The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji’s Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student’s personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage.
Aims and Objectives
The NSS is part of our academic, social and personal life as it is the third dimension of education. It allows the students to actively contribute their services for the cause of community and the nation, thus helping them develop their personality. Service and attain the traits of a leader of the nation. As such,the NSS is the right platform, where the student- youth of the nation may get to involve with real-life social activities, and thereby become responsible citizen of India.
Motto of NSS:
“NOT ME BUT YOU”
This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore it should be the aims of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programmers.
Objectives :The broad objectives of the NSS are to : –
(i) Understand the community in which the students work.
(ii) Understand themselves in relation to their community.
(iii) Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility.
(iv) Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in the solution of problems.
(v) Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems.
(vi) Develop competence required for collective existence and sharing of responsibilities.
(vii) Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.