Kiran Kumar L
NSS Programme Office


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.

The programme aims to inculcate social welfare in students, and to provide service to society without bias. NSS volunteers work to ensure that everyone who is needy gets help to enhance their standard of living and lead a life of dignity. In doing so, volunteers learn from people in villages how to lead a good life despite a scarcity of resources. it also provides help in natural and man-made disasters by providing food,clothing and first aid to the disaster victims.

♦  Understand the community in which they work
♦  Understand themselves in relation to their community
♦  Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process
♦  Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
♦  Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems
♦  Develop competence required for group living and sharing of responsibilities
♦  Gain skills in mobilizing community participation
♦  Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude
♦  Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
♦  Practice national integration and social harmony.

The Motto

motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is: ‘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 aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.

NSS Symbol

The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.

NSS Badge

The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red color in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.


NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.

NSS Volunteer

The NSS volunteer, who is a college/+2 level student is the main beneficiary of the programme by way of development of his/her perception about the community, his/her skill to perform certain jobs, and develop quality of a leader, organizer, and an administrator and development of his/her personality as a whole. Through NSS, he/she gets opportunities to see the community closely and thus gets an experience of human nature in relation to his/her environment. This is how the NSS programme aims to make NSS student youth better citizens through “Development of their personality through Community Service”.

Aims of NSS Programmes/Activities

The operational aim of NSS is to integrate the three basic components of the programme. NSS programme should provide a variety of learning experiences which must develop a sense of participation, service and achievement among the volunteers.
The activities should aim at the following:-
(i) Making education more relevant to the present situation to meet the felt needs of the community and supplement the education of the university/college students by bringing them face to face with the rural situation.
(ii) Providing opportunities to the students to play their role in planning and executing development projects which would not only help in creating durable community assets in rural areas and urban slums but also results in the improvement of quality of life of the economically and socially weaker sections of the community.
(iii) Encouraging students and non-students to work together along with the adults in rural areas.
(iv) Developing qualities of leadership by discovering the latent potential among the campers, both students as well as local youth (Rural and Urban), with a view to involve them more intimately in the development programme and also to ensure proper maintenance of the assets created during the camps.
(v) Emphasizing dignity of labor and self-help and the need for combining physical work with intellectual pursuits.
(vi) Encouraging youth to participate enthusiastically in the process of national development and promote national integration, through corporate living and cooperative action. While undertaking these activities, each NSS unit should envisage its programmes/activities aimed at instilling discipline, building character, promotion of physical fitness and development of culture.


NSS volunteer, who has completed 240 hours of regular activities in the period of 2 years and attended annual special camps, will be issued an NSS certificate by the respective university. In case, a volunteer does not fulfill the above condition and has to miss the university certificate, the college authorities may issue a certificate to the NSS volunteer. A model certificate to be issued to the NSS volunteer is given at Annexure – IX.
(a) The NSS volunteers should get appropriate weight age if he/she completes 2 years in NSS and gets the certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor of the university/Head of +2 council Universities may give preference to such NSS volunteers in matters of admission, promotion and other privileges as decided by them.
(b) NSS volunteers should be honored at university level for their excellent and outstanding work in NSS. The universities may prepare guidelines for such incentives.
(c) The states may also institute state level/district level awards for outstanding NSS volunteers.

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