The National service scheme, popularly known as NSS was launched in Mahatma 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 levels working for a campus-community linkage.
The cardinal principle of NSS programme is that it is organized by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.
Objectives behind the NSS:
- To enable the students to understand the community in which they work.
- To understand themselves in relation to their community.
- To identify the needs and problems in the community for the solution of which they can be involved.
- To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- To apply their education in finding practical solution to individual and community problems.
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
- To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
- To develop capacity to meet emergencies and national disasters.
- To practice national integration.
The motto of National Service Scheme is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. It shows that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is based on the wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. The wheels of the Sun Temple portray the creation & signify the movement in life across time and space. It signifies the progressive cycle of life as well as implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and up liftment.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The eight bars represent 24 hours of day. It reminds to be in readiness for service of the nation. The Red color indicates the active energy and high spirit. The navy blue color indicates the contribution shared for the welfare of the mankind.