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NSS - National Service Scheme

With Moto of "Not me, But you" The caravan of the National Service Scheme started on 24 September 1969 from the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. In fact, as an Indian, the nation is paramount for all of us and serving our nation is the first objective of every citizen. For the accomplishment of mentioned objective, currently the NSS is providing a designated platform in different states to Youth for their all-round and inclusive development by organizing related creative activities in schools and universities, so the Youth power can be utilized in Country service.

In fact, around the 1960s, on the suggestion of the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a commission was formed to orient the youth towards national service. It was the responsibility of this commission to set up an organization that would organize the youth and ensure their contribution towards the national progress. As a result, the scheme was started on the basis of experimentation in selected schools and educational institutions of that time. Now it can be proudly mentioned that approximately 25 lakh students are involved in this organization which started with merely with 40 thousand students. The main goal of this scheme is to develop the personality of the students as well as motivating them for social service. If put in simple words, this scheme is to energize the wandering, aimless youth of the country by revitalizing and engaging them in constructive and public welfare services, as well as motivating the youth for employment-oriented education.

The insignia of this organization is based on the chariot cycle of the Konark Sun Temple in Odisha. This cycle expresses the period of creation, preservation and release, stating the importance of speed in life beyond time and space, giving great importance to karma in our mythological scripture Srimad Bhagavat Gita, it has been said that no human being can live without karma even for a moment. On the same lines, the National Service Scheme is a sign of making efforts to continuously move forward to bring change and up liftment in the society.

This organization lays special emphasis on the development of self-motivation and self-discipline. Actually in psychology, it is believed that discipline should not be imposed on any human being, but it should be self-created by the consciousness of the individual, because following the following principles keeping in mind the overall development of a person's personality through social service. Must be followed.

  • To inculcate the youth power of the country towards creative and constructive social work.
  • Achieve efficiency in implementing democratic leadership in the country.
  • To inculcate the desire among the youth of the country to serve the weaker section of society.
  • Strengthening the spirit of unity and integrity among the youth of the country.
  • To bridge the gap between literates and illiterates within the country i.e. to spread education.
  • To inculcate the spirit of patriotism among the youth and give adequate encouragement to the spirit of cooperatives.
  • To gain skills in the development program to enable the youth to be able to establish self-employment.
  • To make practical use of one's own talents in solving problems.

The above principles show that a person makes necessary efforts to develop himself. Apart from this, he interacts with the concerned officers and employees and finds out the needs, difficulties and available resources of the society and uses them for proper contamination.

Apart from this, this organization also follows the following objectives

  • Understanding the community for which they are working.
  • Knowing the problems of that community and making efforts to solve them.
  • To develop a sense of social and civic responsibility.
  • To develop the necessary capacity to share responsibilities at the group level.
  • Developing them to deal with emergencies and natural disasters.
  • To practice national unity and social harmony.
  • Achieving leadership qualities and democratic outlook.
  • To acquire the skills to mobilize community participation.

By joining this organization, the youth class tries to use its knowledge and experience in the direction of finding a solution to the problem, which along with the strengthening of the youth power, encourages the unity and integrity of the nation. This organization has helped in accelerating the implementation of other schemes and policies of the government at the national level, making the government schemes out of paper documents to be meaningful on the ground of reality.

In fact, many important meaningful initiatives have been taken by the youth associated with this scheme in very less expenditure. Such as relief work done in emergency, health and family welfare and dietary nutrition programs, education and recreation, production-oriented activities, environmental protection and enhancement, social service related programs, pollution control, etc. Youths are directly involved in the development and development of the nation.

This scheme has made a best and successful attempt to connect the youth with the mainstream of the country after independence. The achievements of this scheme in a short span of time show its importance for all round development of the nation. By joining this scheme, the youth recognizes their lost self-confidence and power and can save themselves from the evils of suicide and many social crimes in present day unemployment.

The following activities are organized under the National Service Scheme.

  • National Integration Camp: National Integration Camp (NIC) is organized every year. The duration of this seven day camp is day and night with boarding and lodging.
  • Adventure Program: This program is also held annually, in which around 1500 Rashtriya Seva Yojana volunteers participate in this program with the participation of at least 50 percent girls. Such camps are organized in the North East region of Arunachal Pradesh and the Himalayan region.
  • Republic Day Parade Camp: Every year on Republic Day, this camp is held in Delhi from January 1 to 31, along with the NSS team is also involved in the Republic Day Parade on Raj path.
  • National Youth Festival: Every year from 12 to 16 January the National Youth Festival is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

How to register with the NSS

The registration of this scheme is free, for which the student contacts the designated National Service Scheme Program Officer in his school, college and universities. The duration of this scheme is two years and a total of 240 hours of social service has to be dedicated in this time period. The volunteer associated with the National Service Scheme has to contribute 20 hours of orientation and 100 hours of community service every year.

Miss Pranjali Mishra
NSS Program Coordinator
Galgotias University

Administrative Structure

The basic unit of NSS normally comprises of 100 volunteers at school/ college level. Galgotias University NSS unit in an institution is led by a teacher designated as ‘Programme Coordinator (PC)’ Dr Vijay Kumar, which plays a pivotal role as an educator, organizer, coordinator, supervisor, administrator and public relations person for the NSS unit.

At University Level, there is an NSS Cell and a designated Programme Coordinator (PC) to coordinate the NSS activities in respect of all NSS units in the University and its affiliated colleges.

Similarly, At State level, there is a State NSS Cell headed by a State NSS Officer (SNO), located in one of the Departments of the State Government.

At the National Level, there is a Directorate of NSS, which functions through 15 Regional Directorates (located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram).

In addition, there are Advisory Committees at National, State, University and Institution level, comprising of official and non-official members, to provide necessary guidance to the NSS functionaries.

Benefits of NSS

Benefit for Students/ National Service Scheme Volunteers

  • Personality Development
  • Incentive
  • Preference in Admission / Employment
  • National Integration camp, Adventure Programme, State level as well as National Level programme
  • It helps in acquiring leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
  • It provides diversified opportunities to students in colleges and universities to develop their personality through community service.
  • It developer a sense of involvement in the task of nation building.
  • Volunteer’s interaction with the slum dwellers and villagers expose them to the realities of life and bring about a change in their social perception.
  • It helps in developing positive attitude, self-confidence, courage & patience.
  • It helps in developing his / her skill to perform certain jobs, quality of an organizer, an
  • Administrator and development of personality as a whole.
  • He/she gets opportunities to see the community closely and thus gets an experience of human nature in relation to his / her environment.
  • Gets the opportunity to meet the people from different walks of life.
  • He/she gets the opportunity to participate in various National / State level programme such as National Integration, Motivational Lamps, value oriented self-development camps, Adventure camps, workshops. Youth exhibition, cultural programmes etc.
  • A National service scheme contingent of 160 (boys and girls) participants selected after a rigorous test participates in the Republic day parade camp for 3 weeks at New Delhi in the month of January every year.
  • NSS volunteer completing 240 hours of regular community service in a period of two years is to be issued an NSS certificate by the college / +2 level Institution or the University/Directorate of education.