NNational Service Scheme, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. of India, popularly known as NSS was launched in Gandhiji's Birth Centenary Year 1969, in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service.
Today, NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers on its roll spread over 298 Universities and 42 (+2) Senior Secondary Councils and Directorate of Vocational Education all over the country. From its inception, more than 3.75 crores students from Universities, Colleges and Institutions of higher learning have benefited from the NSS activities, as student volunteers.
Developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level.
2. Working for a campus-community linkage.
“Not me, but you”
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.
At national level, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India is the nodal authority, which works with state-level NSS cells.
State-level NSS cells are responsibility of the respective state governments.
Within states, each university has University level NSS cell under which institutions (schools and colleges) based NSS units operate.
A unit typically comprises 40–80 students. They are managed internally by a responsible party from the school or college, who reports to the regional NSS coordinator.
Camps are held annually, funded by the government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a city suburb
Volunteers may be involved in such activities as: Cleaning Afforestation Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness Awareness Rallies Inviting doctors for health camps
There are no predefined or preassigned tasks; it is left up to the volunteers to provide service in any way that is feasible. Camps typically last between a week and 10 days, although camps for shorter periods are also conducted by NSS.
In some institutions volunteers are involved in regular blood donation and traffic control (regulating queues in temples, Hospitals and preventing stampedes at functions).
National conferences are held regularly to conduct white-paper and project presentations.
NSS resembles the Bharat Scouts and Guides, National Cadet Corps (NCC) and other programmes developed for national welfare.
NSS Program Officer
Mr Anand Raj S N, B.E. M.Tech
Email id: firstname.lastname@example.org