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National Service Scheme (NSS)

National Service Scheme was launched in the Mahatma Gandhi Birth Centenary year 1996, as a student youth service programe, National Service Scheme (NSS) aims at arousing social consciousness of the youth with an overall objective of personality development of the students through community service.

Motto

NSS aims at the involvement mainly of under-graduate students on a voluntary basis in various activities of social service and national development, which while making a contribution to socio-economic progress, would also provide opportunities to the students to understand and appreciate the problems of the community, awaken social consciousness and inculcate in them a sense of dignity of labour.

There has been a great deal of enthusiasm among the students i9n the various programmes taken up under the scheme.  At the same time, there has been a demand from several quarters that opportunities should be provided to the youth going out of the universities and colleges to engage themselves on a whole time basis for a specific period in activities of social and national service.  Some attempts in this direction have been made in some States during the last few years

OBJECTIVES

  1. Overall objectives
  2. specific objectives

Overall objectives
The overall objectives of the National Service Scheme is educational.  Service to the community is the activity through which this objective is sought to be obtained.

Specific objectives

  • To create communal harmony among the students and the local population.
  • To engage in creative and constructive social action.
  • To promote the concept of dignity of labour.
  • Practical application of knowledge in solving social problems.
  • To encourage team spirit and leadership qualities.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • All Volunteers should work under the guidance of a group leader nominated by the Programme Officer.
  • They should make themselves worthy of the confidence and co-operation of the group/community leadership.
  • Since practice comes before precept, volunteers should in spite confidence in local people and with their cooperation by themselves setting an example and thus smoothen the way for discussions and local acceptance of suggestions from the volunteers.  Personal contact with the people is necessary for the success of any NSS Programme.
  • Volunteers should scrupulously avoid entering into any discussion of a controversial nature with the local people, particularly on caste, creed, community, religion and politic.
  • They should keep day-to-day record of their activities/experience in the enclosed pages of the diary and submit to the Programme Officer for periodic guidance.
  • It is obligatory on the part of the every volunteer to wear the NSS Badge while on work.
  • The other two essential conditions are unstinted co-operation and strict maintenance of team spirit.
  • Simple, unostentatious dress code. Discipline, devoted and sincere work is expected from the volunteers.