NSS History:

§  Gandhian Vision – Education not an intellectual luxury, but for empowering common along with study and social responsibility.

§  Even since independence there has been growing awareness of the desirability of involving students in National Service.

§  The first Education Commission (1950) recommended the introduction of national service by students on a voluntary basis.

§  A committee was appointed by Prime Minister Pandit Nehru under the chairmanship of Dr. C. D. Deshmukh to prepare a scheme for compulsory national service for youth in several countries.

§  Dr. C. D. Deshmukh recommended that national service may be introduced on a voluntary basis.

§  Similar recommendation was made by the Education Commission appointed under the chairmanship of Dr. D. S. Kothari.

§  In April 1967, the Conference of State Education Ministers recommended that, at the university stage, students could be permitted to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC) which was already in existence on a voluntary basis and an alternative to this could be offered to them in the form of a new programme called the National Service Scheme (NSS).

§  Promising sportsmen, however, should be exempted from both and allowed to join another scheme called National Sports Organization (NSO), in view of the need to give priority to the development of sports and athletics.

§  The conference of vice-chancellors in September 1967 welcomed this recommendation.

§  Planning Commission sanctioned on outlay of Rs. 5 Crore for developing the NSS during the 4th Five Year Plan as a pilot project.

§   Ministry of Education introduced National Service Scheme during 1969-70.

§  1969 was the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi.

NSS Milestones:

§  Starting with an enrolment of 40,000 students in 1969.

§  Each year separate theme.

§  An NSS volunteer has opportunity to participate in Republic day parade.

§  Opportunity to participate national and international evens.

§  From 1994 onwards Indira Gandhi NSS award.

§  10 days camp to 7 days special camp.

NSS Aim:

§  Personality Development of students through community service.

NSS Logo:

The logo of the National Service Scheme is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. This giant wheel portrays the cycle of creation, Preservation, release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. It stands for community as well as change and implies the continuous striving of National Service Scheme for social transformation & 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. The Red colour 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 colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of mankind.

NSS Motto:

§  The motto of NSS is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’.

§  It underlines that the welfare on an individual is ultimately dependent on welfare of society as a whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other man’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings.

 NSS Day: 

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

NSS Objectives:

  • 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 disaster.
  • Practice national integration and social harmony. 

NSS Activities:

  • Regular Activities are undertaken for all volunteers during the working days / weekends / after college hours in Campus / adopted village (120 hrs per year).
  • It includes: meetings, expert talks, awareness rallies, street plays, field visits, field work like tree plantation, road safety, blood donation, etc.
  •  Special Camp activities for selected volunteers for 7 days duration in the adopted village for minimum 3 years. Daily routine starts at 5 am and ends at 10 pm.

    NSS Some Sample Programmes:

     

    Environment Enrichment Programmes:

    • Plantation of trees, their preservation and upkeep.
    • Creation of NSS parks/gardens, Vegetable gardens and Medicinal gardens. 
    • Anti – plastic campaigns – eco friendly Bag making unit.
    • Fodder – cultivation programme.
    • Chlorination of village ponds and wells.
    • Vermi-compost project in each unit.
    • Popularization and construction of Gobar Gas Plants-use of non-conventional energy.
    • Waste Management Programme – Land, Air & Water Pollution.
    • Rainwater harvesting. 
    • Smokeless choolas in Rural Houses.

     

     

     

    Educational Programmes:

    • Legal Literacy Programme.
    • Equivalency Programme in association with State Literacy Mission.
    • Computer Literacy.
    • Consumer Awareness Programme.
    • Human Rights Awareness Programme.
    • Career Guidance Programme.
    • Traffic Awareness Programme.
    • Value Education Programme.
    • Communicative Skill.
    • Personality Development & Leadership Programme.
    • Stress Management Programme.
    • Effective Parenting.
    • Energy Conservation Programme.

     


     

    Relief & Rehabilitation work during Natural Calamities:

    • Care and Share Project.
    • Miss a Meal Project.
    • Palliative Care Programme.
    • Disaster Management Programme – Assisting the authorities at the time of natural disaster and calamity.

     

     

     

    other programs:

    • Creation of Durable Assets.
    • Home for the Homeless.
    • Libraries in adopted places, hospitals, jails etc.
    • Construction of sanitary latrines.

    Women Empowerment Programs:

    • Programs for educating women about constitutional & legal rights.
    • Creating awareness among women to contribute to economic and social well being of community
    • Imparting training to women like sewing, embroidery, knitting and other skills where ever possible.
    • Creating awareness among women that there is no occupation or vocation which is not open to them.

     

     

     

    Social Service Programmes:

    • Two days in a Palliative care centre.
    • Work in institutions meant for physically and mentally handicapped.
    • Organizing blood donation camps and eye-pledge programmes.
    • Work in Cheshire Homes, Orphans, Homes for the aged etc.
    • Work in welfare organizations of women.
    • Prevention of slumps through social education and community action.
    • Programmes for making villages self sufficient.
    • Soap making units, Paper carry bag making units, Tailoring units.

     

    Health Awareness Programmes:

    • Anti – Drug Campaign. 
    • First – Aid Training Programme.
    • Palliative Care Units.
    • Blood – Donation Drive.
    • AIDS Awareness Programme. 
    • Healthy Food Habits.
    • Healthy Life Style.

     

    Production Oriented Programmes:

    • Working with people and explaining and teaching of improved agricultural practices.
    • Rodent control and pest control practices.
    • Weed control.
    • Soil testing, soil health care and soil conservation.
    • Assistance in repair of agriculture machinery.
    • Work for the promotion and strengthening of co-operative societies

     

     

     

    in villages.

    • Assistance and guidance in poultry farming, animal husbandry, care of animal health etc.
    • Popularization of small savings and assistance in procuring bank loans.
    • Volunteer exchange programme in Special Camps.
    • Regular activities in the adopted villages according to action plan.
    • Collaborative research on social issues.
    • Seven days special camps during Onam and Christmas vacations.
    • Other state level programmes.
    • Besides this a separate theme will be adopted for the NSS activities in the campuses : Cleanliness through Homes – An Environmental awareness programme.
    • Water shed management.
    • Tribal village development.

     


    Observation of Important National & International Days:

    • National Youth Day – 12th January
    • Republic Day – 26th January
    • Martyr’s Day –  30th January
    • International Women’s Day - 8th March
    • World Health Day – 7th April
    • Anti-Terrorism Day – 21st May
    • World No Tobacco Day – 31st May
    • World Environment Day – 5th June
    • World Population Day – 11th July
    • Independence Day – 15th August
    • Sadhbhavana Day – 20th August
    • International Literacy Day – 8th September

     

    • International Peace Day – 15th September
    • NSS Day – 24th September
    • National Blood Donation Day – 1st October
    •  World Non-violence Day – 2nd October
    • National Integration Day – 19th November
    • World AIDS Day – 1st December
    • World Human Rights Day – 10th December
  • Observation of Important Weeks:

    • Electrical Safety Week : 11 – 17 January
    • National Youth Week : 12 – 19 January
    • Van Mahotsava Week : 1 – 7 July
    • International Literacy Week : 8 – 14 July
    • National Service Scheme Popularization & Publicity Week : 24 September – 2 October
    • Quami Ekta Week : 19 – 25 November

     

     

     Why Students Participation?

    • Here one may ask why so much stress on the role and functioning of the University/Board Youth. The point of fact is that after independence our country has set some national goals such as democracy, secularism and socialism which are new to our history and tradition. However, these new goals, concepts have become the ingredients of the mainstream of India’s National life. On the other hand, traditionally the unity of Indian Society was bound up by religion, rituals customs, usages and festivals etc, but after independence, religion ceased to work as a factor of national unity. The emerging forces which we have created to hold the nations united.
    • The generation is confronted with a kind of identity confusion where uncertainty about youth’s further role in society looms large on the nation’s horizon. Then, there emerged an authority crisis wherein; the constraints of the old order, namely religion and traditions are in fact becoming weak and the new constraints emanating from the new national goals have proved to be loose, vague and ineffective on the youth.
    • In order to achieve national solidarity we shall have to create some other forces which may develop in our students a collective conscience and structural alignment both at the psychic and social level. The outreach programme such as National Service Scheme is perhaps an experiment towards this direction. It is expected that the student while engaged in the activities of the scheme would develop a sense of belongingness to the needs of the society, which surrounds them. If this belongingness is cultivated, fertilized and gets a root, the academic structure of education will have a social, structural attachment to the soil of their community.

                                                                                                                  Mr. Dattu B. Ghane 
                                                                                                        Program Coordinator-NSS

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