National Service Scheme (NSS)
National 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.
Need of NSS
After independence the University Grants Commission, headed by S. Radhakrishnan, recommended the introduction of voluntary national service in academic institutions. This idea was again considered by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at its meeting in January, 1950; after examining the idea and the experiences of other countries in this field, the board recommended that students and teachers should devote time to voluntary manual work. In 1958 Jawaharlal Nehru, in a letter to the chief ministers, considered the idea of social service as a prerequisite for graduation. He directed the Ministry of Education to formulate a suitable scheme for the introduction of national service into academic institutions.
The broad objectives of NSS are to:
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 disasters
Practice national integration and social harmony.
"NOT ME, BUT YOU" This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other personís point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme
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