The National Service Scheme (NSS)

NSS: Brief Introduction

The National Service Scheme (NSS) was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of the father of the nation. Hence the idea of involving students in the task of national service dates back to the times of Mahatma Gandhi who tried to impress upon his student audience that they should always keep before them their supreme responsibility. The first duty of the students should be to prepare themselves for final dedication to the service of the community. It (Scheme) is also essential for the overall development of the personality of the students.


The overall objective of the NSS is service to the community and the nation to awaken the social consciousness of the students. The objectives are sought to be achieved by enabling the students to:

  1. Understand the community in which they work;
  2. Understand themselves in relation to their community;
  3. Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
  4. Apply their education to finding solutions to individual and cosmmunity problems;
  5. Develop competence required for responsibility sharing and group living;
  6. Acquire a democratic attitude, leadership qualities and practice national integrations.
  7. Develop the capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters;

The motto of NSS is “NOT ME BUT YOU”. This expresses the essence of democratic living, uphold the need for selfless service and appreciations of other man’s point of view.

It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of the NSS for social transformation, upliftment and integration.

24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.

There are two types of activities/programmes under the NSS, these are as follows:-

  1. Regular NSS activities under which students undertake various activities in the adopted villages, college campus and urban Shimla during the working hours or after college hours and
  2. Special camping activities /programmes under which 7 days duration camps are organized in adopted village or urban slums.

An NSS volunteer has to put 120 hours of social work in one year or 240 hours in two years of different programmes/activities and special camping. He/She should be fully conversant with the objectives of the NSS. An NSS volunteer, after completing 240 hours of regular and special activities becomes entitled to an NSS Certificate.

Dr. Arun Dhafraik, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English One Unit of NSS Comprising 100 Volunteers By and large he/she (P.O.) plays the role of an organizer, an educator, a coordinator, a supervisor, an administrator and a public relations person to improve the quality and magnitude of the NSS programme in the college/institution.