National Service Scheme
The National Service Scheme, or NSS, is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Launched in 1969, the NSS aims to instill the idea of social welfare in students and to provide them with opportunities to actively contribute to the well-being of the community.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the 'Rath' wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel, primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and 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. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. 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.
Since National Service Scheme is aimed at developing the personality of NSS volunteers through community service, hence, all NSS activities provide an opportunity for NSS volunteers to involve themselves in community service.
Participation in NSS Programme/Training
A student enrolled as an NSS volunteer will have to put in 120 hours for community work in a year for a period of 2 years. He/she is likely to participate in different programmes and projects under NSS. The distribution of 120 hours on NSS activities is given as under:
- Each NSS volunteer who joins NSS will undergo an orientation in NSS Programme for 20 hours out of 120 hours. The 20 hours meant for orientation will further be divided as general orientation - 2 hours; special orientation - 8 hours and programme skill learning - 10 hours. During the general orientation, the NSS volunteers will get to know the history and growth of the NSS programme, aims, objectives and other basic concepts of NSS.
- After the general orientation is completed the students will be given special orientation where information regarding the realities of life pertaining to community and its problems will be given. Volunteers will be encouraged to know more about the problems of village/urban slums and will be oriented for the schemes which are sponsored by the Government agencies and voluntary organizations in the field of community service.
- The 3rd part of orientation will consist of developing programme skills that are essential for community work and completion of NSS projects.
- To establish rapport with the people in the project area.
- Identify needs, problems and resources of the community
- Plan programmes and carry out the plans
- Relate learning and experience towards finding solutions to the problems identified
- Record the activities in the work diary systematically and assess the progress periodically and effect changes, as and when needed
Code of Conduct
- All volunteers shall work under the guidance of a group leader nominated by the Programme Officer.
- They shall make themselves worthy of the confidence and cooperation of the group/community leadership.
- They shall scrupulously avoid entering into any controversial issues.
- They shall keep a day-to-day record of their activities/experience in the enclosing pages of the diary and submit them to the Programme Officer for guidance.
- It is obligatory on the part of every volunteer to wear the NSS BADGE while at work.
NSS volunteer who has completed 240 hours of regular activities in the period of 2 years and attended one annual special camp, will be issued an NSS certificate by the SDM University.