The overall aim of the National Service Scheme is to give an extended dimension to the higher education system and orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institutions.

The reason for the formulation of this objective is the general realization that college students tend to get alienated from the village/slum masses which constitute the majority of the population of the country.

The educated youth who are expected to take the reins of administration in future are found to be unaware of the problems of the village/slum community and in certain cases are indifferent towards their needs and problems.

Therefore, it is necessary to arouse the social conscience of the students and to provide them with an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slums. It is felt that their interaction with the common villagers and slum dwellers will expose them to the realities of life and bring about a change in their social perception.

nss objective
nss objective
nss objective

Objectives of NSS

  • Understand the community in which the students work
  • Understand themselves and their community
  • Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in the problem-solving process
  • Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility
  • Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions 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 a democratic attitude
  • Develop the capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters
  • Practice national integration and social harmony.

NSS Badge

The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any program 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 ready 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 spirits. 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 logo

NSS Symbol

The symbol of the National Service Scheme 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.

Motto of NSS

The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is “NOT ME BUT YOU”. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other persons’ 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 program.

nss day

NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24th September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate program and activities.

During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS program and celebrations. The theme song cassette is available and the theme song is given in the end of the Manual.

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