Aims and Objectives
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, with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service
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 and
• Practice national integration and social harmony.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS Volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of Community service. The Kodak 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 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.
The symbol of the NSS 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. It stands for community as well as change and implies the continuous striving of National Service Scheme for social Transformation & upliftment.
The motto of NSS is ‘NOT Me But You’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings.