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National Service Scheme

NSS i.e. National Service Scheme Volunteer gets benefit of marks and Certificate of completing 2-years NSS activities, from the respective university. The minimum requirement for this benefit is completion of 240 hours in two academic years, (120 hours in each year) and a seven day residential camp (special camp).

NSS Volunteers do social service in adopted village during the camp. The social service activities such child and adult education, construction of garbage pits, soak pits, chock dams, health check-up camp, tree plantation etc. according to requirement of work in the adopted area.

The camp is organized in such a way that volunteer learns discipline, togetherness and unity, self-actualization, confidence, motivation and sensitivity towards the society.

Every NSS Volunteer experience this camp as an unforgettable experience that everyone should attend once in life.

This camp is for 7 days (residential), however, it is not included in 240 hours.

Apart from the special camp, there are some camps at University, State, National and International level such as Youth Exchange Program, National Republic Day Parade Camp, National Integration Camp, Adventure Camp, Mega Camp etc., where interested volunteers can participate.


The National Service Scheme is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India.

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Launch year: 1969
Ministry: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Motto: Not me but thou (you)

National Service Scheme

National Service Scheme is a student – centered programme and it is complementary to education. It is a noble experiment in academic extension. It inculcates the spirit of voluntary work among students and teachers through sustained community interaction. It brings our academic institutions closer to the society. It is a link between the campus and community, the college and village, knowledge and action. The overall aim of NSS is the Personality Development of students through community service. It gives an extension dimension to Higher Education system and orients the student youth to community service.

National Service Scheme, popularly known as NSS, was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation. Starting with an enrolment of 40000 students in 37 Universities covering all states, the coverage of NSS students increased to about 26.6 lakhs (2006-07) in 198 Universities, 9117 colleges,1196 Technical Institutions, 7542 Plus Two Schools and 41 Plus Two Vocational Higher Secondary Directorates. During its 39 years of fruitful existence more than 2.7crore students have so far benefited from this largest student-volunteer ship programme in the world.


  • Personality Development 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 disaster and Practise 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 Konark 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 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.



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



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.

Organization Structure of NSS

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (Government of India)
Joint Secretary
Programmer Adviser's Cell (PA Cell) (Headed by Programmer Adviser)
NSS Regional Centre
TOC Field offfice
Headed by APA
State Government
(Department of Education) Principal Secretary
(Training wing headed by Coordinator)
NSS State Liason Cell (Headed by Liason Officer)
Liason between State governmnet, Central Government, University, etc.,
University Programme Coordinator
Affiliated Colleges/Institutions (Principal)
Programme Officers