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NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME


NOT ME!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BUT YOU!!!


National Service Scheme (NSS) was launched during 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, in 37 universities involving 40000 students. NSS is an extension dimension to the higher education system to orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institutions. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

 

Aims and objectives of NSS


  1. To understand the community in which they work;
  2. To understand themselves in relation to their community;
  3. To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process.
  4. To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
  5. To utilise their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems;
  6. To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities:
  7. To gain skills in mobilising community participation;
  8. To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude;
  9. To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters; and
  10. To practice national integration and social harmony

 

Motto of NSS


The Motto of NSS "Not Me but You” reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. NSS helps the student’s development & appreciation to other person's point of view and also show consideration towards other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is a good doctrine in this motto, which underlines on the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.

 

 

NSS Symbol

NSS - S.T. HINDU COLLEGE


  • The NSS symbol is based on the "Rath" wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha.
  • The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
  • 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 giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space.

 

NSS Badge:


The NSS logo is embossed on the badge of NSS. The eight bars in the wheel of NSS logo represent the 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

 

NSS Day


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

 

NSS Song


During Silver Jubilee year 1994 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.


We shall overcome

We shall overcome

We shall overcome some day

O! deep in my heart

I do believe that

We shall overcome some day

 

We’ll walk hand in hand

We’ll walk hand in hand

We’ll walk hand in hand today

O! deep in my heart

I do believe that

We shell overcome some day

 

We shall live in peace.

We shall live in peace.

We shall live in peace today

O! deep in my heart

I do believe that

We shall overcome some day

 

We shall not be afraid

We shall not be afraid

We shall not be afraid today

O! deep in my heart

I do believe that

We shall overcome some day

 

Enrolment in NSS


NSS is a voluntary scheme. NSS scheme starts from 11th Standard onwards. At college level the NSS volunteers will be enrolled from the first and second year degree-class students. The students from foreign countries studying in Indian universities can also join NSS so that they may share the experiences of national reconstruction and community work. NCC cadets will not be allowed to join NSS. Similarly NSS volunteers will not participate in NCC or any other youth organisation as long as they are in NSS.

 

An NSS volunteer needs to devote a total of 240 hours social service in two years duration. Every year, a NSS volunteer has to devote 20 hrs. of orientation and 100 hrs. of community service.

 

To enrol as NSS volunteer, contact the NSS Programme Officer of your school / college. Enrolment in NSS is free.

 

The NSS volunteers on successful completion of the required hours of service are issued a certificate. NSS volunteers can get some weightage during admissions in higher studies and other benefits as decided by the institutions/university.

 

Themes of the programme


In the past the themes of the Special Camping Programmes have been 'Youth against Famine', 'Youth against Dirt and Disease', 'Youth for Rural Reconstruction', 'Youth for Eco-Development', 'Youth for Mass Literacy', 'Youth for National Integration & Social Harmony', 'Youth for Sustainable Development with special focus on Watershed Management and Wasteland Development', `Healthy Youth for Healthy India` and now “Youth for Cleanliness”.

 

LIST OF INTERNATIOAL AND NATIONAL DAYS/WEEKS TO BE OBSERVED BY NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME

 

 DAYS                                                                DATE        

01. National Youth Day                                  -           12th January

02. Republic Day                                            -           26th January

03. Martyr Day                                               -           30th January

04. International Women Day                        -           8th March

05. World Health Day                                    -           7th April

06. Anti-Terrorism Day                                  -           21st May

07. World No Tobacco Day                           -           31st May

08. World Environment Day                          -           5th June

09. World Population Day                              -           11th July

10. Independence Day                                    -           15th August

11. Sadbavana Day                                         -           20th August

12. International Literacy Day                       -           8th September

13. International Peace Day                           -           15th September

14. NSS Day                                                   -           24th September

15. National Blood Donation Day                  -           1st October

16. Communal Harmony Day                        -           2nd October

17. National Integration Day                          -           19th November

18. World AIDS Day                                      -           1st December

19. World Human Rights Day                        -           10th December

 

Regular Activities


NSS volunteers generally work in villages, slums to complete 120 hours of regular activities during an academic year. As per the fundamental principles of National Service Scheme, a volunteer is expected to remain in constant touch with the community. Hence, it is of vital importance that a particular village/slum is selected for implementation of NSS programmes. As the NSS volunteer is to live with the members of the community during the 7 days Special Camping Programme and learn from their experience during his/her tenure in NSS, the village/slum should be carefully selected for adoption by NSS unit.

 

120 hours per year and 240 hours for 2 consecutive year

 

  • General Orientation of NSS Volunteers.

NSS Day Celebrations                                               -           20 Hrs.

  • Career guidance for the NSS Volunteers,

by the experts and campus work                                 -           30 hrs.

  • Skill development (first aid, disaster management,

public speaking, leadership motivation, HIV/AIDS

awareness etc.).                                                          -           26 hrs

  • Community Development Projects

(in the adopted village) – Survey in the village,

tree plantation, Health, Cleanliness, Road Safety,

Visits to Homes, technical training for rural

youth and SHG, sanitation, women development

programmes, consumer Awareness etc.                     -           44 hrs.

 

 

Regular Activities


  • Blood detection camps, blood donation etc.
  • Campus cleaning.
  • Celebration of important days.
  • Orientation camps.
  • Participation of students in various seminars conducted all over the state.
  • Various cultural activities aiming at personality development of students.
  • Tree Plantation and etc.,

 

Special Camping Programme


Special Camping forms an integral part of National Service Scheme. It has special appeal to the youth as it provides unique opportunities to the students for group living, collective experience sharing and constant interaction with community.

 

Special camps are organized generally on various developmental issues of national importance. In the past the themes of the Special Camping Programmes have been 'Youth against Famine', 'Youth against Dirt and Disease', 'Youth for Rural Reconstruction', 'Youth for Eco-Development' and 'Youth for Mass Literacy', 'Youth for National Integration & Social Harmony'. 'Youth for Sustainable Development with special focus on Watershed Management and Wasteland Development. Every year 50 percent of the volunteers of each NSS unit are expected to participate in special camps which is of seven days duration.

 

 Duties of NSS Volunteers


First and Second year students have to be enrolled as NSS Volunteers. NSS volunteer should put in ,

  • Establish rapport with the people in the project area
  • Identify needs, problems and resources of the community
  • Plan program and carry out the plan.
  • Relate learning experience towards finding solutions to the problem identified, and
  • Record the activities in work diary systematically and assess the progress periodically and effect changes as and when needed.

 

List of activities during Regular as well as Special Camping


The aim of the Regular and special Camping programme is to bring youth face to face with the community and make efforts to improve their life. The NSS volunteers are to devote about 80 hours in Regular Activities for the development of the adopted village. Special Camping has been conceived as an opportunity to live with that community for 7 days, and experience the conditions and problems of the people. The NSS volunteers need to be inspired to take initiatives for the improvement of their condition. Although the focus of the Special Camps change periodically and regular programmes are organized in response to the community needs at the micro-level, some broad areas of activities are enumerated below:-


  • Plantation of trees, their preservation and upkeep.
  • Construction & maintenance of village streets, drains, etc. so as to keep the environment clean;
  • Cleaning of village ponds and wells;
  • Environmental sanitation and disposal of garbage & composting;
  • Programme of mass immunization;
  • Provision of safe and clean drinking water;
  • Integrated child development programmes;
  • Programmes of educating people and making them aware of women's rights both constitutional and legal;
  • Creating consciousness among women that they too contributed to economic and social well-being of the community;
  • Work with the organisations of child welfare;
  • Organizing blood donation, eye pledge programmes;
  • Work in welfare organisations of women;
  • Legal literacy, consumer awareness.
  • Swacch Bharat Mission
  • Digital awareness,
  • Voter awareness.

NSS PROGRAMME OFFICERS


UNIT I


Prof. D. ARUN KUMAR, MCA., M.Phil.,

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Application,

NSS Prorammme Officer – Unit - I

Shanmuga Industries Arts and Science College,

Tiruvannamalai – 606 601.

Mail ID: nss@shanmugacollege.edu.in

 

UNIT II


Prof. M. PANEERSELVAN, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

Assistant Professor, PG and Research Department of English,

NSS Prorammme Officer – Unit - II

Shanmuga Industries Arts and Science College,

Tiruvannamalai – 606 601.

            Mail ID: nss@shanmugacollege.edu.in