The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a central sector scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth from 11th & 12th class of schools and graduates & postgraduates at college and University level of India to take part in various government-led community service activities and programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands-on experience to young students in delivering community service.
The programme aims at instilling the idea of social welfare in students, and to provide service to society without bias. The NSS volunteers work to ensure that everyone who is needy gets help to enhance their standard of living and lead a life of dignity. In doing so, the volunteers learn from people in villages how to lead a good life despite the scarcity of resources. It also provides help in natural and man-made disasters by providing food, clothing and first aid to the disaster victims.
Type of Activities
There are two types of activities: Regular Activities (120 hours) and Annual Special Camp(120 hours). All the NSS volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of work under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the University under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator. The Annual Camps are known as Special Camps. Camps are held annually, funded by the Government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a city suburb. Volunteers may be involved in activities such as
- Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness
- Awareness Rallies
- Inviting doctors for health camps
- Community Survey