About National Service Scheme (NSS)
The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th Class of schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate & Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of students strength increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million up to the end of March 2018 students in various universities, colleges and Institutions of higher learning have volunteered to take part in various community service programmes.
The NSS Badge Proud to Serve the Nation:
All the youth volunteers who opt to serve the nation through the NSS led community service wear the NSS badge with pride and a sense of responsibility towards helping needy.
The Konark wheel in the NSS badge having 8 bars signifies the 24 hours of a the day, reminding the wearer to be ready for the service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours.
Red colour in the badge signifies energy and spirit displayed by the NSS volunteers.
The Blue colour signifies the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
The motto of National Service Scheme is NOT ME BUT YOU
Benefits of Being a NSS Volunteer:
A NSS volunteer who takes part in the community service programme would either be a college level or a senior secondary level student. Being an active member these student volunteers would have the exposure and experience to be the following:
- an accomplished social leader
- an efficient administrator
- a person who understands human nature
The NSS is an extension program of RTM Nagpur University. The NSS was started in 1977. The first NSS Program Officer was Mr. A. K. Zade. After him Mr A. W. Imane took over the charge. He served this unit up to May 2001. After the retirement of Mr. A. W. Imane, Dr. Joseph Benjamin, Head of the department of Political Science, took over the charge of NSS. In the year 2011, Dr Roy George was appointed as the programme Officer and he continues to be working with the students until Dr. P. K. Sakharkar took over the charge in 2019.
The NSS has basically two types of activities viz.
(i) Regular Activities
(ii) Special Camp (Village Camp)
In the category of Regular activities there are various works done by the NSS volunteers throughout the year.
(a) Campus cleanliness drive.
(b) Tree plantation.
(c) AIDS Awareness program.
(d) Street Play on Alcoholism, Corruption and Unemployment, etc.
(e) Police Patrolling during Ganpati Visharjan.
(f) Visit to social work centers.
(g) Rally on various themes.
(h) Seminar / Workshop on various themes.
(i) Rehabilitation work.
For Special Camp, a village is selected for the camp. 50 students of NSS are taken to village. The camp is helped by the village Sarpanch.
Village camp is planned in advance. The NSS volunteers are divided in many groups. The tasks that the NSS volunteers take during the village camp are:
(a) Interaction session with villagers.
(b) Cleanliness drive.
(c) Street play, on Superstition, Alcoholism, etc.
(d) Free Medical camp for the villagers.
(e) Tree plantation.
(f) Cultural programs
(g) Interaction with Village Panchayat & Primary School Teachers.
Volunteers take part in State / National seminars and workshops. The students have already participated in state / National seminars / workshops. The places where the students were sent for the National camp are: Eluru, Bangalore, Hampi, Pune, Wardha, Delhi & Bombay
NSS conducts the following programmes every year:
Shramdan (Campus Cleaning) , Awareness programme on HIV / AIDS, Blood donation, Organ donation, and various other subjects of social importance, Blood donation camp, Street play
Visit to old Age Homes, Orphanages, Home for handicap, Celebrate ‘Joy of Giving’ week etc
Apart from these programmes every year NSS organize Village Camps SFS College unit have adopted one village, Chincholi near Fedri, 10 Kilometers away from the college. During the camp the volunteers organizes various programmpes for the villagers . They interact with the people, Discuss about their life in the village. Volunteers conduct awareness programmes for the villagers on various issues like Cleanliness, Hygiene, Need of education, Drug abuse, All kinds of discrimination prevailing in the society etc. The volunteers get very good support from the villagers and the Sarpunch all the time.
Incentive Marks Given:
Participation in Regular NSS – Program (Minimum 120 hours in 2 Years) [3 Marks].
Participation in NSS special camp at collage level – [3 Marks].
Participation in University or State /National level camp. [4 Marks]
For joining NSS:
Contact NSS Program Officer of the College.