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NSS

Introduction

National Service Scheme (NSS) is a permanent Youth Programme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and funded by Government of Tamil Nadu and Government of India in the ratio of 5:7 .

Objective of NSS

 The Main Objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are: 

  • 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.
  • Develop themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
  • Develop the competence required for group –living and sharing responsibilities.
  • Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
  • Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
  • Develop capacity to adapt to emergency situation like natural disasters and
  • Practice National integration and Harmony.

 On the whole NSS is Development of personality of students through Community Service.

Motto

The motto of NSS is "NOT ME BUT YOU". It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need of self-less service and appreciation of the other man's point of view and also consideration for fellow human beings. Therefore NSS volunteers shall strive for the well being of the society.

Symbol

      The NSS symbol is based on the "Rath Wheel" of the Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. The giant wheel portrays the cycles of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of Sun Chariot Wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving for social change. 

Badge

 The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme or community service. The konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars, which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for the service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. 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 the mankind.

 NSS DAY 

NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969, the birth Centenary year of Father of 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 programmes 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 to- day

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 to-day

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 to-day

O!  deep in my heart

 I do believe that

 We shall overcome some day. 

 

NSS Unit & Programme Officer

One NSS Unit consists of 100 student volunteer guided by one Programme Officer who will be a faculty member. The Programme Officer is expected to motivate the student youth to understand the values and philosophy of NSS. The overall functions of Programme Officer are to help the students to plan, implement and evaluate the activities of NSS under his/her charge and give proper guidance and directions to the student volunteers.

 

NSS Student Volunteers

Any student enrolled as a NSS volunteer, should put in atleast 240 hours of useful social work in a continuous period of two years (i.e. 120 hours per year). A work diary is to be maintained by each NSS volunteer, which will help him/her in the assessment in his/her performance. Such volunteer is eligible to get NSS Service Certificate from the colleges.

 

NSS Theme for the Year-2008-2009

Every year the Government of India a theme based on which the NSS activities of the year shall be carried out.

         HEALTHY YOUTH FOR HEALTH INDIA
Under this theme all the health related issues may be covered which include General Health, Mental health, Spiritual Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Abuse, Adolescent Health and Population Education. This theme will be continued for the next 2 years.

 

Activities of NSS Volunteers and Adoption of Village

The Activities under NSS are two-fold, viz. i) Regular activities, which are undertaken during the working days of the semester, and ii) Special Camping activities for 07 days duration in the adopted village/urban slum during vacation. 

Each NSS unit is expected to adopt a near by village/slum and work for its all round development. Regular activities and special campus should preferably be organised in the adopted village/rural unit/slum for this purpose.  

 

Regular Activities

Under this, students undertake various Programmes in the adopted villages, College Campuses and urban slums during weekends or after college hours. The activities shall be planned as follows as per DPAs NSS RC's Lr.No.2-21/2001-2002/NSS dt.3.9.2001.  

 

1.

General orientation of NSS Volunteers, NSS Day Celebrations

        20 Hours

2.

Career guidance for the NSS Volunteers, by the experts and by the NSS  Volunteers for +2 Students

        30 Hours

3.

Skill development (first aid, disaster management, public speaking)  

        26 Hours

4.

Community Development Projects - Health, Cleanliness, Road Safety, Visits to Homes, Consumer Awareness etc

        44 Hours

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Total

       120 Hours

 SPECIAL CAMPING PROGRAMME 

Under this, 07 days camp organized in the adopted villages with a specified theme being given by Govt. of India by involving local youth. The Special camp should be conducted only in the adopted villages or the group of villages /Urban slums for intensive social development.

NSS THEME FOR THE YEAR 2008-2009

         "  HEALTHY YOUTH FOR HEALTH INDIA " 

Under this theme all the health related issues may be covered which include General Health, Mental health, Spiritual Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Abuse, Adolescent Health and Population Education. 

The Activities conducted at the Camps are

  • Free Medical Camp
  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Conducting a Social Economy Survey
  • Planting Tree Saplings
  • Awarenesss about Drinking,Smoking,Aids
  • Technical Training for Youths
  • Literacy Campaigning
  • Cleaning Schools and Temple Premises at the village.