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.
On September 24, 1969, the union education minister Dr.V.K.R.V Rao, launched the NSS program in India.
National service scheme was started to establish a meaningful linkage between the campus and the community.
The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. The operational aim of NSS are
- Making education more relevant to the present situation to meet the felt needs of community and supplement the education of the university /college students by bringing them face to face with the rural situation.
- Providing opportunities to the students to play their role in planning and executing development projects which would not only help in creating durable community assets in rural areas and urban slums but also results in improvement in quality of life of the economically and socially weaker sections of the community.
- Encouraging students and non students to work together along with adults in rural areas.
- Developing qualities of leadership by discovering the latent potential among the campers, both students as well local youth (rural and urban), with a view to involve them more intimately in the development program and also to ensure proper maintenance of assets created during camps.
- 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 disasters.
- Practice national integration and social harmony.