National Service Scheme (NSS)
Community service rendered by university and +2 level students has covered several aspects like adoption of villages for intensive development work, carrying out the medico-social surveys, setting up of medical centres, programmes of mass immunization, sanitation drives, adult education programmes for the weaker sections of the community, blood donation, helping patients in hospitals, helping inmates of orphanages and the physically handicapped etc. NSS volunteers did commendable relief work during natural calamities/emergencies such as cyclones, floods, famine, earthquake, et. From time to time all over the country. The NSS students have also done useful work in organising campaigns for eradication of social evils, and popularization of the nationally accepted objectives like nationalism, democracy, secularism, social harmony and development of scientific temper.
The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are :
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
4. To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
5. To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions 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 attitudes
9. To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
10. To practise National integration and social harmony
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 students develop appreciation to other person's point of view and also show consideration to 'other living beings'. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrined in this motto, which underlines on the belief that the welfare .of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.
Administrative Structure at Institution Level:
The unit at college/+2 level is the grass-root unit in NSS. The organisation keeps contact with the community, administration, student youth and teaching faculty through this unit only. Therefore, the organisation and management of NSS unit are of vital significance.
An institution will be allotted NSS units according to the strength of students. The number of units will be allotted by the Programme Coordinator in consultation with NSS Regional Centre and State Liaison Officer considering the demands of the institution. It is expected that the institution will provide necessary facilities for the successful running of the NSS unit because it is a part of the institution. The strength of a unit will be 100 NSS volunteers normally.
Enrollment of NSS Volunteers
1. At college level the NSS volunteers will be enrolled from the first and second year degree-class students. Preference should be given to the students who have worked as NSS volunteers at +2 level also.
2. Students belonging to minority communities, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes should be encouraged to participate in NSS. They should be given due representation where more students desire to join NSS.
3. 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. Same restriction will apply to the NSS Programme Officers also.
PROGRAMME OFFICER – APPOINTMENT, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
1. The Programme Officer is expected to motivate student youth to understand the values and philosophy of NSS. The overall functions of Programme Officer is 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.
2. To discharge his/her obligations under NSS Programme the Programme Officer plays the role of an organiser, an educator, a coordinator, a supervisor, an administrator, and public relation officer to improve the quality and magnitude of NSS programme in his/her institution. His/her functions can be stated as under :-
As an Organizer
1. To interpret the scheme to the students and other members of the college community and create awareness about the scheme;
2. To Motivate, recruit and select student for NSS work;
3. To enlist cooperation and coordination of community agencies, government departments and non-governmental agencies; and
4. To select service projects on the basis of utility an feasibility.
As an Educator
1. To prepare orientation programme for NSS volunteers, explain them about the concept of social service, and teach them methods and skills required for achieving the objectives of the scheme;
2. To promote community education through meetings, talks, news bulletins discussions etc.; and
3. To help in formulating NSS programmes which will have direct relationship with the academic curricula.
As a Coordinator
1. To coordinate NSS activities in accordance with the students ability and community demands.
2. To coordinate internal resources available in the form of teaching expertise of teachers for enhancing the knowledge and skills of the students in implementation of the scheme; and
3. To coordinate various external resources available in the forms of government services; welfare agencies and voluntary bodies for the success of the NSS programme.
As a Supervisor
1. To assist students to learn how to do their jobs. His/her supervisory and consultative skills should enable students to set realistic goals and see problems as challenge and take appropriate steps to solve them.
2. To assist in evaluation and follow-up work.
As an Administrator
1. To keep the Principal, College Advisory Committee and the Programme Coordinator of the University informed of the activities of the unit;
2. To run day-to-day administration of the programme;
3. To attend correspondence regularly;
4. To maintain record of students participation and activities undertaken;
5. To prepare progress report periodically for submission to college/school and university;
6. To keep accounts and stock in the prescribed forms; and
7. To prepare annual calendar of activities to be undertaken.
As a Public Relation Person
1. To inform the community about the scheme through press reports, radio and television programmes, pamphlets, seminars and speaker’s forums.
2. To initiate IEC campaigns for image building of NSS in order to inspire and motivate the students and community.