National Service Scheme (NSS)

National Service Scheme (NSS) at RTM, Bishalgarh

About National Service Scheme (NSS) :

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji's Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing a student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at the +2 level in working for a better and improved
campus-community linkage.

NSS History:
National Service Scheme (NSS), was launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Govt. of India, in Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Centenary Year 1969, in collaboration with 37 Universities involving 40,000 students with a primary focus on the development of personality of students through community services. Mahatma Gandhi always insisted on the idea that students as youths should be involved in the nation-building process and service of the nation. He suggested that instead of undertaking academic research about economic and social disability, the students should do “something positive so that the life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level.” Gandhiji insisted that the first duty of the students should be, not to treat their period of study as one of the opportunities for indulgence in intellectual luxury, but for preparing themselves for final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods & services so essential to society. Therefore, fostering social responsibility, inculcating dedication, commitment to solving social problems and developing a personality through community service are the main aims of NSS. Today NSS has grown as one of the most
prominent social service institutions and youth movements in the world with more than 38
lakhs of dedicated volunteers all over the country.

NSS Objectives and Aims

The broad objectives of NSS are to

In short, NSS aims to inculcate social service in the student for the welfare of the humanity,
sharing their services to society without bias and enhancing their standard of living while
leading a life of dignity.

NSS Motto

The Motto of NSS "Not Me but You" reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. NSS helps the students develop appreciation to another person's point of view and also show consideration to other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrine in this motto, which underlines the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. Therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.

NSS Symbol and Badge

The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda) situated in Orissa, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation, and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red color indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the humanity. The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service.

NSS Organisation
At the national level, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India is the nodal authority, which works with the state-level NSS cells. The State-level NSS cells are the responsibility of the respective state governments. Within states, each university has a University level NSS cell under which institutions (schools and colleges) based NSS units operate. Most government and government-aided institutions have volunteer NSS units. Institutions are encouraged to have NSS volunteers. A unit typically comprises 100-120 students. They are managed internally by a responsible party from the school or college, who reports to the regional NSS coordinator.

NSS Song

During the Silver Jubilee Year 1994 the NSS theme song “Uthen samaj ke liye uthen uthen…..” was composed. All NSS volunteers are expected to learn and sing the theme song, which is given to them and to sing the song during NSS programmes and celebrations.

NSS was formally launched on September 24th, 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma
Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24th September is celebrated every year as NSS
Day with appropriate programmes and activities.

About NSS at Rabindranath Thakur Mahavidyalaya(RTM), Bishalgarh:
National Service Scheme (NSS) has been introduced at Rabindranath Thakur Mahavidyalaya, Bishalgarh  with 80 volunteers since 2014 and since then NSS has been playing a vital role in enriching the souls and minds of the students by engaging them in the service of the community.  The overall objective of the scheme is that the students learn through various community service projects. It is a student-centered program in which projects are implemented by the NSS volunteers in the community in close collaboration with the community and thereby it provides vast scope for the student's interaction with the people. The students joining this scheme develop many life skills required essential for successful living. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to strive to inculcate the bond of patriotism, national integration, brotherhood, communal harmony among these volunteers.

NSS Volunteers:
The NSS volunteers are students enrolled in the college. They are the primary beneficiary of the programme by way of development of their perception about the community, their skill in performing specific jobs, and in developing the qualities of a leader, an organizer, and an administrator and also the overall development of their personality as a whole. Through NSS, he/she gets opportunities to see the community closely and thus gets an experience of human nature in relation to his/her environment.This is how the NSS programme aims to make the NSS student youth better citizens through“Development of their personality through Community Service.”

NSS Activities at RTM, Bishalgarh:
NSS Unit at RTM, Bishalgarh has been involved in various social service activities, such as Blood Donation, Awareness Drive, Plantation Drive , Gender Empowerment, Camps and Seminars for National Integration & Social Harmony, Disaster Management Workshop & Drill, Environment Protection and Awareness Campaign, Health and Well-being camp and awareness Campaign, Road Safety Campaigns etc. Recently, NSS Unit of the college has adopted the village Harishnagar where the college is situated to work in collaboration with the villagers and village leadership for the overall development of the village by raising awareness on many social issues.

NSS Volunteers List 2019, RTM Bishalgarh