National Service Scheme(NSS)

About NSS

The Planning Commission sanctioned an outlay of 5 crores for National Service Scheme (NSS) during the Fourth Five Year Plan. It was stipulated that the NSS programme should be started as a pilot project in select institutions and universities. On September 24, 1969, the then Union Education Minister Dr.V.K.R.V.Raio, launched the NSS programme in 37 universities covering all States and simultaneously requested the Chief Ministers of States for their cooperation and held. It was appropriate that the programme was started during the Gandhi Centenary Year as it was Gandhi ji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian independence and the social uplift of the downtrodden masses of our nation.


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 among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility,
  • utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems,
  • develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities,
  • gain skills in mobilising community participation,
  • acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes,
  • develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
  • 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.


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 NSS Symbol is embossed on the badge. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.


24th September

NSS Song

Uthen samaj ke liye uthen uthen,
Jagen swarashtra ke liye jagen jagen,
Sawayam sajen vasundhara sanwar den-2

Hum uthen uthega jag hamare sang sathiyon,
Hum badhe to sab badhenge apne ap sathiyon,
Jamin pe asman ko utar den-2
Sawayam sajen vasundhara sanwar den-2

Udasiyon ko dur kar khushi ko banten chalen,
Gaon aur shahar ki durion ko patate chalen,
Gyan ko parchar den prasar den
Vidyan ko prachar de prasar de
Swayang saje vasundhara sanwar de

Samarth Bal Vurdh aur narian rahe sada,
Hare bhare vanon ki shawl odhti rahe dhra,
Tarakhiyon ki ek nayee katar den-2.
Swayang saje vasundhara sanwar de

Ye jati dharm bollyan bane na shool rah ki,
Badhayen bel prem ki akhandta ki chah ki,
Bhawna se ye chaman nikhar den
Sadbhawam se ye Chamau Nikhar de
Swayanm saje vasundhara sanwar de

Uthen samaj ke liye uthen uthen,
Jagen Swarashtra ke liye jagen jagen,
Sawayam sajen vasundhara Sanwar den-2

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 at least 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/University.

For the list of student volunteers currently enrolled under NSS, NIT Arunachal Pradesh, click here.

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 nearby 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


General orientation of NSS Volunteers, NSS Day Celebrations20
Career guidance for the NSS Volunteers, by the experts and by the NSS Volunteers for University Students30
Skill development (first aid, disaster management, public speaking)26
Community Development Projects – Health, Cleanliness, Road Safety, Visits to Homes, Consumer Awareness etc44

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.

For any information, please contact:

Dr. Karam Ratan Singh
Programme Officer

Mr. Jorjo Jomoh
Assistant Sports Officer