National Service Scheme (NSS) - Overview

The First Education Commission (1950) recommended the introduction of national service by students on a voluntary basis. Subsequently on the basis of suggestion made by the then Prime Minister Pt. Nehru, a committee was appointed under the Chairmanship of Dr. C. D Deshmukh to prepare a scheme for compulsory national service by students prior to their admission for degree courses. Prof. K.G. Saiyidain who undertook a study of national service by youth in several countries, recommended that national service may be introduced on a voluntary basis. A similar recommendation was made by the Education Commission appointed under the Chairmanship of Dr. D.S. Kothari. In pursuance of these recommendations, the ministry of Education introduced the National Service Scheme during 1969-70.

Motto of NSS

The Motto or watchwood of the national service scheme is NOT ME BUT YOU. This express the  essence  of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other mans point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings it underlines that welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society as a whole therefore it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.

The Emblem

Emblem signifies cycle of creation, preservation and continuous effort for social transformation and upliftment.

NSS Badge

It indicates that students should extend their lively, spirited and active services round the clock for the welfare of the mankind. Involvement of students in NSS activities develops their interpersonal skills, empathy, service oriented attitude thus shaping them responsible citizens

Aims & Objectives of NSS

Aim: Development of the personality of students through community service


  • To work with/among people.
  • To engage in creative and constructive social action.
  • To enhance his/her knowledge of himself/herself   and the community.
  • To put his/her scholarship to practical use in mitigating at least some of the problems.
  • To gain skill in the exercise of democraticleadership
  • To gain skills in programme development to enable him/her for self –employment
  • To bridge the gulf between the educated and the uneducated messes; and
  • To promote the will to serve the weaker section of the community