NSS Overview

The Motto: :

The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is : ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.

NSS Symbol:

The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.

NSS Badge:

The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

NSS Day:

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

NSS Song:

During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmes and celebrations. The theme song is available in download page.

Volunteer:

  1. Code of Conduct: A volunteer shall
  2. Work under the guidance of group leader. Make himself/herself worthy of confidence and co-orporation of group/community leadership. Scrupulously avoid entering into any controversial issues. Keep day to day records of activities/experiences in NSS diary and get it signed by programme officers. Wear NSS badge while on work.
  3. NSS Certificate:
  4. A volunteer is entitled for NSS certificate upon rendering 240 hours of community service in two consecutive years and participation in 7 days special camp (Day and Night
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Volunteers who render community service of exceptionally high standard may be honored publicity and also recommended for participation in state, regional and national youth events.

Programme Officers:

He/She are the kingpin functionary at the grass root level in NSS. He is to motive volunteers to understand values and philosophy of NSS and provide guidance & direction to them. He is to facilitate them in planning, implementation and evaluation of their activities. He is to act as an organizer, educator, co-ordinator, supervisor and administrator and public relations officer in the discharge of his obligations effectively.

Programme Officers:

Record of Registers:

The records and registers are to be properly maintained and handed over by the outgoing PO to the successor.The Following records are to be maintained at the unit level.

  1. Enrolment Register.
  2. Project Register.
  3. Stock Register.
  4. Record of Attendance.
  5. Minutes Book of school advisory committee.
  6. Personal work diary of PO.
  7. Work diary of NSS volunteer.
  8. Financial records.
  9. Circular File.
  10. Audit Report.