The NSS (National Service Scheme) operates under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. It aims to inculcate the spirit of social service and volunteerism among students, encouraging them to actively contribute to the welfare of society. The program operates on the principle of "Not Me, But You" emphasizing the importance of selfless service and collective action.
The scheme was launched in 1969, with the aim of fostering social consciousness, promoting community service, and developing the personality of students through active participation in various social welfare activities.
The symbol of the NSS is designed based on ‘Rath wheel’ of Konark, the Sun Temple of Odisha. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. The symbol of NSS Badge contains 24 wheels in the Rath of the Sun Temple of Konark. Each Wheel has eight bars which represents 8 pahars of day. The red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood, i.e. lively, active and spirited. The navy bluecolor indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
The NSS is implemented as a student-centered program in colleges and universities across the country. It encourages students to engage in community service and participate in activities that address social issues such as literacy, health and hygiene, environmental conservation, rural development, and social justice. The program promotes the idea of empathy, social responsibility, and active citizenship among young people.
The NSS Unit of Uttaranchal University was established on May 3, 2016. This unit is self-financed, and only, 50 students were allotted initially. In line with this, an NSS committee was constituted. A lot of programs have been organized by the NSS unit through various departments in the university on a timely basis. In 2022, a fully government-financed unit was allotted to the university. Now the capacity of the unit is 200 students.
NSS activities are carried out through regular campus, 7-day special camping programs, and ongoing projects. During these programs, student volunteers work in collaboration with local communities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to identify and address the needs of the community. Some common activities include organizing blood donation camps, promoting literacy and education, conducting health and sanitation awareness campaigns, and supporting environmental initiatives. NSS volunteers, also known as NSS cadets, work in collaboration with local communities and non-governmental organizations to identify and address the pressing needs of society. They actively engage in activities that promote sustainable development, environmental conservation, health and hygiene, literacy and education, and social justice.
Participation in NSS not only provides students with an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of society but also helps them develop leadership skills, interpersonal communication, and a sense of social responsibility. It also enhances their understanding of various social issues and provides a platform for selfless service and personal growth.
The broad objectives of the NSS at the University are enumerated as under:
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