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The National Service Scheme is an Indian government sponsored public service programme conducted by the Ministry of youth affairs and Sports of the government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji’s centenary year in 1969. Aimed at developing student’s personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in colleges.

The programme aims to instill the idea of social welfare in students, and to provide service to society without bias. NSS volunteers work to ensure that everyone who is needy gets help to enhance their standard of living and lead a life of dignity. In doing so, volunteers learn from people in villages how to lead a good life despite a scarcity of resources. It also provides help in natural and man-made disaster by providing food, clothing and first aid to the disaster’s victims.

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


There are two types of activities : Regular Activities(120 hours) and Annual Special Camp(120 hours). All the NSS Volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of work under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the university under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator. The Annual camps are known as Special Camps. Camps are held annually, funded by the government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a city suburb. Volunteers may be involved in such activities as:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Afforestation
  3. Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness
  4. Awareness Rallies
  5. Inviting doctors for health camps

There are no predefined tasks, it is left up to the volunteers to provide service in any way that is feasible. Camps typically last between a week and 7 days, although camps for shorter periods are also conducted by NSS.


In the past the themes of the Special Camping Programmes have been 'Youth Against Famine', 'Youth Against Dirt and Disease', 'Youth for Rural Reconstruction', 'Youth for Eco-Development', 'Youth for Mass Literacy', 'Youth for National Integration & Social Harmony', 'Youth for Sustainable Development with special focus on Watershed Management and Wasteland Development'[2] `Healthy Youth For Healthy India`.

Other Initiatives

In some institutions volunteers are involved in regular blood donation and traffic control (regulating queues in temples and preventing stampedes at functions). National conferences are held regularly to conduct white-paper and project presentation

NSS resembles the  and other programmes developed for national welfare.

NSS Awards

To recognize the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers, Programme Officers (POs), NSS Units and the University NSS Cells, it has been proposed to provide suitable incentives/ awards under the scheme...
Awards Indira Gandhi national award State awards University level awards

NSS Manual

  1. Orientation of students in national problems.
  2. Study of philosophy of NSS.
  3. Basic concepts and components of NSS.
  4. National service scheme ( NSS) volunteers.
  5. Special camping programme.
  6. Fundamental rights, Directive principles of state policy.
  7. Awareness programme, Consumer awareness, Highlights of consumer act.
  8. Function literacy non formal education of rural youth.
  9. Environment enrichment and conservation.
  10. Health, family welfare and nutrition.
  11. Brief of five year plans.

We have cleaned Lakshmantheertha River, near KS Gaddige, RMC market Mysore, constructed a toilet for a poor family in Aalanahalli village. We have adopted the village K.S. Gaddige and conducted Door to Door meetings, Swachhata  Rallies, meals, painted wall paintings on public walls and government buildings, Organized movie screening, solid waste management related activities (waste collection drives, segregation of solid waste), village survey, free health checkup (more than 400 people are benefitted) and distributed free medicines, Cleaned  public toilets, water tank, bus stand, beside the road, Protection of monuments, plantation programme( planted more than 2000 plants and we are protecting until today), yoga program for villagers.

Our College NSS unit has participated in Swachh Bharath Summer Internship Camp – 2018, was launched by The Ministry of Human Resource Development, in association with the Swachh Mission (Gramin), Ministry of drinking water and sanitation and got a University level award.

In the year 2018-19 we conducted more than 223 programmes under regular activities.

Cleaning of bandipalya RMC market Inaguration programme of NSS of 2018-19 Cleaning of Lashmannatheertha River
Cleaning of bandipalya RMC market Inaguration programme of NSS of 2018-19 Cleaning of Lashmannatheertha River
Health checkup camp held at village camp Women’s empowerment  held at  adopted village Construntion of toilet in basavannahalli
Health checkup camp held at village camp Women’s empowerment  held at  adopted village Construntion of toilet in basavannahalli
Plantation progarmme at adopted village
Plantation progarmme at adopted village