NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME

ABOUT NSS

Introduction
National Service Scheme (NSS) is a permanent youth programme under the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and funded by Government of Tamil Nadu and Government of India in the ratio of 5:7 
Objective of NSS
Development of personality of students through community service.
Motto
The motto of NSS is "NOT ME BUT YOU". It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need of selfness service and appreciation of the other man's point of view and also consideration for fellow human beings.
Symbol
The NSS symbol is based on the "Rath Wheel" of the Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. The giant wheel portrays the cycles of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of Sun Chariot Wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It also stands for dynamism and progressive outlook of youth.  
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, as per NSS Manual should put in atleast 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. The Service Certificate given in the NSS Manual should be strictly adhered.
Qualifications for the Programme Officer
a. Programme officer will be selected from the members of teaching faculty only. 
b. NCC officers and Physical Education Directors should not be appointed as NSS Programme Officers.   
c. In Women's Colleges lady teachers should be appointed as Programme Officers. However, male members may help the lady Programme Officers.     
d. A teacher who has high level of motivation, inclination and attitude for community work and above all, very good rapport with students should be preferred as Programme Officer. 
NSS Theme for the Year-2008-2009

Every year the Government of India a theme based on which the NSS activities of the year shall be carried out.

HEALTHY YOUTH FOR HEALTH INDIA
Under this theme all the health related issues may be covered which include General Health, Mental health, Spiritual Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Abuse, Adolescent Health and Population Education. This theme will be continued for the next 2 years.

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 10 days duration in the adopted village/urban slum during vacation. 
Each NSS unit in the college is expected to adopt a near by village/slum and work for its allround development. Regular activities and special campus should preferably be organised in the adopted village/rural unit/slum for this purpose.  
Regular Activities
Under this, students undertake various Programmes in the adopted villages, College Campuses and urban slums during weekends or after college hours. The activities shall be planned as follows as per DPAs NSS RC's Lr.No.2-21/2001-2002/NSS dt.3.9.2001.  
1. General orientation of NSS Volunteers, NSS Day Celebrations 20 Hours
2. Career guidance for the NSS Volunteers, by the experts and by the NSS Volunteers for +2 Students 30 Hours
3. Skill development (first aid, disaster management, public speaking)   26 Hours
4. Community Development Projects - Health, Cleanliness, Road Safety, Visits to Homes, Consumer Awareness etc 44 Hours

Total

120 Hours