The National Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & 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 services, NSS is a volutary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community.
The programme aims to install 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 vilages how to lead a good life despite a scarity of resources. It also provides help in natural and man-made disasters by providing food,clothing and first aid to the disaster's victims.
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:
There are no predefined or preassigned tasks; it is left up to the volunteers to provide service in any way that is feasible. Camps typically last between a week and 10 days, although camps for shorter periods are also conducted by NSS.