NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME
University Of Mumbai
National Service Scheme
Information about National Service Scheme
The National Service Scheme was started by Government of India, Ministry of Education and Culture, Govt. of India, in Collaboration with State Government in the year 1969 in 37 selected Universities. Now the scheme is with Youth Affairs & Sports Ministry, Govt. of India & Higher & Tech. Education and Govt of Maharashtra. Our University has been participating in the scheme right from its inception.
At present 184 college of our University are implementing this scheme through 300 units with the 30,000 students strength covering 5 districts.
Aims and Objectives
- Understand the community in which they work.
- Understand themselves in relation to their community.
- Identify the need and problems of community.
- Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems,
- Develop competence required for group living and sharing of responsibilities.
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
- Practice national integration and social harmony
The educational goal of the NSS implies that besides gaining understanding of concepts like community, social structure, power conflict, etc. occurring in real life situations, students should acquire competence in the field of programmed planning. Shouldering the responsibilities, participation in cooperative task and promotional work in the community.
The service goal of the NSS also calls educational approach in solving community problems. Its purpose is to help the community to recognize its needs and to assist in the mobilization of resources to meet these needs.
Motto of NSS
The Motto of NSS ‘Not Me But You’. On face it appears to be very simple and short. But behind it lies a lot of meaning. It is very deep and suggestive and is keeping with the spirit of service for others
The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple of 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 from the Sun-chariot wheel, primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking various programmers of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars i.e. 8 Prayers (period) which represent 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. 24 hours. The red color in the badge indicates that the NSS Volunteers are full of blood. i.e. lively, active and spirited the navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
Implementation of NSS Programme
Under the NSS Programme any student in the village or in a university who opts for the is selected for NSS is expected to continue for the period of two years and is required to render service for a minimum 120 hours per year and he is also required to participate in special camping programme.
.The Special Camping Programme will be treated as separate project and the hours of work put in those programmed will be accounted separately and they should not be included in the 120 hours of normal NSS.
List of the Activities
The NSS units in the adopted areas may take up a variety of programmes, depending upon the need, of the area, means, resources and skills. As far as possible in planning the activities, student volunteers should be involved. The area like village, slum, resettlement colony, institution, should be selected on the basis of the need and willingness of the community to co-operate with students in work. The areas should, however, be within the easy reach of the students, i.e. 5 to 8 kms from the college. Suggestive list of activities as follow:-
- Environment Enrichment and Conservation.
- Health, Family Welfare and Nutrition Programme.
- Programmes aimed at creating awareness for improvement of the status of women.
- Social Service Programmers Depending on the local needs and priorities
- Production Oriented Programmes.
- Relief & Rehabilitation works during Natural Calamities
- Education and Recreation: Activities in this field could include.
Incentive to NSS Volunteers
NSS volunteers get the following incentives.
- A certificate signed by Hon. Vice-Chancellor & NSS Programme Co-Ordinator from University after completing 240 hours in two consecutive years ( i.e. 120 hours each year ) and one special camp of Ten days according to rules and regulation of the University NSS Cell.
- Preference in Public Service Commission if he has a certificate for 2 years of service in NSS and for attending a Special Camp ( i.e. If there are two candidates of same caliber the candidates with NSS Certificate will be given preference )
- Extra marks is given for the NSS Certificate (completing 240 hours & one Special camp ) in Bed. admission.
- The benefit of ten (10) marks as per Ordinance 229-A, University of Mumbai in the prescribed manner.
- Best Volunteer awarded at District level, University level and State level & National Integration camp.
- Participation in State / National Integration camp.
- Participation in State / National Republic-Day Parade.
National Integration Pledge
“I solemnly pledge to work with dedication to preserve and strengthen the freedom and integrity of the Nation”.
“I further affirm that I shall never resort to violence and that all difference and disputes relating to religion, language. Region or other political or economics grievance should be settled by peaceful and constitutional means.”