Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji's Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service.  NSS, is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage.

The cardinal principle of the NSS programme is that it is organised by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.

: : THE MOTTO  : :

The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is 'NOT ME BUT YOU'. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person's point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings.  It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole.  Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.

: : NSS Symbol  : :

The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the ' Rath ' wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in 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 form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement.  The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life.  It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.

: : NSS Badge  : :

The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge.  The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service.  The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 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. for 24 hours.  The Red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of bold i.e. lively, active energetic and full of high spirit.  The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

: : NSS Day  : :

 NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation.  Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.

: : NSS Song  : :

During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed.  All NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmes and celebrations.  The theme song cassette is available with NSS Cell of all the Universities / +2 level

: : Objectives of NSS  : :

  • To enable the students to understand the community in which they work;
  • To understand themselves in relation to their community ;
  • To identify the needs and problems in the community in the solution of which they can be involved;
  • To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
  • To apply their education in finding practical solution to individual and community problems ;
  • To develop competence required for group living and sharing responsibilities;
  • Gain skills in mobilising community participation ;
  • To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude ;
  • To develop capacity to meet emergencies and national disasters ; and
  • To practice national integration.
From a strength of 40,000 in the year 1969-70 NSS in its fold has more than one million student volunteers now.  In operation in all the 158 Universities, deemed Universities,  Institutions and +2 level school, NSS presently covers more than 5,000 Colleges and 1,600 , +2 level  Institutions

There are 2,00,000 students studying in the colleges and at +2 level participates in this scheme.  This is highest in the country as compared to other states of India.  As far as State Maharashtra is concerned this scheme is implemented through 9 Non-Agriculture Universities, 1 Technical University, 1 Health Sciences University, 4 Agriculture Universities, 1 Polytechnic, 1 Deemed University and at +2 level.