What is the Full Form of NSS?

NSS full form in English stands for National Service Scheme (NSS). The NSS is a public service program held by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The day is observed on September 24 across India every year. The NSS was established in 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi in 37 universities incorporating 40,000 students.

The scheme was embarked upon by the then Union Education Minister VKRV Rao at 37 universities throughout states on September 24, 1969. It has now been sustained by all the universities and states of the country. Let’s further get to know about the NSS meaning, objective, symbol and other aspects.


What is the Meaning of NSS?

About National Service Scheme (NSS), it is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. The National Service Scheme offers an opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th Class of schools at +2 Board level and of Technical Institution, Graduate & Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to participate in different government-led community service programs and activities. A solitary aim of the NSS is to render firsthand experience to young students in delivering community service. Since its inception in the year 1969, the student strength increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million till the end of March 2018 in various universities and institutions of higher learning. Young students show immense interest to volunteer for various community service programs.


The NSS Badge – Proud to Serve The Nation

The NSS badge bears the pride for all the youth volunteers who opt to serve the nation across the National Service Scheme led community. The NSS badge holder/service provider owns pride and a sense of responsibility towards helping the needy. Let's check what the badge signifies:-

  1. The Konark Wheel: Inside the NSS badge consists of 8 bars that symbolize the 24 hours of a day, reminding the wearer to be ready at the service of the nation for 24 hours. It reflects the prestige of the colossal Rath Wheel of the world-famous Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, India.

  2. The Red Colour: It signifies energy and spirit exhibited by the NSS volunteers. Moreover implying that the volunteer is healthy, determined, and efficient and brimmed with young blood.

  3. The Blue Colour: The colour in the badge is a mark of the cosmos of which the NSS is a minor part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of mankind.

  4. The Wheel: this monogram in the logo displays the cycle of creation, conservation & motion of space and time in reality. Thus, illustrating the consistency and also advances and displays the NSS’s continuing search for social change.


Motto of National Service Scheme—NOT ME BUT YOU

You already know about the NSS full form. But do you know what the motto of this program is? It actually lies in the NSS long form name. Yes! It suggests that the National Service Scheme is for the community, for the common man, for all the people of the nation and not for one’s own or people specific.


Slogan and Aim of NSS

The slogan of the NSS is Not Me But You, which represents the concept of community living and encourages the need for selfless service. Its perception is based on the postulation that an individual’s welfare is chiefly dependent on society’s wellness overall, so the NSS volunteers are expected to work for society’s well-being. The main motto of the NSS is listed below.

  • To help understand the culture and concept wherein they work and live.

  • To provide a clear idea about themselves with respect to community and culture.

  • Involve students or youth in determining public needs and concerns and engage in issue-solving.

  • Motivate to discover realistic solutions to personal & social issues.

  • Establishing a sense of mankind, social engagement and belongingness among young people.

  • Developing the skills required for teamwork & responsibilities sharing.

  • Developing the competency to cope up with emergencies and ecological disasters.

  • Practising and promoting social peace and national integration.

  • To enable acquiring qualities of leadership & democratic behaviours.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are the Objectives of the NSS Camp?

Answer: The National Integration Camp (NIC) by NSS is conducted every year for 7 days with day-night lodging & boarding. These camps are organized in various parts of the country having 200 NSS volunteers at each camp to undertake the scheduled activities.

Make the NSS volunteers equipped with the following:

  • Make NSS volunteers aware of India’s History of diversified culture and rich cultural diversity of India

  • Incorporating knowledge of National pride and integrating the nation through social service

  • Promote and exposure to various adventure activities and new vocational possibilities among NSS volunteers

  • Improvement of physical and mental strength through developing dominion, team spirit, fraternity, and risk-taking capacity.

2. What are the Objectives of the National Service Scheme Award?

Answer:  The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had established the National Service Scheme Awards for the main purpose of recognizing the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers/officers, N.S.S. units and the university/senior secondary council. These NSS awards were instituted in 1993-1994 and since then are continued felicitations for every year at various Levels. Further, the awards offer acknowledgement for outstanding contribution by NSS student volunteers, Programme Officers and the Programme Coordinators towards community service. The awards are granted to promote young NSS student volunteers to build their personality and individuality through community service. To encourage the NSS Programme Officers and the Programme Coordinators for serving the needs of NSS through the NSS volunteers. To inspire NSS Volunteers for continuing their selfless service towards community and cultural work.

3. What are the Advantages of Being an NSS Volunteer?

Answer: A NSS volunteer who opts for a community service programme would either be a senior secondary level or a college-level student. Being an active member, these student volunteers and programme officers would have significant exposure and experience to be the following:

  • an accomplished social leader.

  • good administrator.

  • a person who is equipped with an understanding of human nature.