National Service Scheme Cell

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Rakesh Dwivedi
Department of Social Work
University of Lucknow
Lucknow - 226007
Mobile: 9415330895
Email: dr.rakeshdwivedi@gmail.com

A Brief History of National Service Scheme (NSS)

 NSS was launched in Gandhiji's Birth Centenary Year 1969, in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service. After independence the University Grants Commission, headed by S. Radhakrishnan, recommended the introduction of voluntary national service in academic institutions. This idea was again considered by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at its meeting in January, 1950.

After examining the idea and the experiences of other countries in this field, the board recommended that students and teachers should devote time to voluntary manual work. In the draft first Five-Year Plan adopted by the government in 1952, the need for social and labour service by Indian students for one year was stressed. In 1958 Jawaharlal Nehru, in a letter to the chief ministers, considered the idea of social service as a prerequisite for graduation. He directed the Ministry of Education to formulate a suitable scheme for the introduction of national service into academic institutions.

 Drafting of Scheme

 In 1959, a draft outline of this scheme was placed before a conference of state education ministers. The conference agreed on the urgent need for a workable scheme for national service, and suggested the appointment of a committee to work out details of the proposed pilot project. The National Service Committee was appointed under the chairmanship of C.D. Deshmukh on 28 August 1959 to make concrete suggestions in this direction.

The committee recommended the introduction of national service for a period of nine months to a year; however, the recommendation was not accepted because of its financial implications and difficulties in implementation. In 1960, the government appointed K.G. Saiyidain to study how national service by students was implemented in other countries. He submitted his report, "National Service for the Youth", to the government with recommendations to develop a feasible scheme of social service by Indian students.

 Initiation

Later, the Education Commission (headed by D.S. Kothari from 1964–1966) recommended that students at every stage of education should be associated with some form of social service. This was taken into account by the state education ministers during their April 1967 conference; they recommended that university students could join the National Cadet Corps (NCC) (which was already in existence on a voluntary basis) or the new National Service Scheme. Promising athletes, however, should be exempted from both and allowed to join another scheme: the National Sports Organization (NSO). The September 1969 Vice Chancellors' Conference welcomed this recommendation, and suggested that a special committee of vice-chancellors could examine the question in detail. In a government statement of national policy on education, it was stated that work experience and national service should be an integral part of education.

 Launch of NSS

 In May 1969, a conference of student representatives (of universities and institutions of higher education) convened by the Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission also unanimously agreed that a national-service scheme could be an instrument for national integration. The details were soon worked out and the Planning Commission sanctioned an outlay of Rs. five crores for the NSS during the Fourth Five-Year Plan, stipulating that the NSS be a pilot project in select institutions and universities. On 24 September 1969, then-Union Education Minister V.K.R.V. Rao launched the NSS at 37 universities in all states. The scheme has been extended to all states and universities in the country, and also +2-level institutes in many states.

 NSS in the Present Scenario

 National Service Scheme comes under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. of India. Today, NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers on its roll spread over 298 Universities and 42 (+2) Senior Secondary Councils and Directorate of Vocational Education all over the country. From its inception, more than 3.75 crores students from Universities, Colleges and Institutions of higher learning have benefited from the NSS activities, as student volunteers.

 Motto

 "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.

 Symbol

 The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda) situated in Orissa, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space, The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change.

The NSS Symbol is embossed on the badge. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

 Badge

The NSS Symbol is embossed on the badge. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red color indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

 Aim

The programme aims to inculcate 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 in villages how to lead a good life despite a scarcity of resources. it also provides help in natural and man-made disasters by providing food, clothing and first aid to the disaster victims.

Objectives

 The broad objectives of NSS are to:

  • Understand the community in which they work;
  • Understand themselves in relation to their community;
  • Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process;
  • Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
  • Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution 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
  • Practice national integration and social harmony.

Application Guidelines

Program Officers

Dr. O.P. Shukla
Department of Defense Studies
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9453020304
Email: dropshukladefencestudies@gmail.com
Dr. Alka Misra
Department of Mathematics & Astronomy
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9415580700
Email: alkamisra99@gmail.com
Dr. Mahendra Agnihotri
Department of Physics
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9415110323
Email: mklulko@gmail.com
Dr. Anupama Srivastava
Institute of Tourism Studies
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9235555190
Email: coordinator.itslu@gmail.com
Dr. Keya Pandey
Department of Anthropology
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9450561571
Email: keyapandey9@gmail.com
Dr. Kiran Sharma
Department of Law
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9559921923
Email: kiran0036@yahoo.in
Dr. Pramod Kumar Gupta
Department of Sociology
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9889546344
Email: pkguptalu@gmail.com
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Verma
Department of Philosophy
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9452128378
Email: rkvermaphilosophy@gmail.com
Dr. Rajeshwar Prasad Yadav
Department of Philosophy
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9415789303
Email: rpyadavlu@gmail.com
Dr. Rupesh Kumar
Department of Social work
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9453020000
Email: rklu88@gmail.com
Dr. Shyam Kishor
Department of Mathematics & Astronomy
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9450585578
Email: skishormath@gmail.com
Dr. Rahul Pandey
Department of Hindi & Modern Indian Languages
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9454171634
Email: rahul30nov@gmail.com
Dr. Vibhavari Singh
Department of Sculpture
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 7376083547
Email: drvibhavarisingh@gmail.com
Dr. Meera Singh
Department of Home Science
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 9415738427
Email: praveenmeera@yahoo.com
Dr. Mohini Gautam
Department of Social Work
University of Lucknow
Lucknow – 226007
Mobile: 8960678538
Email: mohinilko521@gmail.com