National Service Scheme (N.S.S.)
The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are:
1. Understand the community in which they work
2. Understand themselves in relation to their community
3. Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving
4. Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
5. Utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
6. Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
7. Gain skills in mobilising community participation
8. Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
9. Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters
10.Practise national integration and social harmony
Roles and Responsibilities
The Program Officer is one of the important persons in NSS Organization, he/she plays pivotal role and responsible for the organization of NSS Unit, implementation of NSS Program under the supervision and direction of Chairman and Principal of the College. He/she will be responsible to carry out the instructions issued by the Program Co-Ordinator of the University. NSS Regional Centre and State Liaison Officer for the implementation of NSS activities as per the Action Plan given by the Program Coordinator. The Program Officer plays the role of an organizer, an educator, as a motivator, a Coordinator, a supervision, an administrator, and public relation officer to improve the quality and magnitude of NSS Program in their institutions / colleges. The Program coordinator is the key functionary who heads the NSS Centre. The important functions of the program coordinator are:
1. To assist and guide the NSS unit for implementation of NSS programs at college level
2. To advise in organizing camps, training and orientation programs for the NSS volunteers
3. To visit the NSS units for monitoring and evaluation
4. To ensure implementation of NSS regular activities and special camping programs
The various roles and responsibilities of National Service Scheme (NSS) unit at Institutional Level are as follows:
1. NSS Unit
• The unit at college level is the grass-root unit in NSS.
• The NSS Centre keeps contact with the community, administration, student volunteers and Programme Officers through this unit only.
• The organisation and management of NSS unit are of vital signification.
• A college is allotted NSS units according to the strength of students.
• The strength of a unit is 100 active NSS volunteers.
2. Enrollment of NSS volunteer
• At college level the NSS volunteers are enrolled from the first, second- and third-year degree-class students of the college.
• The students from foreign countries studying in Indian universities should also be encouraged to join NSS so that they may share the experience of national reconstruction and community work.
3. Program Officer (PO)
• A Program Officer is a faculty member of the college nominated by the Principal to undertake the appointment. The Program Officer is responsible for all NSS related activities in the College. One program officer is in-charge of one unit only. The roles and functions of program officer are as follows:
• As an Organizer - The PO needs to organize activities related to the aim of NSS and also the activities suggested by the NSS Centre
• As an Educator - The PO needs to update the volunteers by organizing orientation programs to improve volunteer skills in the students enrolled for NSS
• As a Coordinator - The PO needs to coordinate with NSS Centre at the University for all activities to be conducted in the college by the NSS volunteers
• As a Supervisor - The PO needs to supervise all NSS activities conducted by the NSS volunteers of the college.
• As an Administrator - The PO needs to take prior approvals from the NSS center before conducting any NSS activity
• As a Public Relation Person - The PO has to exhibit PR skills to be an example for his/her volunteers