The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate & Postgraduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service.
The National Service Scheme was started to establish a meaningful linkage between the Campus and the Community. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, believed in ”Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva” Service to man is service to God, he had recognised that the country could not progress in a desired direction until the student youth, who are committed, sincere and dedicated to the nation were motivated to work for the upliftment of the villages/slums/ community. For Gandhiji the villages, where majority of the population lived, represent the country, i.e. India. Therefore, for the national reconstruction and national resurgence it was deemed fit that the student youth, teachers and intellectuals should be properly sensitized and utilized for strengthening the Indian Society, as a hole with particular emphasis on rural community, who are living in poverty, illiteracy, with social backwardness. Therefore, student youth, teachers and intellectuals are considered the three basic components of the National Service Scheme.
The cordial principal of the programme is that it is organized by the students themselves and both students and teachers through their combined participation in social service, get a development. Besides, the students particularly obtain work-experience which might help them to find avenues of Self-employment or employment in any organization at the end of their university career.