The Motto of NSS is "Not Me but You", that reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrine in this motto, which underlines the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.

History

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is Central Government sponsored programme falls under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Jawaharlal Nehru as first Prime Minister of post-independent India played a very important role in introducing NSS in academic institutions. NSS was launched in Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Centenary Year 1969, in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students. Mahatma Gandhi always insisted the idea that students and youth should be involved in the nation building process and service to the nation. He suggested that instead of undertaking academic research about economic and social disability, the students should do “something positive so that the life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level”. Gandhiji insisted that the first duty of the students should be, not to treat their period of study as one of the opportunities for indulgence in intellectual luxury, but for preparing themselves for final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods & services so essential to society. Therefore, fostering social responsibility, inculcating dedication, commitment to solving social problems and developing personality through community service are the main aims of NSS. Today NSS has grown as one of the biggest social service institution and youth movement in the world with more than 38 lakhs of dedicated volunteers all over the country till 2016

Objectives

The broad objectives of NSS are to:

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