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 and
- practice national integration and social harmony.
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is: ‘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.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this
Manual is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These
giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release,
simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel
signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and
implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while
undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has
eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer
to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red
colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active,
energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the
NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of
the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day
with appropriate programmes and activities.
During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS
Volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS
programmes and celebrations. The theme song cassette is available and the theme song is
given in the end of the Manual.