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National Service Scheme
The NSS is a programme of the national government and is piloted from the offices of the government’s Youth affairs and Sports Department. The National Service Scheme was inaugurated in 1969. The prime objective of the scheme was to aid the formation of the overall temperament of the students, the students could join this out of their own choice either in schools in higher secondary levels or in colleges. The best thing about the NSS scheme is that it is organized by the students for the students and the teachers also help them in organizing events and other programs that have national prominence.
Need of NSS
When the UGC was passed after India’s independence, the then leader of the Grants commission, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan suggested the formation of the NSS in schools and colleges. The idea was seconded by the CABE – the central advisory board of education in 1950 based on the effects of similar programs across countries. This was brought this into effect wherein both teachers and students will take part in some kind of manual work on their own. This was also emphasized on the very first five year plan that came into effect in 1952 where the students were mandated to go through at least a year of voluntary service. In fact, this was even requested to be one of the graduation requirements as per one of the letters of Jawaharlal Nehru. Based on his advice, the education ministry created the curriculum in colleges to include the services in the NSS by the students.
"NOT ME, BUT YOU" – being he motto of the NSS, is all more about others and less about our own selves. It is always about putting the others before our own needs and to think of the needs of the others – to help the needy and to share whatever we are blessed with. The main reason for this principle to be taught to students is that they would learn it young and then these would be habits that they will never forget during the entire lifetime.
Symbol of NSS
The gigantic wheel of the chariot seen in Konark’s Sun temple in Orissa is the symbolic representation used for NSS. Being a very famous symbol the chakra or the wheel is a symbol of cyclic changes and in this cycle, is the same start or creation, the conservation, the remittance of energy, life and change all on the vast expanse of time and space and this propagates the message of the positive change in the society that the NSS sevaks will aim to achieve. The wheel has eight bars standing to mean the 24 hours seen in a day and the red spot is representative of the red, young blood that flows in the body of the NSS cadet and the blue is a representation of the whole canopy of space and how small the NSS is when compared to the entire space.
The sole purpose of the NSS is to create the thought of the society in the young minds and to serve the society without any thoughts of materialistic gains. Standing by everyone who needs aid and support and giving everybody a right to live a perfectly respectable life, the NSS cadets are exposed to real life situations. They see the under privileged people having to fight it out even for the simple necessities in life which changes their complete mindset making them better citizens and individuals.
Some of the main aims of the NSS cadets are:
Comprehend the needs of the community where they are placed.
Comprehend their duty toward s the community.
Understand the issues and the requirements of the society and then engage in solution providing.
Inculcate the feeling of a responsibility towards the society.
Find workable answers to the problems based on their experience and intelligence.
Enhance the people to increase their capabilities by caring and sharing all with all.
Engage in bringing together the common public towards good decisions.
Showcase the capabilities of leading from the front and be fair and unbiased in their thinking.
In case of an emergency situation on uncontrollable tragedies, act quickly and aptly.
Always engage in unity across the nation and in maintaining peace in the society.