National service scheme was launched in India in 1969; Gandhiji's Centenary year. The main goal of NSS is to foster national integration and social harmony. The Motto of NSS "Not Me But You", reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. The symbol of the NSS, the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple, Orissa. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. NSS helps students to understand their relation with community the community in which they work. It helps students to identify problem of community and uses their knowledge to find practical solutions. NSS creates a sense of social and civic responsibility in the students who enroll as volunteers.
Aims and Objectives
- To arouse the social responsibility and consciousness in the young minds of the students .
- To train students towards responsible leaders of future .
- To strengthen the spirit of social service and sacrifice in the youth.
- To help them to develop and become holistic personality .
These aims and objectives are realized through various activities under the guidance and supervision of the NSS programme officers.
The college NSS has four units under Bharathidasan University, Trichirappalli-22. In each unit 100 volunteers (under graduate) can enroll and actively involved in various social service activities. The NSS activities are of two types - one is the regular activity and the other is the special camp. Each unit has adopted a village for a period of three years, and conduct community development programmes in the villages. The NSS volunteers who have completed two years of service and who have completed 20 hours of service in two academic years and the special camp (which is for eight days) are awarded certificates.
The regular activities of the NSS include participation in awareness rallies, seminars, clean and green campus programmes, programmes on social evils, domestic violence, gender issues, diabetes, road safety, the environment and AIDS awareness programs. The volunteers also make visits to old age homes, Homes for Orphans/destitute , HIV/AIDS centers. They also conduct programs for the visually challenged and the ‘differently abled’ and empowerment of the women.
One of the annual activities of the NSS is to conduct a seven day community camp in the adopted village. During the camps, the student volunteers stay in the villages to have interaction and learn and understand the needs of the rural community. The volunteers conducts awareness programmes regarding Environmental preservation, Health issues, importance of education and awareness on voting rights. The volunteers also conducted a survey on the socio-economic conditions of the residents. Special initiative is taken to making them aware of Self-employment and identification of potential village entrepreneurs.