The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji's Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage.

The cardinal principle of the NSS programme is that it is organized by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.


   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.

   Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.

   Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions 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 attitudes.

   Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and

   Practice National integration and social harmony.