National Service Scheme is a permanent youth programme under the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India , popularly known as NSS was launched in Gandhiji's Birth Centenary Year 1969, in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service. Now a days , NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers on its roll spread over 298 Universities and 42 (+2) Senior Secondary Councils and Directorate of Vocational Education all over the country. From its inception, more than 3.75 crores students from Universities, Colleges and Institutions of higher learning have benefited from the NSS activities, as student volunteers.
The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) started the NSS cell with a two units since inception of the University. At present the university has five units with one thousand studentï¿½s volunteers, five programme officer and one programme co-ordinator. The cell is guiding by a advisory board constituted under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor of the University. The NSS cell of USTM is recognized by the State Advisory Committee for National Service Scheme of Meghalaya. Students volunteers are actively participating in programme like AIDS awareness campaign, organizing free health camp, blood donation camp, world environment day celebration, national integration programme, wild life week celebration etc. The student volunteers are also actively working in slum areas, backward rural areas, adopted villages and backward neglected areas.
Main Objective of NSS Cell:
i) To understand the community where the student volunteers to work
ii)To identify the needs and problems of the community and to involve in problem-solving
iii) To develop a sense of social and civic responsibility
iv) To utilise knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
v) To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
vi) To gain skills in mobilising community participation
vii) To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
viii) To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
ix) To practise national integration and social harmony
The motto of NSS is "NOT ME BUT YOU". It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need of selfness service and appreciation of the other man's point of view and also consideration for fellow human beings.
NSS Student Volunteers:
Any student enrolled as a NSS volunteer, as per NSS Manual should put in atleast 240 hours of useful social work in a continuous period of two years (i.e. 120 hours per year). A work diary is to be maintained by each NSS volunteer, which will help him/her in the assessment in his/her performance. Such volunteer is eligible to get NSS Service Certificate from the University. The Service Certificate given in the NSS Manual should be strictly adhered.
Activities of NSS Volunteers:
The Activities under NSS are two-fold, viz. i) Regular activities, which are undertaken during the working days of the semester, and ii) Special Camping activities for 10 days duration in the adopted village/urban slum during vacation. NSS unit of the university adopted nearby villages and working for its all round development. Regular activities and special campus is organizing in the adopted villages, rural units and slum areas.