The NSS was launched on September 24, 1969 in 37 Universities covering all states. The cardinal principle of the programme is that it is organized by the student's themselves and both students and teachers through their combined participation in social service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of national Development. Besides the students, particularly, obtain work experience which might help them to find avenue of self-employment or employment in any organization at the end of their university career. The objective of the National Service Scheme is "Developments of the personality of students through community service. " This objective is sought to be achieved by enabling the students to:
- Understand the community in which they work.
- Understand themselves of relation to their community.
- Identify the needs and problems of the community in the solution of which they can be involved.
- Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- Apply their education in finding practical solution to individual and community problems.
- Develop competence required for group-living and sharing responsibilities.
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and disasters.
- Practice national integration.
A student enrolled in NSS is expected to put in at least 120 hours of social service in 2 projects in an academic year and shall be entitled to get a certificate from the University on completion of 2 years term i.e. 240 hours. a student is also expected to attend at least one special camp in 2 years of NSS. It is suggested that out of120 hour so social service,
each student is expected to put in during the academic year, at least2 hours be used in the first year for orientation programmes.
Suggestive list of the activities during regular as well as special camping programmes.
- Environment and Conservation.
- Health family welfare and Nutrition Programme.
- Programme aimed at creating awareness for improvement of the status of women (women welfare).
- Production Oriented Programmes.
- Relief and rehabilitations work during natural calamities.
- Education and Recreations: like preschool education, School drop-outs, remedial coaching recreation programme for community, eradication of social evils, legal literacy, consumer awareness, Non-formal education and adult education (short duration).
Code of Conduct for NSS Volunteers
- All volunteers shall work under the guidance of group leader nominated by programme officer.
- They shall make themselves worthy of the confidence and co-operation of the group/ community leadership.
- They shall scrupulously avoid entering into any controversial issue.
- Dr. S.H. Mane.
- Mrs. S. S. Chavan
- Mr. S. Patodkar