The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of 11 and 12 class of schools and students of UG and PG colleges to take part in various government community service activities and programs. The scheme was launched in the Gandhi’s Birth Centenary Year in 1969. The aim of this scheme is to develop student’s personality through community service. NSS is a voluntary association of young people of schools and colleges. Since the inception of the NSS in 1969, the number of student-strength increased from 40000 to over 3.8 million at the end of March 2018. 

Program Officers List

TenureYearsName of the Program OfficersUnits
1982-83 to 1985-864Prof. A. S. Chauhan3
  Prof. V. S. Bhoivala 
  Dr. B. B. Patel 
1986-87 1Dr. B. B. Patel3
  Prof. S. D. Bhavsar 
  Prof. A. B. Soni 
1987-88 to 1988-892Dr. B. B. Patel3
  Prof.  A. B. Soni 
  Prof. S. D. Patel 
1989-90 to 1990-912Prof. V. S. Bhoivala3
  Prof. A. B. Soni 
  Prof. S. D. Patel 
1991-92 to 1995-965Prof. A. B. Soni3
  Prof. S. D. Patel 
  Prof. D. V. Patel  
1996-97 to 1999-20004Prof. A. B. Soni3
  Prof. S. D. Patel 
  Prof. M. N. Miyana 
2001-02 to 2011-1211Prof. J. M. Tandel3
  Prof. D. V. Patel 
  Prof. S. D. Bhavsar 
2012-131Prof. S. D. Bhavsar3
  Prof. M. N. Solanki 
  Prof. J. M. Tandel 
2013-14 to 2014-152Prof. M. N. Solanki3
  Prof. C. M. Gamit 
  Dr. B. K. Patel 
2015-16 to Till Date Dr. G. D. Patel3
  Dr. B. K. Patel 
  Prof. P. G. Patel 

Objectives of NSS

The broad objectives of NSS are:

  • To make the youth understand the community in which they live and work
  • To make them understand themselves in relation to their community
  • To make them identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving process
  • To develop a sense of social and civic responsibility among the youth
  • To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems
  • To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
  • To help the youth gain skill in mobilizing community participation
  • To help the youth acquire leadership qualities and democratic values
  • To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disaster among the youth
  • To make them practice national integration and social harmony



NSS was formally launched on 24 September, 1969, the birth centenary year of M. K. Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programs and activities by the NSS volunteers and program officers throughout the nation.


Activities of NSS

There are two types of activities carried out by NSS:

  • Regular Activities (120 hours)
  • Annual Special Camp (120 yours)

All the NSS volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of works under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the affiliated university under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Program Coordinator. The annual camps are known as Special Camps. They are supposed to be held annually, funded by the government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a tiny suburb. Volunteers are involved in the following activities during the special camps:

  • Cleaning
  • Afforestation
  • Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness
  • Awareness Rallies
  • Inviting doctors for health camps

There are no predefined or pre-assigned tasks. It is left to the volunteers and to the program officers to provide service in any way feasible. Camps typically last between a week and 10 days.

Apart from these institutional activities, volunteers are also given chances to participate in the national level camps held every year by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the various parts of the nation. The details of these camps are as under:

  • National Integration Camps (NIC)
  • Adventure Program
  • Republic Day Parade Camp
  • National Youth Festivals

National Service Scheme Awards

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has instituted the National Service Scheme Awards to recognize the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers, Program Officers, NSS units and the University/Senior Secondary Councils. These awards were instituted in the year 1993-94 and since then, these awards are given away every year at various levels.

The National Service Scheme awards are given to recognize the outstanding contribution by NSS volunteers, program officers, program coordinators in community service, and motivating them for continuing their selfless service towards community work.

The details of these awards are as follows:

Sr. No.CategoryNo. of AwardsValue of each Award
1.University or Council1Rs. 3,00,000/-
2.Upcoming University1Rs. 2,00,000/-
3.Program Officer10Rs. 70,000/-
4.NSS Unit10Rs. 1,00,000/-
5.NSS Volunteer30Rs. 50,000/-