N.S.S: An Under-Utilized Arm of Nation Building
12. November 2018 at 09:19
by Shashank S R
National Service Scheme(N.S.S) is one of the largest student body in the world if not the biggest. It is a voluntary-student organization with 32 lakh volunteers spread across the country. This article emphasizes the need to re-visit N.S.S to suit the present day needs.National Service Scheme(N.S.S), a centrally sponsored scheme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, was flagged off by the then Union Education Minister Dr. VKRV Rao in 1969 - the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji. It is a student-volunteer programme that started off in 37 Universities with a volunteer strength of 40,000 across India. The Scheme now has 36.58 lakh volunteers across 36965 N.S.S Units from 391 Universities. More than 4.60 Crore volunteers have been benefitted from the scheme since its inception. (National Service Scheme, 2018) (Department of Youth Affairs, 2016)
N.S.S works in educational institutions majorly at the Pre-University and Graduate levels by the establishment of N.S.S Units. Each N.S.S Unit can enroll up to 100 volunteers. The volunteers are students who are willing to put in 240 hou...