NSS volunteers undertake various activities in adopted villages and
slums for community service, Duration of these services is 120
hours. The NSS Units organise the regular activities as detailed
i) Orientation of NSS Volunteers : To get the NSS volunteers
acquainted with the basics of NSS programmes, 20 hours are allocated
for their orientation through lectures , discussions, field visits,
and audio-visuals etc.
ii) Campus work : The NSS volunteers may be involved in the
projects undertaken for the benefit of the institution and
students concerned. Such projects cover development of play grounds,
laying of gardens, tree plantation in the premises, awareness
programmes on drug-abuse, AIDS, population education and other
projects. The NSS volunteers may work on campus projects for not
exceeding 30 hours in a year;
(iii) The remaining 70 hours will be utilised for community
service on the projects in adopted villages/urban slums
independently or in collaboration with others in this field, as
(a) Institutional work : The students may be placed
with selected voluntary organisations working .for the welfare of
women, children, aged and disabled outside the campus.
(b) Rural Project : The rural projects generally
include the working of NSS volunteers in adopted villages for
eradication of illiteracy, watershed management and wasteland
development , agricultural operations , health , nutrition , hygiene
, sanitation, mother and child care, family life education, gender
justice, development of rural cooperatives , savings drives ,
construction of rural roads , campaign against social evils etc.
(c ) Natural calamities .& National Emergencies : The NSS
units are expected to utilise the services of NSS volunteers at the
time of natural calamities and national emergencies for mobilising
public support and rendering necessary assistance to the authorities
in rescue, relief and rehabilitation. In such emergencies and
calamities the Programme Officers are expected to take the
initiative and offer the services of the NSS units and its
volunteers to assist the administration.
(d) National Days and Celebrations: The National
Service Scheme programmes also include the celebration of National
days. The purpose of such a provision is to celebrate such occasions
in a befitting manner.
In the development of any nation , certain programmes assumes
special relevance in view of problems existing or anticipated. In
our country, three such programmes have been launched . They are the
Mass Programme of Functional Literacy, AIDS Awareness Programme and
Sustainable development with emphasis on Watershed Management &
Wasteland Development. It is pertinent to mention here that NSS
Volunteers have come forward with zeal to make these
programmes a great success.