Younger generation in general, students’ community in particular must get ready to shoulder the responsibility of further development of the nation. This is possible only when they are in close contact with the society around them and are properly trained. Dr. P. K. R. V. Rao the then Minister for Education, Government of India established National Service Scheme at the national level on 24-09-1969 to mark the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji to provide such an opportunities to students’ training.
National Service Scheme is a scheme sponsored by the Government of India, financed both by the centre and state governments, implemented by the colleges through the Universities / Directorates. The scheme was introduced in this college during the academic year 1973-74.
It is common experience of the lovers of the education / educationalists / administrators that all challenges of the society cannot be faced effectively only through traditional education. Close interaction of the students is essential to motivate them to upheld the social values, understand the common problems and difficulties of the general public at the village level. The scheme is answerable to many problems of the educational field. It is possible to find solutions to many problems of the society through the scheme.
Students have got maximum intelligence, enormous energy and prowess with desire to work for society. The aim / motto of the scheme is to chanalise the useful energy, hidden talent of the students so that they are engaged in the constructive work.
N.S.S. develops service mentality, discipline, leadership qualities, professional dignity, co-operation, fraternity, secularism, unity and integrity, responsibility, personality development among students. Students learn by self-experience. Altogether N.S.S. means ” Education through Service and Service through Education “.
N.S.S. provides suitable environment to unfurl the hidden talent on one hand whereas to identify and correct the mistakes of the students on the other hand. The agitation in the field of education is only because of lack of information and guidance. Number of problems can be addressed, solved and reduced by involving the students actively in the activities of the scheme. It has been noticed lot of difference in behaviour between N.S.S. students and the general students.
N.S.S. has two main objectives. First, all round development of personality of the students to make them wakeful citizens and thus it is an academic activity. Secondly, all round development of the society through service and hence it is a service activity. We find effective development of individuals as well as society through the scheme.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. of India, popularly known as NSS was launched in Gandhiji’s Birth Centenary Year 1969. Aimed at developing student’s personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at intermediate level working for a campus-community linkage. The cardinal principle of the NSS programme is that it is organised by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.
NSS Unit, BLDEA’s Smt Bangarmma Sajjan Arts, Commerce and Science College for Women was formed in 1986 Academic year. NSS unit, SBS Arts, Commrece and Science College for Women conducted various events like blood donation Camps, plantation programs, Shramadaan programs, Immunization programs, National Integration Camps, Awareness Progrms, Medical Camps, Special Camps, etc.
The vision is to build the youth with the mind and spirit to serve the society and work for the social uplift of the down-trodden masses of our nation as a movement.
The National Service Scheme has been functioning with the motto “NOT ME BUT YOU” in view of making the youth inspired in service of the people and hence NSS Aims Education through Community Service and Community Service through Education.
The broad objectives of NSS are to,
- Understand the community in which they work
- Understand themselves in relation to their community;
- Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process;
- Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
- Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems;
- Develop competence required for group living and sharing of responsibilities;
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation;
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude;
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and practice national integration and social harmony.
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is : ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.
During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmes and celebrations.