On September 24, 1969, the then Union Education Minister Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, launched the NSS programme in 37 universities covering all States and simultaneously requested the Chief Ministers of States for their cooperation and help. It was appropriate that the programme was started during the Gandhi Centenary Year as it was Gandhi ji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian independence and the social uplift of the downtrodden masses of our nation.

The cardinal principle of the programme is that it is organised by the students 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 avenues of self-employment or employment in any organisation at the end of their university career. The initial financial arrangements provided for an expenditure of Rs. 120/- per NSS student per annum to be shared by the Central and the State Governments in the ratio of 7:5 i.e. the Central Government spending Rs. 70/- and State Governments Rs. 50/- respectively per NSS student per year. An amount of Rs. 120/- per NSS student per annum on programmes to be shared by the Central and State Governments in the ration of 7:5 (i.e. Rs. 70/- per student by the central government and Rs. 50/- per student by the State Governments). Keeping the inflation in view, it is now under consideration to revise the amount for Special Camping and Regular Activities.

The scheme now extends to all the states ad universities in the country and covers +2 level also in many states. Students, teachers, guardians, persons in authority in government, universities and colleges/schools and the people in general now realize the need and significance of NSS. It has aroused among the student youth an awareness of the realities of life, a better understanding and appreciation of the problems of the people. NSS is, thus, a concrete attempt in making campus relevant to the needs of the community. There are several instances of excellent work and exemplary conduct of NSS units which have earned them respect and confidence of the people. The special camping programmes organised under the themes of 'Youth Against Famine (1973)', 'Youth Against Dirt & Disease (1974-75)', 'Youth for Eco-Development' and "Youth for Rural Reconstruction' 'Youth for National Development and Youth for Literacy (1985-93)' 'Youth for National Integration and Communal Harmony (1993-95)' have resulted in gains both to the community as well as to the students. The theme for the year 1995-96 onwards for Special Camping is Youth for Sustainable Development with focus on Watershed Management and Water land Development'. Themes have been selected in accordance with national priorities. Also, from 1991-92 onwards NSS has launched a nationwide campaign on AIDS Awareness called "Universities Talk AIDS" (UTA) which has earned international attention and appreciation. Community service rendered by university and +2 level students has covered several aspects like adoption of villages for intensive development work, carrying out the medico-social surveys, setting up of medical centres, programmes of mass immunization, sanitation drives, adult education programmes for the weaker sections of the community, blood donation, helping patients in hospitals, helping inmates of orphanages and the physically handicapped etc. NSS volunteers did commendable relief work during natural calamities/emergencies such as cyclones, floods, famine, earthquake, etc. From time to time all over the country. The NSS students have also done useful work in organising campaigns for eradication of social evils, and popularization of the nationally accepted objectives like nationalism, democracy, secularism, social harmony and development of scientific temper

The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are:

  • 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
  • develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
  • utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
  • develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
  • gain skills in mobilising community participation
  • acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
  • develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
  • practise national integration and social harmony

The unit at college/+2 level is the grass-root unit in NSS. The organisation keeps contact with the community, administration, student youth and teaching faculty through this unit only. Therefore, the organisation and management of NSS unit are of vital significance.

NSS Unit

An institution will be allotted NSS units according to the strength of students. The number of units will be allotted by the Programme Coordinator in consultation with NSS Regional Centre and State Liaison Officer considering the demands of the institution. It is expected that the institution will provide necessary facilities for the successful running of the NSS unit because it is a part of the institution i.e. college or school.

The strength of a unit will be 100 NSS volunteers normally. The strength of the NSS unit can be extended upto 120 volunteers in exceptional cases where second unit cannot be raised due to constraints. It is always preferable that a separate unit is started instead of enrolling more NSS volunteers.

The strength of a unit will be 100 NSS volunteers normally. The strength of the NSS unit can be extended upto 120 volunteers in exceptional cases where second unit cannot be raised due to constraints. It is always preferable that a separate unit is started instead of enrolling more NSS volunteers.

In exceptional cases where the total strength of students enrolled is very small, a smaller NSS unit can be started with the strength of 75 NSS volunteers.

Enrollment of NSS Volunteers

At college level the NSS volunteers will be enrolled from the first and second year degree-class students. Preference should be given to the students who have worked as NSS volunteers at +2 level also.

Students belonging to minority communities, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes should be encouraged to participate in NSS. They should be given due representation where more students desire to join NSS.

In co-educational colleges the girls should be motivated to join NSS.

The students from foreign countries studying in Indian universities should also be encouraged to join NSS so that they may share the experiences of national reconstruction and community work.

NCC cadets will not be allowed to join NSS. Similarly NSS volunteers will not participate in NCC or any other youth organisation as long as they are in NSS. Same restriction will apply to the NSS Programme Officers also.

Programme Officers

One Programme Officer will be in charge of one unit only.

Only those belonging to the teaching faculty will be considered for appointment as Programme Officer.

Programme Officer will be responsible for the organisation of NSS unit, implementation of NSS programme under the supervision and direction of Principal of the college or head of the institution.

The Programme Officer will be responsible to carry out the instructions issued by the Programme Coordinator of the University, NSS Regional Centre and State Liaison Officer for the implementation of NSS activities as per the NSS Manual, programme guidelines and administrative and policy directives.

There shall not be any clash between the instructions issued by the NSS Regional Centre or State Liaison Officer or Programme Coordinator as these instructions are to be based on NSS Manual/Programme guidelines or administrative or policy directives issued by the Government of India.


The Programme Officer is expected to motivate student youth to understand the values and philosophy of NSS. The overall functions of Programme Officer are to help the students to plan, implement, and evaluate the activities of NSS under his/her charge and give proper guidance and directions to the student volunteers.

To discharge his/her obligations under NSS Programme the Programme Officer plays the role of an organiser, an educator, a coordinator, a supervisor, an administrator, and public relation officer to improve the quality and magnitude of NSS programme in his/her institution. His/her functions can be stated as under :-

(a) As an Organizer

  1. To interpret the scheme to the students and other members of the college community and create awareness about the scheme;
  2. To Motivate, recruit and select student for NSS work;
  3. To enlist cooperation and coordination of community agencies, government departments and non-governmental agencies; and
  4. To select service projects on the basis of utility an feasibility.

(b) As an Educator

  1. To prepare orientation programme for NSS volunteers, explain them about the concept of social service, and teach them methods and skills required for achieving the objectives of the scheme;
  2. To promote community education through meetings, talks, news bulletins discussions etc.; and
  3. To help in formulating NSS programmes which will have direct relationship with the academic curricula.

(c) As a Coordinator

  1. To coordinate NSS activities in accordance with the students ability and community demands.
  2. To coordinate internal resources available in the form of teaching expertise of teachers for enhancing the knowledge and skills of the students in implementation of the scheme; and
  3. To coordinate various external resources available in the forms of government services; welfare agencies and voluntary bodies for the success of the NSS programme.

(d) As a Supervisor

  1. To assist students to learn how to do their jobs. His/her supervisory and consultative skills should enable students to set realistic goals and see problems as challenge and take appropriate steps to solve them.
  2. To assist in evaluation and follow-up work.

(e) As an Administrator

  1. To keep the Principal, College Advisory Committee and the Programme Coordinator of the University informed of the activities of the unit;
  2. To run day-to-day administration of the programme;
  3. To attend correspondence regularly;
  4. To maintain record of students participation and activities undertaken;
  5. To prepare progress report periodically for submission to college/school and university;
  6. To keep accounts and stock in the prescribed forms; and
  7. To prepare annual calendar of activities to be undertaken.

(f) As a Public Relation Person

  1. To inform the community about the scheme through press reports, radio and television programmes, pamphlets, seminars and speaker’s forums.
  2. To initiate IEC campaigns for image building of NSS in order to inspire and motivate the students and community.
Selection of the Programme Officer

The selection of the Programme Officer will be made by the Principal of the institution in consultation with the Programme Coordinator of the respective university/+2 level.


  1. Programme Officer will be selected from the members of teaching faculty only.
  2. NCC Officers and Physical Education Directors should not be appointed as NSS Programme Officer.
  3. In women college/girls schools a lady teacher should be appointed as Programme Officer. However, male members may help the lady Programme Officer.
  4. A teacher who has high level of, motivation, inclination and aptitude for community work and above all very good report with students should be preferred as Programme Officer.

The maximum period for which a teacher is appointed as Programme Officer will be 3 years in the first instance. However, this period is extendible upto 4th year, on the basis of the review of his/her performance by the Principal and Programme Coordinator.


The Programme Officer will be sent for orientation course within 3 months of his/her selection. The Programme Officer must undergo the orientation training within one year of the date of his/her selection in case the orientation is not conducted in the stipulated period of 3 months.

The Principal of the institution will intimate to the Programme Coordinator, NSS Regional Centre and TORC/TOC concerned regarding the selection of the Programme Officer and necessary arrangement of the orientation of the selected Programme Officer. The Principal will also ensure that the Programme Officer is relieved for participation in orientation training organised by TORC/TOC. Similarly, the Programme Officer is expected to attend refresher course after every two years and it is the obligation of the head of the institution to relieve the Programme Officer for this purpose.

If the selected Programme Officer does not undergo the orientation training for any reason within one year from the date of his/her selection, he/she will cease to function as Programme Officers and another person will be selected and given training in time. No Programme Officer without orientation will continue to work as Programme Officer if he/she is not trained within the stipulated period.


The main objective of NSS programme is to prepare the NSS volunteers for the democratic, self-disciplined and self-reliant way of life. It is, therefore, of vital importance that the NSS units are organised and run on democratic lines. The student leaders, NSS leaders, NSS volunteers and other members of the staff, and eminent personalities from the community are also to be associated with it. They should be encouraged to participate in planning, execution and evaluation of NSS programme.

Programme Officer: Prof. Rahul Mishra

  1. Blood Donation Camp
  2. Seminar on E-waste Management
  3. Tree Plantation Drive
  4. ENT Health Check-up Camp
  5. Seminars on Menstrual Hygiene
    • BMC School in Colaba
    • Valiram Bherumal Melwani Model High School (VBM)
    • Master Sitaldas Punwani Tutorial High School (MSPT)
  6. Distribution of Seed Cards
  7. Poster Making Competition : SWACHHATA THEMED.
  8. Mass Pledge on Toxic Substances
  9. Dustbin set up
  10. Health talk
  11. Swachh Bharat Rally
  12. Swachhta Shapat
  13. Felicitation Programme for Staff
  14. Seminar on countering fake news
  15. Donations: Kolhapur and Sangli
  16. Cleanliness drive : SWACHHTA THEMED.
  17. Seminar on Mental Health
  18. NSS Induction & Orientation Ceremony.
  19. Library Cleaning Event
  20. Dynamics of Environmental Problems in Mumbai
  21. Mission Plantation: TREE PLANTATION DRIVES
  22. Seed Bomb Project
  23. Swachhta Walkathon
  24. 'Fit India Movement'
  25. Human Chain Formation
  26. Rally to spread awareness about road safety.
  27. Road Safety through Pledges
  28. Distribution of Food to the Elderly
  29. Book Donation Drive
  30. Library Set Up
  31. Collection of Plastic Bottles
  32. DeAddiction Rally
  33. Workshop by Bisleri: BOTTLES FOR CHANGE
  34. Thalassemia Drive
  35. Voter ID registration
  36. Aids Week:
    • Skit Competition
    • Slogan Writing Competition
    • Seminar on AIDS
    • Cap Painting Competition
  37. National Constitution Day 26/11
  38. Traffic management drive
  39. Tree Plantation Drive at Aarey Colony
  40. Project Nanhe Kadam
  41. Yoga Training Workshop
  42. Induction ceremony at Rama Watumull Auditorium.
  43. Closing Ceremony at the University Convocation Hall
  44. Poshan Rally
  45. Red Ribbon Club (RRC) Training Workshop: AIDS.
  46. Hiroshima Day Peace Rally
  47. Media Interaction on Elections
  48. Save Trees Save Environment Rally
  49. 'Partnering Youth for a Better Tomorrow'
  50. Organ Donation Rally.
  51. Ganpati Visarjan
  52. Beach clean-up drive
  53. Cleaning Kalina Campus of University of Mumbai
  54. Omkar initiative
  55. Run for Unity
  56. Campaign on Wheels.
    • Cleanliness Drives
    • Yoga sessions
    • Thalassemia Checkup camp
    • Ear checkup camp
    • Self Defence workshop
    • Sports Day for school children
    • Book Donation
    • Cloth bag making session
    • Wall painting activity
    • Street Play on Road Safety
    • Door to door awareness: Tobacco consumption and oral health
    • Door to door awareness: HIV/AIDS
    • Door to door awareness : Menstrual Hygiene
    • Door to door awareness: Consumption and ill effects of Plastic
    • Seed Bombing
    • Hand wash sessions
    • Cultural day for pre-primary children
    • Team building sessions
    • Activities for volunteers:
      • Visit to Iskcon Temple for spiritual awakening
      • Early morning walks and Yoga sessions to inculcate healthy lifestyle
      • Organic farm visit to understand organic farming
      • Lake Visit for team building activities
      • Born fires for team building activities