National Service Scheme falls under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which is looked after by the Senior Officer of the rank of the Joint Secretary as far as administration and implementation of the programme is concerned.
Programme Adviser in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports heads the organization. The functions of the Programme Adviser as head of NSS organization are as under:
To advise the Ministry for the development of NSS Programme in all respects;
To help the Department to plan and implement the NSS Programmes;
To liaise with the State Governments, Universities and with other organizations which may help in the growth and development of the programme directly or indirectly;
To make the arrangements of training of key persons and Programme Officers through the TOCs and TORCs;
To make arrangements for the evaluation of NSS from time to time by the TORCs or other suitable agencies;
To encourage Research and Publication work in connection with NSS:
To oversee the maintenance of State – wise/ University – wise record on implementation of the Programme.
To supervise the functioning of NSS Regional Centre (RCs) set up by the Ministry in the various regions/States in the country.
Programme Adviser’s Cell
The Ministry has set up Programme Adviser’s Cell to assist the Programme Adviser for implementing, monitoring and evaluating the NSS Programmes at various levels. The Programme Adviser’s Cell is headed by a Deputy Programme Adviser and a core support staff. The Cell also functions as programme monitoring centre for the collection and compilation of data from the States, Universities and NSS Regional Centres and provides this information to the Ministry as feedback. Thus the PA Cell for all practical purposes functions as the NSS Headquarter.
NSS Regional Centres
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has set up 15 NSS Regional Centres in the country to maintain liaison with the State Governments, Universities, +2 Councils and TOC/TORCs for the effective implementation of NSS programme. The list of NSS Regional Centres is given at Annexure – II.
NSS Regional Centre (RC) which is a subordinate field office of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and depending upon the volunteers strength and size of the State, RC is either headed by a Deputy Programme Adviser or an Assistant Programme Adviser. The Deputy Programme Adviser/Assistant Programme Adviser belongs to Group – A grade of the Central Government Service.
Deputy Programme Adviser/Assistant Programme Adviser who heads the Regional Centre is given a core staff for his/her support.
Functions of NSS Regional Centres
In addition, NSS Regional Centres will function in close coordination with TOCs/TORCs and the State Liaison Cells. The functions of the NSS Regional Centres with reference to the State Governments, Universities and TOC/TORCs are as under.
To explain the policies of the Ministry regarding NSS and other Youth Programme to the State Governments, for the successful implementation of NSS and other Youth Programmes.
To strive for removal of bottlenecks in the implementation of NSS Programme in the field.
To ensure that the grants including central and state share reach the Universities, Colleges and Schools in time, so that NSS activities are implemented as per time schedule.
The NSS Regional Centre will keep the State Governments informed of the recent developments in different aspects of NSS and the Youth Programme of Government of India for their implementation as and when required.
To remain in touch with State government officials for expediting accounts and other reports.
To collaborate with the State Liaison Officer for proper implementation of NSS Programme and timely action.