National Service Scheme (NSS) was launched during Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Centenary Year (1969) involving 40,000 student volunteers in 37 universities. Today, it has more than one million student volunteers spread over 158 universities and +2 councils and implemented in 6,500 academic institutions.
The aim of National Service Scheme is “Development of the Personality of Students through Community Service”. In order to fulfill the objective, student volunteers and programme functionaries are engaged in constructive and productive shramdaan, social reforms, communal harmony, creation of community assets, relief work, blood donation, environmental protection, literacy programme, health education campaign, etc. Under the scheme, each volunteer contributes 240 hours of community work during a period of two years.
To recognize the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers, Programme Officers, NSS Units and the University NSS Cells, it has been proposed to provide suitable incentives/ awards under the scheme.
The objectives of the National NSS Awards Scheme are:
1. To recognize outstanding contribution of University NSS Cells, Programme Officers, College/ +2 NSS Units and NSS student volunteers in community service.
2. To encourage young NSS student volunteers to develop their personality through community service and acquire positive social attitudes and values.
1. University/ +2 Council:
a) Only the University/ +2 Council which has been operating NSS programmes continuously for the last five years only shall be considered.
b) The minimum volunteers’ strength of such institutions should not be less than 1,000.
c) The institution must be very regular and punctual in submitting its programme reports and financial returns.
d) The actual enrolment and special camping targets should have been achieved fully and consistently for at least three years preceding the year in which NSS Award is to be considered.
e) All the NSS Units should have adopted villages/ slums/ localities for all round development and total literacy.
f) No Vigilance Case/ enquiries should be pending against the NSS Cell.
a) The reputation of NSS in the University Jurisdiction.
b) The percentage of NSS volunteers completing 240 hours of work and participation in Special Camping Programmes.
c) The percentage of adopted villages/ areas made fully literate.
d) The image of the Programme Co-ordinator, his interest and achievements in providing leadership to the programme.
e) The outstanding contribution of NSS in various fields consistently for the last 3 years.
f) The perceptible and measurable results achieved so far.
2. NSS Units and Programme Officers:
a) The NSS Unit should have been in existence continuously for a period of five years preceding the year for which the award is considered.
b) The Unit(s) should have achieved its enrolment and special camping targets continuously for the last three years.
c) Colleges/ Schools where there are more than one NSS Unit, such Units should have achieved their enrolment and camping targets fully and consistently.
d) Each NSS Unit should have adopted village/slum/localities and carried on their activities continuously.
e) The NSS Unit should have created durable assets and achievements in the adopted village/urban slum/community.
f) The Programme Officers for all the NSS Units should have been selected as per NSS guidelines.
g) He or she should have been trained at TORC/TOC and should have completed a minimum of two years as Programme Officer before consideration for the Awards.
h) The NSS Programme Officer Award will go to that Programme Officer whose unit has bagged that National NSS Unit Award for the same year.
i) No Vigilance Case/Investigation should be pending against him/her.
a) The reputation of the Programme Officer and the NSS Units in the Campus as well as in the community.
b) The initiatives taken by the Programme Officer and the Principal in strengthening the programmes and activities.
c) The involvement of the academic staff in the NSS Programmes.
d) The outstanding work done in the adopted villages/slums.
e) The regularity and punctuality in programme implementation by the volunteers and the Programme Officers.
f) The percentage of literacy achieved in the adopted areas.
g) The quality and content of the NSS programme and the efficiency in its implementation.
h) The role of the Principal, the Programme Officer and the college/school management.
i) The involvement of local developmental agencies.
j) The outstanding performance in the field of literacy, environment, health and sanitation, social awareness, and community development.
3. NSS Volunteers
a) A student should have completed a minimum of two years of volunteership in NSS.
b) He/She should have participated in at least two Special Camping Programmes and at least once in National Programmes like R.D. Parade Camp in Delhi, National Integration Camps, National Motivation Camps, Inter-State Youth Exchange Programmes, etc. sponsored by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
c) He/She should not be less than 18 years and more than 25 years in age. In case of SC/ST, the upper age limit can be relaxed by 3 years. In other words, the maximum age limit should be 28 years for SC/ST.
d) He/She should have completed 240 hours of community service during two consecutive years of volunteership.
e) His/Her academic performance should have been reasonably good.
a) The student’s reputation as a successful NSS Volunteer in the College/School and in the adopted community.
b) His/Her punctuality and regularity in NSS Programmes.
c) His/Her personality and leadership qualities vis-a-vis all the students in the institution.
d) His/Her sincerity, dedication and involvement in uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the adopted community.
e) His/Her outstanding performance in the field of literacy, environment, social awareness and community development programmes.
An individual volunteer, a group/team of volunteers or a Unit can be sponsored for the Award.
NATURE OF THE AWARD
Indira Gandhi NSS Award will be given every year at four levels and the details are as follows:
No. of Awards
Value of Award
University/ +2 Council (State level)
Rs. 1,00,000/- (For NSS Programme Development)
Rs. 10,000/- each
Rs. 35,000/- (For NSS Programme Development)
Rs. 8,000/- each for a week in a reputed voluntary agency working in the field of Youth and Community Development
All the awardees shall also be presented with a Trophy and a Scroll/ Certificate.
All the awardees will be invited to the National Award Ceremony and are entitled for to and from 1st class train fare by the shortest route. The Post-Award placement of Volunteer-Awardees is aimed at providing further exposure and experience in Youth and Community Work and to sharpen the social perception, commitment, motivation and concern of the Awardees. The agencies for placement will be identified by the Department well in advance at least two months before the date of the presentation of the Award.
While considering Awards, the aspect of regional representation will be kept in view to the extent possible and in case of non-availability of suitable institutions/candidates from any region, the Selection Committee may decide not to give the award.