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 Gandhiji 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 broad objectives of NSS are to:
- understand the community in which they live.
- 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;
- 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.
Dr. Surajit Debnath
Agartala, Tripura (West)