National Service Scheme

An Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS.

About NSS

National Service Scheme (NSS), a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, provides opportunity to the student youth of Technical Institutions, Graduate/Post Graduate at colleges and Universities of India to take part in various Government-led community service activities and programmes.

The main aim of the NSS is to provide hands-on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since its inception in 1969, the number of students of various universities, colleges, and Institutions of higher learning, who volunteered to take part in various community service programs has increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million by the end of March 2018. SIMAT believes in the spirit of community service and the idea of caring for the welfare of society that is critical for the ultimate well-being of the individual. The NSS, with a technical Cell Unit (No: 233) in the campus embodies these principles and through its activities helps us in serving the community. The program aims to instill the idea of social welfare in students and to provide service to society without bias. NSS volunteers work to ensure that everyone who is needy gets help to enhance their standard of living and lead a life of dignity, thereby learning from people in villages how to lead a good life despite a scarcity of resources. NSS also provides help during natural and man-made disasters by providing food, clothing and first aid to the disaster’s victims. There are two types of activities: Regular Activities (120 hours) and Annual Special Camp (7 days). All the NSS Volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of work under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the university under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator. Annual camps, known as Special Camps are held usually located in a rural village or a city suburb and are funded by the government of India. Volunteers are involved in activities like:

1. Maintenance activities in government hospitals, schools, and other Government buildings.
2. Asset creation and renovation.
3. Cleaning
4. Afforestation
5. Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness
6. Awareness Rallies
7. Inviting doctors for health camps

NSS Unit SIMAT

APJAKTU N.S.S. Cell Unit No: 233

NSS Unit -SIMAT takes initiative in addressing various social issues in the community especially in adopted village. Following regular activities by Volunteers inside the campus and community helps to develop their personality through social service.

  • Visit the poor and needy families in the surrounding localities of the campus and deliver services like distribution of food kits and palliative care for patients.
  • Relief activities during natural calamities.
  • Blood Donation Camps.
  • Swatchh Bharath, Clean Campus, and Plastic-free Campaigns.
  • Observation of Important National/International Days (Independence Day, Republic Day, Constitution Day, Teachers Day, Environment Day, NSS Day, AIDS Day, Blood Donation Day, Engineers Day, National Technology Day, etc.
  • Awareness Programs on social issues inside and outside the campus.
  • Visits to Orphanages, Old Age Homes, etc.
  • Technical and Non-Technical Services to Panchayaths

NSS has helped participants to establish meaningful linkages between ‘Campus and Community’, ‘College and Village’, ‘Knowledge and Action’ with the aims of developing the following qualities/competencies among the volunteers:

  1. To understand the community in which the NSS volunteers work and to understand themselves in relation to their community.
  2. To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve themselves in problem-solving exercise.
  3. To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
  4. To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
  5. To gain skills in mobilizing community participation; vi. To acquire leadership qualities and democratic values.
  6. To develop a capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters, and
  7. To practice national integration and social harmony.