National Service Scheme (NSS)



National Service Scheme (NSS) was launched on the occasion of  Mahatma Gandhi's Birth Centenary Year, 1969 with 40000 students of 37 universities. NSS was established by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India with “Not Me: But You", as the motto which reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service.

Symbol
The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple  situated in Orissa, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space, The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change.

Badge
The NSS Symbol is embossed on the badge. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

Objectives
The objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are

  • to understand the community in which they work
  • to understand themselves in relation to their community 
  • to identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving  
  • to develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
  • to utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
  • to develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities 
  • to gain skills in mobilizing community participation
  • to acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
  • to  develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters
  • to  practice national integration and social harmony

Our Volunteers
At present 400 volunteers of 4 units of Rajah Serfoji Govt. College render their service to the nation. The programme officers are committed to strengthen self-discipline, confidence, service mindedness and leadership qualities of the volunteers in addition to academic assignment. Our NSS volunteers involved in  community services like  Blood Donation, Creation of awareness on organ donation, AIDS control, the importance of literacy to rural people, environmental problems. They actively take part in Tree plantation, Rain water harvesting and in Clean Thanjavur Project.
Annual special camps are organized in villages to profess and promote the ideas of NSS. These camps play a vital role in shaping the young volunteers as responsible citizens of our nation.

NSS Programme Officers:
Unit I              - Dr. M.Govindaraju, Associate Professor of Tamil
Unit II             - Mr. N. Suresh Babu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Unit III           - Mrs. S. Rose Priya, Assistant Professor of Physics
Unit IV           - Dr. K. Rameshkumar, Assistant Professor of Zoology