The National Service Scheme NSS is part of our academic, social and personal life as it is the third dimension of education. It allows the students to actively contribute their services for the cause of community and the nation, thus helping them develop their personality. Service and attain the traits of a leader of the nation. As such, the NSS is the right platform, where the student- youth of the nation may get to involve with real-life social activities, and thereby become responsible citizen of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhiji's Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage. The cardinal principle of the NSS programme is that it is organised by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.
Aims and objectives
1. Understand the community in which they work.
2. Understand themselves in relation to their community.
3. Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving.
4. Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility.
5. Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
6. Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities.
7. Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
8. Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes.
9. Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
10. Practice national integration and social harmony
The Motto of NSS "Not Me But You", reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. NSS helps the students develop appreciation to other person's point of view and also show consideration to '/other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrine in this motto, which underlines/on the belief that the welfare .of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.
The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda) 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.
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.
NSS for student
Under the NSS Programme any student who opts for the is selected for NSS is expected to continue for the period of two years and is required to render service for a minimum 120 hours per year and he is also required to participate in special camping programme.
The Special Camping Programme will be treated as separate project and the hours of work put in those programmed will be accounted separately and they should not be included in the 120 hours of normal NSS.
The benefit of ten (10) marks as per rule of Shivaji University will get to the student.
NSS was formally launched on 24thSeptember, 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24th September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.
List of the Activities
The NSS units in the adopted areas may take up a variety of programmes, depending upon the need, of the area, means, resources and skills. As far as possible in planning the activities, student volunteers should be involved. The area like village, slum, resettlement colony, institution, should be selected on the basis of the need and willingness of the community to co-operate with students in work. Suggestive list of activities as follow:-
• Environment Enrichment and Conservation.
• Health, Family Welfare and Nutrition Programme.
• Programmes aimed at creating awareness for improvement of the status of women.
• Social Service Programmers Depending on the local needs and priorities
• Production Oriented Programmes.
• Relief & Rehabilitation works during Natural Calamities
• Education and Recreation: Activities in this field could include.
Balwant College is always leading in all social, educational and environmental friendly activities. This college has blessing of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. The college itself is regarded as a noble mission, a noble cause, so earnestly and so endearingly pursued by its founder- father Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, the educator of the educators and his legendary wife Sou. Laxmibai Patil with her exemplary sacrifices made to turn the mission into a reality. “Education through Self Help is Our Motto” blessed by Karmaveer Anna is the major guideline to us. There are various activities run by the NSS at college, local, nearer villages, the adopted village also take lead in wherever necessary. We are not only running regular activities like plantation, education and surveys about health to adult, cleaning, blood donation, rallies to kindle common people in various issues, but also Swachha Bharat Abhiyan successfully. The platform has given to the student in various ways of competition, stage, leadership etc. to improve there personality. The all activities are running successfully under the proficient leadership of Prin. Dr. S. T. Salunkhe.