National Service Scheme is basically an educational extension scheme from campus to community implemented by the students utilising their leisure time while they are studying in educational institutions. That means, education through community service and community service through education. The students of college and +2 both from village and slum constitute the majority of the population of the country and there is a general belief that these students may easily be misguided by the anti- social elements and as a result a tendency of separatism or alienation grows in their minds. To guide the students in a right way, to instill the idea of selfless social or community service in particular and the nation in general, NSS was introduced in the educational institutions of the country. In implementing the scheme NSS student volunteers have to make an attempt to break the barriers between education institutions and the villages. Or we may say that today’s students are the future of the country, the real policy makers and that is why an attempt has been made through NSS to introduce the real situation faced by the country in which we are living so that in future the student days’ experience will help them to formulate a concrete useful practical policy for the country.
The broad objectives of National Service Scheme are 1. To understand the community in which they live, 2. To understand themselves in relation to their community 3. To identify the needs and problems in the solution of which they can be involved 4. To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibilities 5. To apply their education in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems 6. To develop competence required for group living and sharing responsibilities, 7. To gain skills in mobilizing community participation 8. To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude 9. To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters 10. To practice national integration. The Motto of National Service Scheme : ‘NOT ME BUT YOU' is the Motto or watch word of NSS. ‘NOT ME BUT YOU ' expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other man's point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. In a society the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. Therefore, the NSS volunteers should always be prepared to demonstrate this motto in their day-to-day activities.