History, importance, inspirational quotes and motto of NSS



The Ministry of Youth and Sports oversees the National Service Scheme, which is a public service program. Every year on September 24, India celebrates National Service Scheme Day (NSS Day). In Mahatma Gandhi’s centenary year (1969), on September 24, the National Service Scheme (NSS) was inaugurated, comprising 40,000 student volunteers from 37 institutions.

The program has grown to more than 3.8 million student volunteers across 198 universities and 41 (+2) councils, and has been adopted in 16,659 academic institutions by March 2018.


After independence, the University Grants Commission (UGC), headed by S Radhakrishnan, advocated the implementation of voluntary national service in academic institutions. The government emphasized the need for Indian students to perform social and work duties for one year in 1952.

In a letter to all chief ministers in 1958, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru discussed the concept of social work as a condition for graduation. He also asked the Ministry of Education to develop a competent plan.

The NSS badge is modeled after the huge Rath wheel at the world famous Konark Sun Temple. The wheel represents the journey of life through time and space. The eight bars of the wheel reflect the 24 hours of the day. The color red suggests that the volunteer is full of young blood which is dynamic, active, enthusiastic and optimistic. The navy blue color represents the universe, of which the NSS is a part.


The NSS motto “Not Me But You” represents the spirit of democratic life and emphasizes the need for selfless service. The NSS teaches students to appreciate the views of others and to be considerate of other beings. The ideology of the NSS is perfectly exemplified in this slogan, which emphasizes the concept that the well-being of everyone is highly dependent on the well-being of society.


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others—Mahatma Gandhi

I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I woke up and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, the service was a joy—Rabindranath Tagore

When faith replaces doubt when selfless service eliminates selfish efforts, the power of God carries out His purposes—Thomas S. Monson

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