About National Service Scheme
The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. It was launched in Mahatma Gandhi’s birth centenary year. It provides opportunity to the students of 11th & 12th Class at +2 level and students of Technical Institutions, and also of Graduate & Post Graduate classes in colleges and University to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since the very inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of students gradually increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million up to the end of March 2018. Students in various Universities, colleges and Institutions of higher learning have volunteered themselves to take part in various community service programmes.
About NSS Unit, IFTM University
The NSS Unit of IFTM University (formerly known as IFTM) was started in August, 2003 and a NSS Committee was constituted for the same. In the beginning, very few students showed interest. However, with the passage of time, a good number of students have registered as NSS Volunteers. Besides this, various programmes have been organised by the NSS Unit through different Departments in the University on quarterly, half yearly and yearly basis.
The NSS Committee is headed by Prof. M. P. Pandey, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, IFTM University. The Coordinator of the Unit in the University is Prof. B. K. Singh. The NSS Volunteers of the University are actively involved in community programmes and in reaching out to the rural interiors of the surrounding region. The students who wish to join as NSS Volunteer in the Unit are asked to fill a form to be kept as an official record in the University. Till date, the NSS Unit was able to organise more than 200 programmes.
Motto of the NSS is "NOT ME BUT YOU". This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person's viewpoint and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society as a whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.The NSS Symbol
The symbol of the NSS, is based on the "Rath" wheel of the Konark "Sun Temple" (The Black Pagoda) situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the "Sun Temple" portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release and also signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of the NSS for social transformation and upliftment.The NSS Badge
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and motivated with high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of mankind.The NSS Day
NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 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.The NSS Song
The NSS theme song has been composed in the Silver Jubilee year. All the NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmes and celebrations.