unit at college/+2 level is the grass-root unit in NSS. The organisation keeps
contact with the community, administration, student youth and teaching faculty
through this unit only. Therefore, the organisation and management of NSS unit
are of vital significance.
1. NSS Unit
institution will be allotted NSS units according to the strength of students.
The number of units will be allotted by the Programme Coordinator in consultation with NSS Regional Directorate and
State NSS Officer considering the demands of the institution. It is
expected that the
institution will provide necessary facilities for the successful running of the
NSS unit because it is a part of the institution i.e.
college or school.
1.1 The strength of a unit will be 100 NSS volunteers
normally. The strength of the NSS unit can be extended upto 120 volunteers in
exceptional cases where second unit cannot be raised due to constraints. It is
always preferable that a separate unit is started instead of enrolling more NSS
In exceptional cases where the total strength of students
enrolled is very small, a smaller NSS unit can be started with the strength of
75 NSS volunteers.
2. Enrollment of NSS Volunteers
college level the NSS volunteers will be enrolled from the first and second
year degree-class students. Preference should be given to
the students who have
worked as NSS volunteers at +2 level also.
Students belonging to minority communities, scheduled
castes and scheduled tribes should be encouraged to participate in NSS. They
should be given due representation where more students desire to join NSS.
In co-educational colleges the girls should be motivated
to join NSS.
The students from foreign countries studying in Indian
universities should also be encouraged to join NSS so that they may share the
experiences of national reconstruction and community work.
NCC cadets will not be allowed to join NSS. Similarly NSS
volunteers will not participate in NCC or any other youth organisation as long
as they are in NSS. Same restriction will apply to the NSS Programme Officers
3. Programme Officers
Programme Officer will be incharge of one unit only.
Only those belonging to the teaching faculty will be
considered for appointment as Programme Officer.
Programme Officer will be responsible for the organisation
of NSS unit, implementation of NSS programme under the supervision and
direction of Principal of the college or head of the institution.
The Programme Officer will be responsible to carry out the
instructions issued by the Programme Coordinator of the University, NSS Regional Directorate and State NSS Officer
for the implementation of NSS activities as per the NSS Manual, programme
guidelines and administrative and policy directives.
There shall not be any clash between the instructions
issued by the NSS Regional Directorate or State NSS Officer or Programme
Coordinator as these instructions are
to be based on NSS Manual/Programme guidelines or administrative or policy
directives issued by the Government of India.
PROGRAMME OFFICER – APPOINTMENT, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
Programme Officer is expected to motivate student youth to understand the
values and philosophy of NSS. The overall functions of Programme Officer is to
help the students to plan, implement, and evaluate the activities of NSS under
his/her charge and give proper guidance and directions to the student
1. To discharge his/her obligations under
NSS Programme the Programme Officer plays the role of an organiser, an
educator, a coordinator, a supervisor, an administrator, and public relation
officer to improve the quality and magnitude of NSS programme in his/her
institution. His/her functions can be stated as under :-
(a) As an Organizer
(i) To interpret the scheme
to the students and other members of the college community and create awareness
about the scheme;
To Motivate, recruit and select student for NSS work;
To enlist cooperation and coordination of community
agencies, government departments and non-governmental agencies; and
To select service projects on the basis of utility an
(b) As an Educator
(i) To prepare orientation
programme for NSS volunteers, explain them about the concept of social service,
and teach them methods and skills required for achieving the objectives of the
To promote community education through meetings, talks,
news bulletins discussions etc.; and
To help in formulating NSS programmes which will have
direct relationship with the academic curricula.
(c) As a Coordinator
(i) To coordinate NSS
activities in accordance with the students ability and community demands.
To coordinate internal resources available in the form of
teaching expertise of teachers for enhancing the knowledge and skills of the
students in implementation of the scheme; and
To coordinate various external resources available in the
forms of government services; welfare agencies and voluntary bodies for the
success of the NSS programme.
(d) As a Supervisor
(i) To assist students to
learn how to do their jobs. His/her supervisory and consultative skills should
enable students to set realistic goals and see problems as challenge and take
appropriate steps to solve them.
(ii) To assist in evaluation
and follow-up work.
(e) As an Administrator
(i) To keep the Principal,
College Advisory Committee and the
Programme Coordinator of the University
informed of the activities of the unit;
To run day-to-day administration of the programme;
To attend correspondence regularly;
To maintain record of students participation and
To prepare progress report periodically for submission to
college/school and university;
To keep accounts and stock in the prescribed forms; and
To prepare annual calendar of activities to be undertaken.
(f) As a Public Relation Person
(i) To inform the community
about the scheme through press reports, radio and television programmes,
pamphlets, seminars and speaker’s forums.
To initiate IEC campaigns for image building of NSS in
order to inspire and motivate the students and community.
2. Selection of the Programme Officer
selection of the Programme Officer will be made by the Principal of the
institution in consultation with the Programme Coordinator of the respective university/+2 level.
(i) Programme Officer will
be selected from the members of teaching faculty only.
NCC Officers and Physical Education Directors should not
be appointed as NSS Programme Officer.
In women college/girls schools a lady teacher should be
appointed as Programme Officer. However, male members may help the lady
A teacher who has high level of, motivation, inclination
and aptitude for community work and above all very good report with students
should be preferred as Programme Officer.
maximum period for which a teacher is appointed as Programme Officer will be 3
years in the first instance. However, this period is extendible upto 4th
year, on the basis of the review of his/her performance by the Principal and Programme
Programme Officer will be sent for orientation course within 3 months of
his/her selection. The Programme Officer must undergo the orientation training
within one year of the date of his/her selection in case the orientation is not
conducted in the stipulated period of 3 months.
3.1 The Principal of the institution will
intimate to the Programme Coordinator, NSS Regional Directorate and ETIs concerned regarding the selection of the Programme Officer and necessary
arrangement of the orientation of the selected Programme Officer. The Principal
will also ensure that the Programme Officer is relieved for participation in
orientation training organised by ETIs. Similarly, the Programme Officer is
expected to attend refresher course after every two years and it is the
obligation of the head of the institution to relieve the Programme Officer for
3.2 If the selected Programme Officer does not
undergo the orientation training for any reason within one year from the date
of his/her selection, he/she will cease to function as Programme Officers and
another person will be selected and given training in time. No Programme
Officer without orientation will continue to work as Programme Officer if he/she
is not trained within the stipulated period.
main objective of NSS programme is to prepare the NSS volunteers for the
democratic, self-disciplined and self-reliant way of life. It is, therefore, of
vital importance that the NSS units are organised and run on democratic lines.
The student leaders, NSS leaders, NSS volunteers and other members of the
staff, and eminent personalities from the community are also to be associated
with it. They should be encouraged to participate in planning, execution and
evaluation of NSS programme.