Youth Programme like National
Service Scheme requires administrative structures at various levels for its
successful planning and implementation. Therefore, organizational structures have
been envisaged at Central, State, University/+2 and College levels. It is
vital for the programme to get support at all the levels and to make sure
that the programmes and activities get the required attention :
1. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi and NSS
(a) The Ministry of
Youth Affairs and Sports is the nodal Ministry for NSS and has been given the
administrative responsibility for
the Policy Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of NSS programme.
(b) National Service
Scheme falls under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,
which is looked after by the Senior Officer of the rank of the Joint
Secretary as far as administration and implementation of the programme is
2. Programme Adviser
In the Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports a Senior Officer is designated as Programme Adviser. The
functions of the Programme Adviser and head of NSS organisation are as under
To advise the Ministry for the development of NSS Programme
in all respects.
(b) To help the Ministry to plan and
implement the NSS programmes :
(c) To liaise with the
State Governments, Universities and with other organisations which may help
in the growth and development of the programme directly or indirectly;
To make the arrangements of training of key persons and
Programme Officers through the TOCs and TORCs.
To make arrangements for the evaluation of NSS from time
to time by the TORCs or other suitable agencies;
To encourage Research and Publication work in connection
To oversee the maintenance of State-wise,
University-wise record on implementation of the Programme.
To supervise the functioning of NSS Regional Centre
(RCs) set up by the Department in the various regions/States in the country.
3. Programme Adviser’s Cell
The Ministry has set up
Programme Adviser’s Cell to assist the Programme Adviser for implementing,
monitoring and evaluating the NSS Programme at various levels. The Programme
Adviser’s Cell is headed by a Deputy Programme Adviser and a core support
staff. The cell also functions as programme monitoring centre for the
collection and compilation of data from the states, Universities and NSS
Regional Centres and provides this information to the Ministry as feedback.
Thus the PA Cell for all practical purpose functions as the NSS Headquarter.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has set up NSS Regional Centes in the country to maintain
liaiso0n with the State Governments, Universities, +2 Councils and TOC/TORCs
for the effective implementation of NSS Programme.
NSS Regional Centre (RC) which is a subordinate field
office of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and depending upon the
volunteers strength and size of the state, RC is either headed by a Deputy
Programme Adviser or an Assistant Programme Adviser. The Deputy Programme
Adviser/Assistant Programme Adviser belong to Group-A grade of the Central
Deputy Programme Adviser/Assistant Programme Adviser who
head the Regional Centre are given a core staff for his/her support.
5. Functions of NSS Regional Centres
In addition, NSS Regional Centres will function in
close coordination with TOCs/TORCs and State Liaison Cells. The functions of
the NSS Regional Centres with reference to the State Governments,
Universities and TOC/TORCs are as under :-
6. Responsibility and Accountability
As the NSS Regional Centres are subordinate field
offices of the Ministry, it is their main responsibility to ensure the
implementation of NSS and other Youth Programmes as per the spirit and letter
of the manual and guidelines issued by the Government of India from time to
It is the duty of the heads of the Regional Centres to
explain the Government polices, without any fear and favour in the discharge
of their duties, particularly furnishing elaboration and explanation to the
universities and colleges. Heads of Regional Centres cannot remain silent
under the pressure of universities and/or State.
(a) State Government
To explain the policies of the Ministry regarding NSS
and other Youth Programme to the State Governments, for the successful
implementation of NSS and other Youth Programmes.
To strive for removal of bottlenecks in the
implementation of NSS Programme in the field.
To ensure that the grants including central and state
share reach the Universities, colleges and schools in time, so that NSS
activities are implemented as per time schedule.
The NSS Regional Centre will keep the State Governments
informed of the recent developments in different aspects of NSS and the Youth
Programme of Government of India for their implementation as and when
Remain in touch with State government officials for
expediting accounts and other reports.
Collaborate with the State Liaison Officer for proper
implementation of NSS Programme and timely action.
1. At the State level, there will be a
State NSS Cell headed by the State Liaison Officer (SLO). The Government of
India extends cent percent financial assistance for establishing the State
Functions of the State NSS Cell
main functions of the State NSS Cell are :-
To ensure, that budgetary provisions are made for NSS
programme in the State budget;
Timely allocation of NSS st4rength to respective
Universities in the State.
Timely release of grants to Universities and colleges/+2
Submission of accounts, statements and programme reports
to Government of India.
Convening of meetings of State NSS Advisory Committee
from time to time.
Monitoring of the programme through Universities/+2
councils and in consultation with NSS Regional Centre.
Coordinating with development agencies and departments
for NSS programme development in the state.