The National Service Scheme
covers students at the level of higher education. Thus the administrative
structures of the higher education have the responsibility of looking after
NSS and its implementation at college/school/universities level. The
successful functioning of NSS cell at University level will give impetus for
proper implementation of NSS in the unit level.
1. NSS University Cell
Every University should have an NSS Cell to supervise
and coordinate NSS Programme in Colleges affiliated to it.
The Universities having strength of more than 10000 NSS
volunteers should have full time programme coordinators. The Universities
having strength of less than 10000 NSS volunteers may have part time
NSS being an academic extension programme the University
will provide necessary infrastructure and other facilities like telephone, office
and office equipment and secretarial assistance for the smooth functioning of
The cell will function under the Vice-Chancellor, the
Programme Coordinator, NSS will be incharge of the cell and the main
Programme Coordinator is the key functionary as far as NSS is concerned.
Therefore, a dedicated and devoted Programme Coordinator can plan, execute
and evaluate the NSS activities in a proper perspective. The Programme
Coordinator will execute all administrative and policy directives of the
government, decisions of the State Advisory Committee and University Advisory
Committee. The NSS programme will be prepared in the light of the
guidelines issued by the Government of India.
Term/Tenure of the Programme Coordinator
Coordinator will be appointed on deputation/short term contract for the
period of three years extendable by one year further. No Programme
Coordinator will be appointed on Permanent basis.
Functions of the Programme Coordinators
To assist and guide the NSS unit for implementation of
NSS programmes at college level.
To help in organising camps, training and orientation
programmes for the NSS leaders.
To visit the NSS units for monitoring and evaluation.
To ensure implementation of NSS Regular activities and
special camping programmes.
To ensure timely release of grants to colleges.
To submit the reports and returns to Programme Adviser,
Regional Centre, State Liaison Officer and ETIs.
To ensure selection of new Programme Officers as per
guidelines and ensure their orientation within the stipulated period.
To submit half yearly reports and other information
required to Government of India, Regional Directorate and State NSS Officer on
the prescribed proforma.
To have liaison with Regional Directorate and State NSS Officer and ETIs for the implementation of NSS programme.
To bring out documents and reports on the achievements
To present the views of the Ministry and if advised bys
the State Government, the view of the State Government, in the University
Advisory Committees and to the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities,
Principals of the Colleges, other persons connected with NSS Programmes;
To assist in preparation of NSS Programmes, including
Special Camping Programmes, in conformity with the policies and guidelines;
To keep the Vice-Chancellors and heads of +2 Councils apprised of the state
of the programme in their respective Universities and Colleges/institutions;
To take steps to see that funds are released in time by
the University to the college;
To visit different NSS units and camps for supervision,
consultancy, guidance etc;
The ensure that the NSS programme is implemented as per
NSS manual and administrative instructions issued by the Government of India
from time to time. Deviation from the established policies may be brought to
the notice of the Ministryand the Programme Adviser.
(c) ETIs and Evaluating Agencies
and training of persons attached with NSS being a vital input for sustaining
its dynamism in universities, colleges and +2 schools, it is necessary that
the various facts of the programme are studied, understood and evaluated. The
NSS Regional Directorates have to play their role in this sphere mainly :-
To observe the organisation of orientation training,
research and evaluation and other activities in these institutions;
To visit the training programmes whenever possible and
advise the ETIs on policies and guidelines;
To function as a resource person in the orientation and
To help the ETIs in the evaluation of regular and
special camping programme;
To report the progress of the ETIs as member of the
Training Advisory Committee.