Brief History of NSS
NSS was started in the year 1969 to establish a meaningful linkage between the campus and community. With the aim of developing the personality of the younger generation through selfless community service, it was recognized that the country could not progress in a desired direction until the student youth are motivated to work for the upliftment of the villages/community. Therefore for the national reconstruction and national resurgence it was deemed to appropriate that the students and teachers should be properly sensitized and utilized for strengthening the Indian society as a whole with a particular emphasis on rural community. As a result, student youth, teachers and the community are considered as the three basic components of the National Service Scheme. And, the teachers and students contribute in the nation-building activity through community service.
The vision of the National Services Scheme is to build the youth with the mind and spirit to serve the society and work for the social uplift of the down-trodden masses of our nation as a movement.
The National Service Scheme has been functioning with the motto “NOT ME BUT YOU” in the view of making the youth inspired in service of the people and aims of the NSS is to impart Education through Community Service and Community Service through Education.
The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are:
  • To understand the community in which they work
  • To understand themselves in relation to their community
  • To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving
  • To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
  • To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
  • To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
  • To gain skills in mobilizing community participation
  • To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
  • To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters
  • To practise national integration and social harmony
Motto – “NOT ME BUT YOU”
The motto “Not Me but You” reflects selfless service with emphasis on “You viewpoint”. It is a win-win situation that provides for the welfare of the society and there by welfare of the individual. This character-building exercise puts the concept of “Sarvejanaha Sukhino Bhavantu” into practice.

 Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce College NSS Unit

The NSS Unit of the college was incepted in the academic year 1977-1978 under the University of Pune (now, Sawitribai Phule Pune University), Pune. Initially, it has 100 volunteers under the guidance of one Programme Officer Dr. Viqaar Hasan. The chronological list of the former Programme Officers is given below in the tabular form:
 Sr. No. Name of the Programme Officer Tenure
01 Dr. Viqaar Hasan 1977 – 1980
02 Prof. Mir Zaffar Sultan 1980 – 1985
03 Dr. Masood Ali 1985 – 1990
04 Dr. Alamgir Shaikh 1990 – 1994
05 Dr. R. R. Pansare 1994 – 1998
06 Dr. Aftab Anwar Shaikh 1998 – 2005
07 Dr. Shakir Shaikh 2005 – 2012
The number of students has increased gradually and amounted to 200 volunteers in the academic year 2014 – 2015 under the guidance of two conscientious Programme Officers. The two Programme Officers in charge of the NSS Unit are:
 Sr. No. Name of the In-Charge Programme Officer Year of Succession Contact Details
01 Dr. Syed Hamed Hashmi 2012 Mob. No.: 08421839383/09975295429 e-mail: hamed_hashmi@rediffmail.com
02 Mrs. Farida Gous Shaikh 2012 e-mail: proffaridashaikh@gmail.com
The NSS Unit of the college has been incessantly imbibing and invigorating social conscience in the students. By providing opportunities to the students, it induced them to work with and among people. Student-volunteers have been working compassionately, constructively and creatively to mitigate the problems of society. Organization of Blood Donation Camps and literacy campaigns are the annual features of the college NSS Unit. Our socially sensitive volunteers with deep sense of selfless service participate with verve in Police-Mitra Programme organized by the Police Commissioner of Pune and assist the policemen in patrolling the surging crowd during ten days’ Ganesh festival of Pune and Alandi Dnyaneshwar Palkhi (procession). Our Unit further enhances the social spirit through Seven-Day Camps and various One-Day Camps that are organized in the nearby villages during autumn break. Our Volunteers pay One-Day Visit and render their services to Old Age Home and Physically Handicap Rehabilitation Centre located at Kahne Phata, in Maval taluka and Pune district.
 Sr. No. NSS Activities
01 Population Day Programme
02 Workshop on Moral Values
03 Workshop on Value of Education
04 Orientation Programme NSS
05 August Kranti Day Programme
06 ‘My Earth, My Duty’ Programme
07 Street Play on Swine Flu Awareness and AIDS Awareness Programme
08 Indian Red Cross Society Training Course
09 Independence Day Programme
10 Personality Development Programme
11 Roza-Iftar Programme
12 Sadbhavana Rally on Sadbhavna Diwas
14 Leadership Development Programme
15 Tree Plantation Programme
16 Pre R D Selection Workshop
17 Programme on Women Empowerment and Sex Ratio
18 Communal Harmony and National Integration /NRD/SRD Parade
19 Teacher’s Day
20 Police Mitra Training Programme
21 Kannya Ratna Abhiyaan
23 Anti Addiction Workshop
24 Elocution Competition
25 Disaster Management Training
26 Hindi Pakhwada
27 Debate Competition
28 International Literacy Day
29 ‘We are United and We Respect Law’ Programme
30 Radio Mirchi Quiz Programme
31 International Non Violence Day and Gandhi Jayanti
32 Role of NSS Volunteers in National Building
33 Counseling for examination
34 Yuva- Jaagar Abhiyaan
35 Blood Donation Camp
36 Tree Plantation at Kanhe
37 Poster Competition on Environment Awareness
38 ‘Roti Kapda aur Makaan’ Rally
39 Petrolium Conservation and Youth
40 Attended National Integration Camp
41 Kaumi Ekta Day
42 Mahatma Phule Punyatithi
43 AIDS Awareness Day
44 Orientation for NSS Special Camp
45 Save Girl-Child
46 Save Petrol (PCRA)
47 PCRA Activities
48 NSS Special Camp
49 District Level Elocution Competition on occasion of National Youth Day
50 Participation in State level NSS Camp
51 Participation in Youth Interaction Programme (University Level)
52 Sharamdaan in Poona college
53 Shivaji Jayanti
54 Participation in University Level Programme on Value Education
55 Participation in an Inter collegiate Elocution Competition
56 Tree Plantation Programme
57 Participation in One Day Workshop on Girl-Students Personality Development
58 World Brotherhood Rally
59 Women’s Day
60 Peace Against Terrorism
61 Human Chain against Terrorism
63 Essay Writing Competition
64 Guest Lecture
65 Sirat-un nabi Programme
66 Bravery Award Felicitation Programme
67 Quiz Competition
68 Workshop on Research and Development
1. When was the National Service Scheme launched?

Answer:National Service Scheme was launched on 24 September, 1969 by the then Education Minister Br. V.K.R.V. Rao in 37 universities covering all states.

2. National Service Scheme is popularly known as …?


3. What is National Service Scheme?

Answer:National Service Scheme, popularly known as NSS is an extension dimension to the higher education system to orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institutions, under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India.

4. During which five year Plan was NSS sanctioned by Planning Commission?

Answer:The Planning Commission sanctioned an outlay of Rs. 5 Crores for National Service Scheme (NSS) during the Fourth Five year plan.

5. What is the Motto of NSS?

Answer:The Motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is “NOT ME BUT YOU”.

6. What is the NSS Symbol?

Answer:The NSS Symbol is based on the rath of wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa.

7.What does the color Navy Blue depict in NSS badge?

Answer:The navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.

8. What does the color Red depict in NSS badge?

Answer:The Red color in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit.

9. What does the giant wheel depict in NSS badge?

Answer:The giant wheel of the Sun Temple portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signifies the movement in life across time and space.

10. When is the NSS Day observed?

Answer:The NSS Day is observed on 24th September every year.

11. Where is the NSS Headquarter located?

Answer:The NSS Headquarter is located in New Delhi.

12. Who is the National Head controlling this scheme?

Answer:The Programme Adviser is the National Head controlling this scheme.

13. What is the student in NSS known as?

Answer: NSS Volunteer.

14. What is an NSS unit?

Answer: A specific group of NSS volunteers working under the Programme Officer in a school or college.

15. Who is in-charge of an NSS Unit?

Answer: Programme Officer is the in-charge of an NSS Unit.

16. How can a student join NSS?

Answer: Simply by enrolling/registering himself/herself in NSS unit through the Programme Officer concerned.

17. How many NSS units can be allotted to an institution?

Answer: It depends upon the number of the students admitted in institution.

18. Who is the Programme Officer?

Answer: In-charge of an NSS unit is designated as Programme Officer.

19. What sorts of activities are undertaken in NSS?

Answer: Mainly two types of activities: 1. Regular Activities and 2. Special Camping Programmes

20. What is the nature of this scheme, whether compulsory of voluntary?

Answer: NSS is a voluntary scheme.

21. Is it compulsory to wear NSS badge?

Answer:It is obligatory to wear NSS badge during community service.

22. How much time a student will have to devote as an NSS volunteer?

Answer: Total 240 hours social service in two years duration.

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