GROWTH OF NSS IN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES
The Govt. of India launched the NSS Programme during the year 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji as a pilot project. The Government of Tamil Nadu introduced the National Service Scheme in the State the same year.
However, this scheme started functioning in Polytechnic Colleges under the control of Directorate of Technical Education in the year 1983-84 with an allocation of 1000 Volunteers. Today, we have NSS in 348 Polytechnic Colleges with a coverage of 45500,the highest enrolment in Polytechnic Colleges in the country. The implementation of NSS in Polytechnic Colleges has been proved successful and we celebrated the Silver Jubilee during 2008-09. The fast and steady growth of NSS has been achieved in the Directorate of Technical Education due to the dynamic
leadership and guidance of Directors / Commissioners, support of Central and State Government Officials, dedicated involvement of Managements, Principals,Programme Officers and Volunteers of NSS implementing Polytechnic Colleges. The Directorate could organize a lot of theme oriented special Inter-Polytechnic College level programmes on regular basis successfully and systematically because of the interest and support from most of our Institutions. These Institutions have been using the Scheme as a tool to shape the character and behaviour of our youth and mould
them as responsible citizens. The NSS plays a major role in inculcating such values and make a radical attitudinal change in youth.
Enrolment of NSS Volunteers
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Objective of NSS
The NSS programme aims to make NSS student youth better citizens through
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The broad objectives of NSS are to:
- understand the community in which they work
- understand themselves in relation to their communityidentify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process
- utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems
- develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
- gain skills in mobilizing community participation
- acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude
- develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters
- practice national integration and social harmony
- develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
The motto of the National Service Scheme is Not Me But You. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of other person╬ô├ç├ûs point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent
on the welfare of the society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to- day programme.