The NSS Volunteers and Programme Functionaries involve themselves under Regular Activities and Special Camping Programmes in order to achieve the objectives of the Scheme.

Regular Activities:

Under Regular Activities, the NSS Volunteers are expected to render community service for 120 Hrs. in a year and specific need-based programmes are usually taken-up as detailed below:

20 Hrs.
General Orientation
36 Hrs.
Higher Education & Employment Opportunities, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Leadership Qualities & Personality Development and Entrepreneurship.
20 Hrs.
Rain Water Harvesting, Yoga & Meditation, First Aid & Disaster Management, Road Safety, Health & HIV / AIDS and Consumer Awareness Programmes
44 Hrs.
Need-based activities in the adopted areas.

Each unit is expected to adopt a village / slum and carry out activities for a continuous period of three to five years for the overall development of the area.

Mandatory Programmes identified for students:

In addition to the existing programmes, the Directorate has identified the following as mandatory programmes to be carried out for the development of volunteers:

Mandatory Programmes identified for students:

  • Leadership Motivation and Personality Development Camps
  • Training / Demo / Drill in Disaster Management
  • Rain Water Harvesting and related activities
  • Cleanliness Drive [Swachh Bharat Mission]
  • Yoga and Meditation and inculcating Moral and Ethical values
  • Career Guidance and Entrepreneurship Development programme
  • Road Safety programme and First Aid Training
  • Soft Skills Development
  • Observance / Celebration of Important days

DOTE level Special Programmes:

  • Regional level Programme Officers' Review Meetings.
  • DOTE level NSS Awards Presentation
  • Training Workshop on Disaster Management
  • Three days Leadership Motivation Camps
  • Workshop on Career Guidance
  • Workshop on Soft Skills Development
  • NSS Day Celebration
  • National Youth Day
  • World AIDS Day
  • Workshop on Road Safety and Safe Driving
  • International Women╬ô├ç├ûs Day

Special Camping Programme:

Camps of seven day duration are organized in adopted villages / slums with the specified theme identified by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India by involving local youth along with our NSS volunteers. The studentsΓÇÖ participation in the Special Camp is the learning process through objective observation and democratic participation.

Objective of Special Camping Programme:

The main purpose of camping under National Service Scheme is Education. The classroom education helps the students to get a Degree / Diploma, but the camps provide life style education. The camp helps to broaden the outlook of the students and develop in them, a sense of national consciousness and social responsibility. It inculcates in them self-discipline and develops dignity of labour. It offers an opportunity to the student youth to work with the rural youth and comprehend various issues in their right perspective. It also helps them to apply their intellectual pursuit to find solutions to the identified issues.

Group Living:

The camp also provides an opportunity to the volunteers to live and work together harmoniously with groups of students drawn from different areas belonging to different caste, creed, religion and language. The camp participants get an experience in mutual adjustment and adaptation to new, changing and challenging situations.

Service to community:

The students use their energy, skill, technical knowledge and the resources available in the institution for the development of the community in the adopted village.

Personality Development:

The participation of students in a well-planned special camp provide the much needed leadership qualities, courage, self-confidence, decision-making, team work, tolerance, positive attitude, early wake-up, exposure to the realities of village life and doing things on their own.

Activities carried out during Special Camp:

The NSS units of Polytechnic Colleges undertake need based technically relevant activities for the overall development of the adopted villages/slums.

Mandatory Programmes for community development

In addition to the existing programmes under special camping, the Directorate has identified the following as mandatory programmes to be carried out for the benefit of volunteers / community:

  • Soft Skills / Technical Skills to rural youth
  • Career Guidance to Educated / Uneducated youth
  • Imparting Basic Technical Training to rural youth in simple trades
  • Construction / Renovation of RWH structures
  • Health Education, Health awareness and Health Check-up programmes
  • Visit to Hospitals and support activities
  • Training in Disaster Management
  • Awareness on Road Safety and Safe Driving
  • Self-employment training to rural women
  • Tree Plantation / Kitchen Garden
  • Cultural and Sports Activities
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Dissemination of information about Govt. Schemes ╬ô├ç├╢ financial assistance,educational loan, medical facilities etc to the villagers
  • Education to all programme (for students studying in 5th,8th, 10th and 12th tocontinue their further studies)

Themes of Special Camp

The NSS Units conducted Special Camps on the following themes over the years:

  • 1983-1988 Youth for Eco Development / Youth for Rural Reconstruction
  • 1988-1989 Youth for Development
  • 1989-1993 Youth for Mass Programme of Functional Literacy
  • 1993-1995 Youth for National Integration
  • 1995-1999 Youth for Sustainable Development
  • 1999-2000 Youth for Healthy Society
  • 2000-2002 Youth for Greenery
  • 2002-2003 Youth for Water Resource Management
  • 2003-2004 Youth for Cleanliness
  • 2004-2006 Youth for recharging Water Resources
  • 2006-2015 Healthy Youth for Healthy India
  • 2015-2017 Youth for Cleanliness
  • Awards and Incentives

    The Directorate of Technical Education has instituted Directorate level Awards with effect from 1994-95. The following NSS Awards are presented from the Silver Jubilee Year of NSS in DOTE i.e. 2008-09 in order to recognize the services of NSS Functionaries and Volunteers of Polytechnic Colleges implementing NSS.

    DOTE level NSS Awards:

    Category of Awards
    No. of Awards
    NSS Volunteer
    Silver Shield & Certificate
    Programme Officer
    Silver Shield & Certificate
    NSS Unit
    Silver Shield & Certificate

    DOTE level NSS Awards:

    S.No.Category of AwardsNo. of AwardsValue
    1Programme Coordinator1Rs.3,000/-. Certificate and Medal
    2Programme Officer15Rs.3,000/-. Certificate and Medal
    3Volunteer35Rs.2,000/-. Certificate and Medal

    National level NSS Awards:

    S. NoCategory of AwardsNo. of Awards
    1University / Directorate1Rs.3,00,000/- Certificate with Silver Medal
    2(i)Upcoming University / Directorate1Rs.2,00,000/- Certificate with Silver Medal
    2(ii)Programme Officer10Rs.70,000/- Certificate with Silver Medal
    3NSS Unit10Rs.1,00,000/- Trophy
    4.NSS Volunteer30Rs.50,000/- Certificate with Silver Medal