National Service


The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a national-level program aimed at building social responsibility in students. It is governed by the central government of India. NSS encourages youth to participate in social activities and stimulates a sense of responsibility, teamwork, and civic awareness.


Empowering Communities through dedicated service and civic engagement.


Fostering a culture of active citizenship, mobilizing diverse volunteers, equipping them with essential skills, and engaging them in purposeful services and initiatives that drive sustainable community development and inspire lasting positive changes.


The operational aim of NSS is to integrate the three basic components of the program. The NSS program should provide a variety of learning experiences that must develop a sense of participation, service, and achievement among the volunteers. The activities aim at the following:

  • Relevant Education: Enhance education by connecting students with rural community needs.
  • Community Projects: Involve students in development projects to improve the lives of weaker community sections.
  • Collaborative Efforts: Encourage teamwork between students and rural adults.
  • Leadership Development: Foster leadership in students and local youth through development programs.
  • National Integration: Promote national unity, discipline, character building, and civic sense through cooperative actions.


  • 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 a problem-solving process.
  • To develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility.
  • To utilize their knowledge in finding practical problems.
  • To gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
  • To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters.
  • To acquire leadership qualities and a democratic attitude.
  • To practice national integration and social harmony


  • Regular NSS activity: The duration of the NSS activities is 135 hours per year. Under this, students undertake various programs in adopted villages, university/school campuses, and urban slums for community service.
  • Orientation: Acquaint volunteers with NSS basics through lectures, discussions, field visits, and audio-visuals.
  • Campus Work: Engage in campus improvement projects like playground development, gardening, tree plantation, and awareness programs on drugs, AIDS, and cleanliness.
  • Community Service: Conduct projects in adopted villages or urban slums, either independently or in collaboration.
  • Institutional Work: Partner with organizations supporting women, children, the elderly, and the disabled.
  • Rural Projects: Address issues like illiteracy, health, sanitation, and infrastructure in villages.
  • Urban Projects: Focus on adult education, slum development, civil defense training, traffic control, and health awareness.
  • Natural Calamities & Emergencies: Mobilize volunteers for rescue, relief, and rehabilitation during crises.
  • National Days & Celebrations: Celebrate national days meaningfully.
  • Red Ribbon Club: Promote AIDS awareness through dedicated initiatives.
  • National Programme: Certain national programs address critical issues, including the Mass Programme of Functional Literacy, AIDS Awareness Programme, and sustainable development focused on watershed management and wasteland development. NSS volunteers actively contribute to the success of these initiatives.
  • Disaster Management Training Workshop: The NSS unit of ADYPU-NSS-CELL, Pune plans annual workshops on disaster management to raise awareness among students and the public about various disasters. Collaborating with the Pune home guard unit and district commandant, these workshops aim to equip NSS volunteers to spread awareness and effectively respond to natural calamities and emergencies.


Special Camping is a vital component of the National Service Scheme, offering students unique opportunities for group living, shared experiences, and ongoing community interaction. Annually, 50% of the volunteers from each NSS unit are expected to join these seven-day camps. These special camps focus on significant national development issues, such as combating dirt and diseases, rural reconstruction, promoting mass literacy, achieving total sanitation, and fostering a healthy youth population for a healthier India.


At ADYPU NSS, we believe in the power of education and community engagement. Our Village Adoption program fosters connections between students and communities, promoting sustainable development and mutual enrichment. By focusing on one village, we ensure concentrated efforts, continuous work, evaluation, and effective follow-up, rather than spreading resources thin across multiple locations.

  • Contacting Village/Area Leaders: Initially, contact multiple villages to select one with strong leadership for sustained follow-up and evaluation. Utilize Block Authorities, District Officers, and Extension Officers for selection. The chosen village should be close to the college for easy contact.
  • Survey of the Village/Area: Conduct a comprehensive survey of nearby villages before planning. Engage teachers and students from various disciplines to assist. The survey provides crucial information for village development plans and enhances students’ analytical skills. PRA exercises can also be used.
  • Identification of Problems: Based on the survey, formulate projects addressing identified needs. Program officers should choose feasible projects with community and agency support. NSS volunteers can share information on agriculture, energy, housing, sanitation, skill development, government schemes, and more, acting as a link between villagers and development agencies.
  • Completion of Projects
    The Program Officer must select the projects very carefully as the image of NSS depends upon the successful completion of such projects. Successful completion of the projects can win appreciation and credit from the community.
  • Evaluation of Projects
    Every project should be evaluated after its completion by involving members of the community, Government officials, and Panchayat officials. The NSS unit should learn from the lapses in the execution of the project and plan for the next project keeping in view the bottlenecks and constraints faced by them during the earlier project.

Co-ordination with
Voluntary Organizations

It may be noted that the NSS unit has no financial resources to implement any program in the adopted villages or slums on its own. Therefore, a successful unit must closely coordinate with the government agencies and voluntary organizations working in this field.

NSS Activities

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Shital Dilip Solanki

Assistant Professor