The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. NSS was started in 1969 and completed 50 years of its establishment. Today, NSS is the largest network of youth in the country and whole world and celebrating its fiftieth year of existence by involving various universities, colleges and Institutions of higher learning that have volunteered to take part in various community service initiatives. Through NSS opportunities are provided to college going young adults in the age group of 15- 25 and studying in grades 11 and 12 and others who are undertaking tertiary studies in colleges and universities. Including post graduate students in the university systems, the young have various government led community service activities & programmes for their personality development. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service and provide opportunities for their personality development. The grand design and Motto of the NSS is “Not Me But You” and to exhort the youth through NSS as volunteers available 24*7 in nation’s service and in diverse situations. The goal of the provision of hands-on experience to the youth consists of (1). Regular Activities and (2). Special Camps is executed throughout the country. Under the banner of regular activities of NSS the young people spend a minimum 240 hours in a period of two years to receive certification from NSS. Regular activities are conducted by the Institutions and Colleges where they are studying may include celebration of various days of social importance such as the International Yoga Day, World Environment Day, Gandhi Birth Anniversary, Communal Harmony Day. Target base Sapling Plantation, Digital India Awareness Campaign, Mass Pledge Programmes on Tobacco Free Youth, Spitting Free India Movement, Health Check-up, Dental Check-ups in the neighbourhoods, Blood Donation, Health Awareness camps, Energy Conservation, Road Safety, Open Defecation Free, Self Defence Training, Organ Donation Awareness, Save the Girl Campaign, voter awareness etc are the other activities conducted under regular activities of the NSS. Every year 50% of volunteers enrolled in a unit are expected to take part in 7-day residential Special Camps to be organized in adopted villages/slums/areas and undertake community development programme/ creation of durable assets/awareness campaign/Medical Camps/Construction of Vanrai Bhandara/Agriculture Ponds. Special Camps are organized on main themes like Clean India Campaign, Education, Health, Environment, disaster management, rural development, water management etc. Adventure Camps, Summer Mega Camps, Workshops on Life Skill Development and Career Counselling, Republic Day Parade Selection Camps are organised at State and National levels. Since the inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of students increased from 40,000 to over 4.0 million and more than 50,000 Programme Officers from more than 40,000 colleges coordinate this program through 12 Regional Directorates in the country. Major NSS programmes conducted by the NSS are, National Integration Camp (NIC), Adventure Camps, Republic Day Parade, National Youth Festivals at all India level. AVHAN (Disaster Management Training Camp) on behalf of His Excellency, the Governor of Maharashtra State, is organised during the begins in the first week of June and is held for 10 days, PRERNA-(Leadership Development Camp for 5 days more recently saw 200 volunteers from the state of Maharashtra and were given instruction and coaching in self-awareness, confidence building, motivation, effective communication, public speaking, life skills development by distinguished and successful people. Yet another activity of NSS is UTKARSH – an Interuniversity Socio-Cultural Competition where 9 boys and 9 girls with 1 Contingent leader from each University take part in a larger state wide event.
Since the inception of NSS in the year 1969, Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur is a part of NSS and engaged in various activities conducted by the University, State and National level Authorities and conducting activities on its own. Presently Institute is having an Unit of 100 volunteers granted from the RTM Nagpur University. Institute is conducting Special Village Camp every year and other special activities conducted includes Nagpur District Youth Parliament, University level workshops on life skills development and career guidance, 7 days Cleanliness and Awareness Camps, Workshops on No Tobacco, Red Ribbon clubs, mega rallies on organ donation etc. Every year volunteers from the Institute take part in various activities at Institute, University, State and National level. NSS work of the Institute has been acknowledged by the RTM Nagpur University and Maharashtra State Government by conferring “Best NSS Unit Award” at University and State level respectively. Dr. Keshav Walke, NSS Programme Officer at the Institute was also awarded with “Best NSS Programme Officer” at University and State level also. Some of our students also conferred with “Best NSS Volunteer” at the University Level.
National Cadet Corps (NCC):
Institute does not have NCC Unit but the Institute supports the interested students in joining NCC Unit at the University level. Institute facilitate enrolment process for the students.