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The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of 11th and 12th Class of schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate and Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities and programmes.The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of students strength increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million up to the end of March 2018 students in various universities, colleges and Institutions of higher learning have volunteered to take part in various community service programmes.

Proud to Serve the Nation

All the youth volunteers who opt to serve the nation through the NSS led community service wear the NSS badge with pride and a sense of responsibility towards helping needy.

The Konark wheel in the NSS badge having 8 bars signifies the 24 hours of the day, reminding the wearer to be ready for the service of the nation round the clock.

Red colour in the badge signifies energy and spirit displayed by the NSS volunteers.

The Blue colour signifies the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.


The Motto of NSS “Not Me But You”, reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. The NSS helps students to develop appreciation to other person’s point of view and also show consideration to the other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrine in this motto, which underlines on the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society. On the whole, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of society.

Benefits of Being an NSS Volunteer

The NSS volunteers who takes part in the community service programme would either be a college level or a senior secondary level student. Being an active member these student volunteers would have the exposure and experience to be the following:

  • an accomplished social leader
  • an efficient administrator
  • a person who understands human nature

Prof. Ashutosh Pandey
Programme officer (NSS, ICNU)

NSS aims to develop the qualities of nationalism, humanism, truthfulness, temperance, and courage among Indian youth. With this in mind, and to cultivate among students a spirit of humility, simple living, selfless service, and sacrifice, the Institute of Commerce (ICNU) launched the NSS program for its students.  As per the guidelines of NSS, Institute of Commerce is organising regular NSS activities and special camp continuously.

  • NSS Pledge Taking Ceremony: – On September 24, 2021 the NSS day was celebrated with zeal by the NSS unit of the Institute of Commerce, Nirma University. On the occasion the Director, Institute of Commerce, Prof Udai Lal Paliwal, NSS Officer ICNU, Asst. Prof. Ashutosh Pandey, faculty members Asst. Prof. Nitin Kishore Saxena and Asst. Prof. Karishma Butani and the NSS volunteers took the NSS pledge to continue working with dedication in the service of the nation. A total of about 35 NSS volunteers were present in the pledge taking ceremony.


  • National Unity Day Celebration & Cleanliness Drive 2021:– TNSS volunteers along with students of ICNU celebrated the National Unity Day on October 30, 2021 to honour the legacy of Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. On the occasion Assistant Prof Ashutosh Pandey, NSS Programme Officer, ICNU, Dr Bhavesh Parekh, Programme Coordinator NSS, Assistant Prof Nitin Kishore Saxena, Assistant Professor Jhanvi Betai and students took Unity Day oath and pledged to themselves that they will preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation.After the oath, a Cleanliness Drive was organised where volunteers collected and disposed plastic waste from Nirma University campus to Tragad village. They showcased posters informing people to refuse, reduce and recycle plastic wastes and if used, to dispose them properly. Ms Dhveeti Shah, student coordinator, ICNU NSS committee and other NSS committee members lead the team of students and volunteers in the cleanliness drive. The whole event was coordinated under the guidance of Assistant Prof Ashutosh Pandey, NSS Programme Officer, ICNU.
  • Van Mahotsav” – On the occasion of Independence day, 2018 , the NSS unit of Institute of Commerce of Nirma University, Organized “Van Mahotsav – a tree plantation and social service activity on the University Campus. Students planted the saplings of Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Banyan, Ashosk (Saraca Asoca) etc. during the camp.  The students also helped with maintenance and watering of the existing plants on the campus.
  • One day NSS Camp – The NSS unit of Institute of Commerce, Nirma University organized a 1 day camp at Kavithe village on September 15, 2018. The visit gave an insight about the socio economic conditions of the village. The survey conducted by the students made them cognizant with the fact that even though most of the villagers fall under the BPL, and are deprived of the various amenities, they do not take advantage of the various government schemes.
  • Surgical Strike day : NSS unit of ICNU organised this one day special activity on 29th September 2018 for the celebration of Surgical Strike day. NSS volunteers collected around 800 messages from students and staff of the University expressing their well wishes to the armed forces. The messages were hand delivered to BSF Ahmedabad.
  • Pencil Sketch Competition: On the occasion of 150 years of celebration of Mahatma Gandi Jayanti – ICNU organized  Pencil Sketch Competition whereby 23 students participated in the event. The theme of the competition was cleanliness.
  • Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) is celebrated every year on 31st October in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who played a great role in unifying the country. The NSS unit of ICNU celebrated ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’, which was attended by all the students of ICNU along with faculty members and staff. Everyone took oath of unity on the occasion. The oath ceremony was also organised at the Dome Ground, where Inter-institute Kho -Kho competition was organised by ICNU- Sports Committee.

The seven days special NSS camp was organised by the Institute of Commerce, Nirma University from 10th to 16th December 2019 at Kavitha, adopted village of the Institute. The camp was headed by the NSS programme officer Dr Nitin Kishore Saxena. The NSS student volunteers focussed upon primary issues like women empowerment, women’s safety, cleanliness, sex education, marital abuse, self-defense, employment generation, overall development of Kavitha’s school students, and awareness about government schemes for the villagers. The camp was a great success, however, much remains to be done to improve the picture of the village in the coming years. The volunteers took with them many lessons and lifetime experiences post the wrap up of the camp.

The Institute of Commerce, Nirma University organised a seven days special National Service Scheme (NSS) Camp at Kavitha village near Bavla, a place about 40 km away from Nirma University. The journey of learning and gaining experience behind the purity of service and inner satisfaction started from 8th March 2019 and concluded on 14th March 2019. 41 sophomores from ICNU were accompanied by Dr Nitin Kishore Saxena- Programme Officer (NSS)-ICNU and C.S. Karishma Bhutani.

The given below are some highlights of numerous activities piloted by our NSS volunteers

  1. The camp started with participation of the volunteers in blood donation camp at the University.
  2. Transformation of an unproductive land of ‘Shri Vinoba Ashram, Kavitha’ into a small beautiful garden.
  3. Promotion of a number of government schemes like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’, ‘Clean India Mission’and ‘Vote India’ through various reuniting rallies organised by our volunteers.
  4. Two industrial visits were correspondingly scheduled to provide our volunteers a brief overview of the economic activities undertaken at the village:
    • Visit to B. Bricks’ site of operations;
    • Visit to Mathurdas Food Pvt. Ltd– a dates processing unit.
  5. Moreover, the volunteers offered their contribution by teaching students of Seva Vistaran Prathmikshalaand working for their overall development through covering the major dimensions like:
    • Sports
    • Computer education and academics
    • Art and craft.
  6. The female volunteers took the charge of spreading awareness regarding the menstrual hygiene and efficiently persuaded majority of women for replacing cotton clothes with sanitary napkins.

On the last day of our camp a ‘Cultural Evening’, ‘Craft Exhibition’ and ‘Prize Distribution ceremony’ was organised by our volunteers to applaud the inner hidden creativity of innocent children of the adopted school. Shri Kamal Kumar Kar, Regional Director, NSS Gujarat visited the Kavitha village and motivate the volunteers. Prof Dilip Joshi, NSS Coordinator, Bhavnagar was also present during this event and motivated the volunteers for the selfless service to the society and the nation.

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