As stated above, NSS volunteers undertake various activities in adopted villages and slums for community service. Duration of these services is 120 hours. The NSS units organize the regular activities as detailed below:

  • Orientation of NSS volunteers:To get the NSS volunteers acquainted with the basics of NSS programs, 20 hours are allocated for their orientation through lectures, discussions, field visits and audio-visuals etc.
  • Campus Work:The NSS volunteers may be involved in the projects undertaken for the benefit of the institution and students concerned. Such projects cover development of play grounds, lying of gardens, and tree plantation in the premises, awareness programs on drug-abuse, AIDS, population education and other projects. The NSS volunteers may work on campus projects for not exceeding 30 hours in a year.
  • The remaining 70 hours will be utilized for community service on the projects in adopted villages/urban slums independently or in collaboration with others in this field, as detailed below:
    • Institutional work: The students may be placed with selected voluntary organizations working for the welfare of women, children, aged and disabled outside the campus.
    • Rural Project:The rural projects generally include the working of NSS volunteers in adopted villages for eradication of illiteracy, watershed management and wasteland development, agricultural operations, health, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, mother and child care, family life education, gender justice, development of rural cooperatives, savings drives, construction of rural roads, campaign against social evils etc.
    • Urban Projects: In addition to rural projects other include adult education, welfare of slum dwellers, training in civil defense, traffic control, setting up first-aid posts, work in hospitals, orphanages, destitute home, environment, population education, drug, AIDS awareness, and income generation projects etc. Professional and technical institutions having NSS may have to design appropriate programs for the community based on the needs.
    • Natural calamities & National Emergencies:The NSS units are expected to utilize the services of NSS volunteers at the time of natural calamities and national emergencies for mobilizing public support and rendering necessary assistance to the authorities in rescue, relief and rehabilitation. In such emergencies and calamities the Program Officers are expected to take the initiative and offer the services of the NSS units and its volunteers to assist the administration. For further details please see page No.23 of the Manual.
    • National Days and Celebrations:The National Service Scheme program also include the celebration of National days. The purpose of such a provision is to celebrate such occasions in a befitting manner. List of important days and weeks to be celebrated at institutional level.




Sl. No DAYS Date
01. National Youth Day 12th January
02. Republic Day 26th January
03. Martyr Day 30th January
04. International Women Day 8th March
05. World Health Day 7th April
06. Anti-Terrorism Day 21st May
08. World Environment Day 5th June
09. World Population Day 11th July
10. Independence Day 15th August
11. Sadbhawana Day 20th August
12. International Literacy Day 8th September
13. International Peace Day 15th September
14 NSS Day 24th September
15. National Blood Donation Day 1st October
16. Communal Harmony Day 2nd October
17. National Integration Day 19th November
18. World AIDS Day 1st December
19. World Human Rights Day 10th December
01 National Youth Week 12-19 January
02 Van Mahotsava Week 1-7 July
03 International Literacy week 8-14 July
04 Quami Ekta Week 19-25 November