New Delhi, September 24: National Service Scheme Day or NSS Day is observed and celebrated on September 24 every year. Launched in 1969, NSS is a public service program being run by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. On NSS Day, programmes are held across the country to appreciate students who participated in social services. Scroll down to know history and significance of NSS Day and messages regarding the occasion. President Ram Nath Kovind Confers the National Service Scheme Awards.

NSS Day History:

The idea of inclusion of students in social services was first put by the University Grants Commission (UGC) after India achieved Independence. In the first Five-Year Plan, presented in 1952, the Indian government stressed on the requirement of labour and social service by students in India for a year. Later on, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru instructed the Ministry of Education to form a competent scheme for the introduction of national service into academic institutions. Eventually in 1969, NSS was introduced.

NSS Day Significance:

The National Service Scheme was launched to develop student' personality through community service. It assumes significance for those who join and learn how make the best use of their abilities for society's welfare. The NSS also helped remote areas get assistance from youths for development works. NSS Day is an occasion to praise selfless deeds of its participants for the betterment of the society.

NSS Day 2021 Messages:

NSS Motto:

The motto of NSS is “Not Me But You”, which reflects the need for selfless service. The motto perfectly illustrates the objective of NSS, which is to develop spirit of selflessness and desire for collective progress among students.

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