The National Service Scheme (NSS), which is completing five decades of selfless and noble nation service, is a successful central sector scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. The scheme started on 24 September 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The NSS was the beginning of a new revolution and a new era in field of community development. This gave the youth a great platform to contribute in the social sector along with their education. This scheme can be considered as one of the best schemes related to youth in independent India. Starting with the participation of 40,000 volunteers from 37 universities, today the number of volunteers in the NSS is close to 4 million who are making their outstanding contributions in the field of community development day and night. Today the NSS is playing an active role in all the Union Territories and States of India. It has played an extraordinary role in the personality development of youth. Whether it is a natural disaster, a severe disease like TB and AIDS, it is a matter of cleanliness campaign, blood donation, environmental protection, clean water, education, voter awareness, awareness of government schemes, ending social evils, Beti Bachao Beti Padao campaign etc NSS has played a leading role. The volunteers of NSS have also done useful work by organising campaigns to remove social evils and popularise the development of nationally accepted objectives such as nationalism, democracy, secularism, social harmony and scientific ethics.‘Not Me But You’ is the motto of NSS. The Rath Wheel of the Konark Sun Temple of Odisha was made the basis of the symbol of the National Service Scheme. The Sun is basically a symbol of creation, conservation, rotating mobility and energy that makes life dynamic. ‘Uthen Samaj Ke Liye Uthen – Uthen, Jagen Swarashtra Ke Liye Jagen – Jagen, Swayam Saje Vasundhara Sanwar Den’ is the goal song of the NSS. The NSS also has the distinction of participating in the National Republic Day Parade in New Delhi every year. National Integration Camps are also organised from time to time across the country. At the beginning of this year, the National Integration Camp of NSS was successfully organised at Jammu University, which was attended by youth from all over the country and this camp was highly appreciated. The Jammu University team also won the Overall Trophy in this camp. Such camps will create a better platform for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.The NSS is playing an active role in most colleges and universities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. But at the school level, the students of 11th and 12th are yet to be connected with NSS on a large scale. The NSS can play a very important role in the creation of new Jammu and Kashmir as the NSS volunteers are in almost every district and every village. A new energy can be communicated in the field of community development. This will also develop the personality of our youth and society will also get their services. In Jammu and Kashmir, the volunteers of NSS can make a big contribution in dealing with natural disasters, environment protection and taking government schemes to the last person of the society. We are undergoing change. The UT government should focus on the development of the NSS in Jammu and Kashmir by starting NSS at the school level, setting up an advisory committee that includes young faces, involving NSS in the Independence day and Republic Day parade and programmes at UT Level, organising camps at the state level, and awarding the volunteers who have made outstanding contributions in this field every year. The NSS can also be included as a subject. This initiative would be commendable and an example in itself. All this happens in other states. The Government of India also felicitates volunteers, programme officers, colleges and universities with prestigious national awards for their outstanding contribution in this field. This year, on 24 September, the President of India will felicitate various volunteers, programme officers and universities with the National Award of NSS in New Delhi for their outstanding contributions to community development. Many states also honour outstanding contributions at their level. Jammu and Kashmir needs to learn in this field from other states and union territories of India.The truth is that the NSS is such a wonderful scheme that can greatly benefit Jammu and Kashmir but till now we have not used this resource and institution properly. On the basis of almost a decade of experience in this field, I can say that if Jammu and Kashmir works in this field, then a major revolution in the field of community development can be brought through NSS.The government and universities need to take steps in this regard on an urgent basis, otherwise we will be deprived of this wonderful opportunity.The NSS will use the talent of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and give it a right direction. The result will be that the talented youth of Jammu and Kashmir will make a big contribution in building of the society and the nation and will also improve their personality leading to a new morning.
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