National Service Scheme (NSS)
Number of Units: 75
Number of Volunteers: 75, 00 (approximately)
NSS: Historical Background
Since the dawn of independence, there has always been an endeavour for enhancing the desirability of pulling the students in the national service. It is pertinent to note that the First Education Commission set up in the year of 1950, made recommendation for the introduction of National Service by students on a voluntary basis. The National Service Scheme got a sharp turning with the setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri C.D. Desmukh which was set to prepare a scheme for compulsory national service by students, on the recommendation of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India.
About the NSS of this University
National Service Scheme has been introduced at the University of North Bengal since 1982. It was introduced as a complement to the academic programmes of the University. It has become a part and parcel of the academic system. The major objective ever since has been to involve the students in the society of which they are an integral part.
All programmes of the NSS are controlled and coordinated from the office of the Programme Coordinator of NSS at the North Bengal University. The programmes undertaken and decided at the meeting of the State Level Advisory Committee are implemented through the NSS Units at the affiliated colleges under the University and also at the University level. All programmes of NSS are coordinated by the Programme Coordinator of NSS, NBU. Planning, implementation, monitoring, supervision, evaluation and providing necessary advice are done from the office of the Programme Coordinator at the university. The records of activities are maintained by the office of the Programme Coordinator and funds are disbursed and accounts are maintained by the Finance branch of the university.
The NSS units in affiliated colleges under North Bengal University are the basic units which function under Programme Officers on the basis of periodical instructions issued from the office of the Programme Coordinator. All new programmes to be undertaken by the units are intimated by the Regional Centre of NSS, Govt. of India and the State Liaison Officer, Govt. of West Bengal, which are transmitted for the units for compliance.
Presently the enrolled strength of the NSS volunteers at the University of North Bengal is more than 7,500 (Seven thousand Five hundred). The volunteers are spread throughout the colleges affiliated to this university.
Both, Regular Activities and Special Camp per year are undertaken by the NSS units. As per NSS manual, a volunteer has to render 120 hours of service to the society as a member of the NSS unit per year. The volunteers who take part in the special camping programme have to work for 7 consecutive days at the venue of the programme.
District wise Colleges and NSS Units