The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It was introduced with the primary objective of developing the personality and character of the student youth through voluntary community service. It provides opportunity to the student youth of the college to take part in various community service activities & programmes. ‘Education through Service’ is the purpose of the NSS and the ideological orientation of the NSS is inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. An NSS volunteer places the ‘community’ before ‘self’. NSS provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since inception the NSS, H. P. B. Girls’ College Unit has volunteered various community service programmes.
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is: ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.
NSS aims at developing the following qualities/ competencies among the volunteers:
1. To understand the community in which the NSS volunteers work and to understand themselves in relation to their community;
2. To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve themselves in problem-solving exercise;
3. To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
4. To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems;
5. To gain skills in mobilizing community participation;
6. To acquire leadership qualities and democratic values;
7. To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters; and
8. To practice national integration and social harmony.