NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME (NSS) UNIT, AIIMS
National Service Scheme popularly known as NSS, was launched in Gandhiji's Birthday Centenary Year 1969 in 37 universities involving 40,000 students with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service.Today, NSS has over 13.75 lakh student volunteers on the roll spread over 174 universities / +2 system. From its inception, more than 1.52 crore students from the Universities, Colleges and Institutions of higher learning have benefited from NSS activities as NSS volunteers. Due to its overwhelming popularly and demand,the scheme was extended to the students of +2 level in selected Instutions.
The National Service Scheme has two types of programmes viz."Regular Activities" and "Special Camping Programme" undertaken by its volunteers. Under 'Regular Activities', students are expected to work as volunteers for a continuous period of two years, rendering community service for minimum of 120 hours per annum.The activities include improvement of campuses, tree plantation, constructive work in adopted villages and slum work in welfare institution, blood donation, adult and non formal education, health, nutrition, family welfare, AIDS awareness campaigns,etc. Under "Special Camping Programme", a camp of 10 days' duration is conducted every year in the adopted areas on a specific theme like "Youth for Rural Reconstruction", "Youth Against Dirt & Disease", "Youth for mass literacy", "Youth for social harmony", etc. The theme for 1996-97 and 1997-98 were "Youth for Sustainable Development and Watershed Management".