After independence the UGC headed by S. Radhakrishnan, recommended the introduction of voluntary National Service in academic institutions.
He directed the Ministry of Education to formulate a suitable scheme for the introduction of national service into academic institutions. The National Service Committee was appointed under the chairmanship of C.D. Deshmukh on 28 August 1959 to make concrete suggestions in this direction. Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission also unanimously agreed that a national-service scheme could be an instrument for national integration
The NSS motto expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for service, it is the aim of the NSS to demonstrate its motto in day-to-day Motto is "Not Me, Not You but We"
The programme aims to inculcate social welfare in students, and to provide service to society without bias. NSS volunteers work to ensure that everyone who is needy gets help to enhance their standard of living and lead a life of dignity.
Most government and government-aided institutions (schools and colleges) have volunteer NSS units, and private institutions are encouraged to have NSS volunteers
Camps are held annually, funded by the government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a city suburb. Volunteers may be involved in such activities as:
Camps typically last between a week and 10 days, although camps for shorter periods are also conducted.