NSS was formally launched on 24th September, 1969, the birth centenary year of the father of the Nation. Therefore , 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.


NSS Motto

The motto or watchword of the National Service Schemeis '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.


NSS Symbol

The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the 'Rath' wheelof the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These gaint 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 primaeily 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 Badge

The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS Badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community services. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence the badge reminds the wearer to be in readings for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red color in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.


NSS Song

During Silver Jubilee Year the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmers and celebrations. Theme song cassetteis available and the theme song is given in the end of the Manual.