National Service Scheme(NSS)


HISTORY:National Service Scheme, popularly known as NSS, is a permanent youth programme under the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and funded by Government of Tamilnadu and Government of India in the ratio of 5:7 The introduction of National Service Scheme in Colleges could be traced back to the advice given by Mahatma Gandhi to students towards forming a living contact with the community in whose midst their institution is located. Gandhi suggested that the students should do something positive so that the life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level. In 1958, the then Prime Minister Pt.JawaharlalNehru mooted the idea of having social service as a prerequisite for graduation. On September 24, 1969, the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi launched the NSS programme in 37 universities. The American College is one among the five colleges under the Madurai Kamaraj University where the NSS programme was introduced during 1969. At present, the college has the largest number of NSS units among colleges in the Madurai Kamaraj University. There are 9 NSS Units with around 950 student volunteers.

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. In short, the logo indicates,

  • Movement – Progressive Cycle of Life
  • Continuity as well as change