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4th October, 2023 Polity

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Context: The National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2021-2022 were conferred by the President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Key Highlights

  • Awardees were honoured in various categories, including University or (+2) Councils, NSS Units, program officers, and NSS volunteers.
  • The NSS Awards were instituted in 1993-94 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Year of the National Service Scheme.
  • These awards acknowledge exceptional contributions made by universities, colleges, councils, senior secondary institutions, NSS units, program officers, and NSS volunteers. The goal is to further promote NSS activities across the country.
  • Objectives of NSS Awards:
    • Encouraging young NSS student volunteers to develop their personality through community service.
    • Recognizing the efforts of Programme Officers and Programme Coordinators for catering to the needs of NSS through the volunteers.
    • Motivating NSS Volunteers to continue their selfless service towards community work.
  • National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme launched in 1969 with the aim of developing the personality and character of student youth through voluntary community service. NSS is inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, and its motto is "Not me but You."
  • NSS Volunteers engage in various social activities, both regular and special camping activities. These activities encompass literacy and education, health, family welfare and nutrition, environmental conservation, social service programs, women empowerment initiatives, economic development activities, and rescue and relief efforts during calamities.

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Q. What is the motto of the National Service Scheme (NSS)?

A) Serve the Nation

B) Not me but You

C) Unity in Diversity

D) Peace and Harmony

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The motto of NSS is "Not me but You," emphasizing the spirit of selfless service and community involvement.