The National Service Scheme (NSS) along with National Cadet Corps (NCC) was once the most preferred extra-curricular activities on campus. However, in the recent past, many colleges are reporting a dip in membership. Even repeated drives in a few colleges have failed to get the required number of volunteers. Hence, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with an innovative idea – to introduce NSS as an elective scheme in the undergraduate course. So, now with the new course, students can not only participate in these NSS activities but also end up scoring marks in the exam for the NSS course.
There are a number of interesting subjects that would cover NSS including skill development. According to the syllabus prescribed by NSS, the course would also aim to enhance the employment potential of NSS volunteers or alternatively help them set up small buswiness enterprises. For the purpose, a list of 12 to 15 vocational skills have been drawn up, based on the local conditions and opportunities. Each volunteer will have the option of selecting two skill areas out of the list – one such skill in each semester. The education institution will make arrangements for developing these skills in collaboration with established agencies that possess the necessary expertise in the related vocational skills. Meanwhile, Bangalore University has already taken a lead in introducing this elective. Speaking to Mirror, BU registrar KK Seethamma said they were introducing the same for undergraduate course and students were now showing renewed interest in the extracurricular scheme. With this the twin objective of learning to serve society and score marks had been accepted.- Courtesy / Published on 13/08/2015 UGC Letter reg.: Introduction of National Service Scheme (NSS) as an elective subject in Higher Education