National Service Scheme (NSS) was formally launched in India on 24th of September 1969, to mark the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘the father of the Nation’. The education minister of that period Dr. V.K.Rao, launched the NSS programme in 37 universities, all over India with enrolment of around 40,000 students.

Nature of NSS-Social service, a scheme for students sponsored by ‘Ministry of Human Resources Development’, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

The symbol- based on ‘Rath Wheel’ of ‘Konark Sun Temple’ situated in Odisha.

NSS badge- The Konark wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release. It signifies the movement in life across time and space, the symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change. The eight bars in the wheel represents 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy- blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.


Goal- Education through community service, community service through education.

Obligation of NSS volunteers- to work for two continued years along with their studies, to put in 120 hours of service each year and to participate in one special camping programmes.

The NSS since its inception in 2009 in Women’s College Calcutta, has gained huge popularity among the students. In May, 2009, Dr. Mala Kumari Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit was formally appointed as the Programme Officer of NSS wing, Women’s College, Calcutta and was given the responsibility to organize year- long events under its banner. Accordingly, the NSS volunteers organized various activities under ‘Regular’ and ‘Special camping programmes’ from the year 2009 till date. It has been actively involved in developing ethical values and social responsibilities among the students. The unit has 100 registered volunteers every year. An advisory body (Committee) was set up in the year 2009 with the Principal/TIC as the ex-officio chairperson and representatives from teaching and non-teaching staff members to aid and advice Dr Gupta in conducting the various programmes.



2023-till date


Dr.  Anupama Chowdhury, Principal, Women’s College, Calcutta


Dr. Mala Kumari Gupta


1.Dr Sanghita Bhattacharjee

2.Smt. Rituparna Gangopadhyay

3.Smt. Archita Seal

4.Smt. Sanjukta Sardar Naskar

5. Smt. Ubhoybharati Acharya (Mukherjee)


1. Shri. Sajal Das

2. Shri. Ajoy Dey


1.Prapti Das (Department of Political Science)

2.Koyel Sahoo (Department of Education)



  • Best Special Camping Programme for remarkable performance during the year 2012-13, by NSS, University of Calcutta.
  • Best Programme Officer for her remarkable performance during the year 2012-13, by NSS, University of Calcutta.
  • Best volunteer award on the occasion of ‘GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION’ of NSS in 2019.
  • Some volunteers participated in Half Marathon (‘safe drive, save life’), organized by Kolkata Police on 6th January 2019.
  • Our volunteers participated in and got prize for ‘Recitation Competition’ held at Rabindra Bharati University from 23rd to 27th September 2019 on the observance of 150 years of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ and ‘NSS Day’.