The Objectives of the Scheme are broadly, outreach education for students volunteers and services to the nation.
Other broad objectives of the NSS are:
1. To understand the community in which they work.
2. To understand themselves in relation to their community.
3. Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process.
4. Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
5. Utilize their knowledge in generating practical solution to individual and community problems.
6. Develop competence required for a group living and sharing of responsibilities.
7. Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
8. Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
9. Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters.
10. To extend the national integration and social harmony.
Motto of NSS
The motto of NSS is "Not me but you", It underlines that the welfare of an individual ultimately depend on the welfare of society as a whole. This express the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of other individual's point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings.
The Emblem of NSS is based on the "Rath" wheel of the Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. This giant wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release. And signify the movement in life across time and space. It also stands for dynamism and progressive outlook of youth.
The Konark wheel in the emblem has eight-bars, which represent Eight Pahars in the cycle of 24 hours of the day. Hence, the Badge rewinds the wearer to be readdress for service of the Nations 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 energic 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.