NSS has been functioning in the realm of higher education since last four decades. Colleges and plus two schools were given freedom to develop specific programmes suited to local conditions. Hence a variety of projects were implemented by the institutions during the period. The context in which the SCHEME had to be launched and the image which it assumes at present are feared to be at variance with its original philosophy. Therefore it is appropriate to seek to understand the philosophy which formed the basis of NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME as it was originally envisaged.
The overall aim of NSS is to give an extension dimension to the higher education system and orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institution. It has been felt that the primary aim of the scheme is to enable the students to develop their personality and experience through community service. On September 24, 1969, the then Union Education Minister Dr.V.K.R.V.Rao launched the NSS programme in 37 universities covering all states. It was appropriate that the programme was started during the Gandhi Centinary Year as it was Gandhiji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian Independence and social uplift of the down-trodden masses of our nation.
In Peoples Co-op.Arts and Science College NSS started functioning in the year 2007 as Unit No.50 approved by Kannur University. Since then numorous socially committed programmes were undertaken. As a result one more Unit sanctioned by University numbered 73. Construction of new roads, dwellings, social awareness programmes, sanitary programmes,upliftment of backward community to the main stream are under taken by the Scheme. Each year 100 students are enrolling in NSS.