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 and simultaneously requested the Chief Ministers of States for their cooperation and help. It was appropriate that the programme has been started during the Gandhi Birth Centenary Year as it was Gandhiji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian independence and the social uplift of the downtrodden mass of our nation.
Celebration of NSS day on 24th September, from the year of 1994 onward as per Ministry's direction given.
In his address at the National Convention of NSS Key Personnel and Launching of NSS SJY Hon'ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development made an announcement that henceforth 24th September would be observe as NSS day every year, organising appropriate programmes on 24th September.