INTRODUCTION – There has been a feeling among the volunteers and other functionaries of NSS that it should have a regular platform to be associated with it. Keeping this in view the concept of open NSS unit was started in the university system. But it could not be very successful being in the Govt. Sector. Later on, various discussions and meetings were held in this regard in different parts of the country and the outcome of these meeting was that an NGO should be formed to fulfill this requirement. NISHTHA is the outcome of this long felt need. Finally, NISHTHA was registered under the Societies registration act xxi of 1880 as National NGO on 15th May 2001.