National Cadet Corps ( NCC), an organisation that aims to inculcate values and discipline apart from feelings of nationalism among students, is going through a rough weather, especially in private schools and colleges.
This comes after an order from school education department that no expenditure on NCC in private schools and colleges would be borne by the state government.
“This step of the state government would gradually bring down state’s performance and position at national level,” said Naved Siddiqui, NCC officer at St Francis School in the state capital. Earlier, NCC used to come under sports and youth welfare directorate. It was transferred to the school education department a few years back.
The school education department then issued an order and informed NCC headquarters that no expenditure on NCC in private schools and colleges would be borne by the state government.
“It is ironical that the state government has withdrawn its 25% share of expenses incurred on NCC (75% expense is given by Central government). The higher education department sends letters to promote NCC activities in colleges while school education department withdraws financial assistance; so strange,” said Lt Manoj Selokar, NCC officer of Career College.
An NCC cadet from a private college may end up paying around Rs. 1,800 from his pocket for a ten- day camp, which is essential to complete the three year course.
Serious candidates who aim at participating in special camps and at taking part in RDC (Republic Day parade camp) generally attend eight to ten camps a year, said Abid Mohammad Khan, NCC officer of Bal Bhawan School.
Khan said Madhya Pradesh’s performance had always been exemplary and ranked in first ten at national level.
The new policy of not supporting private schools and colleges would result in bringing down MP’s rank further down as cadets from private schools and colleges form larger part of the winning contingent, Khan said.
PS Kalra, principal of International Public School, said he wanted to start NCC in his school, but NCC officials expressed unwillingness to register any new school, probably due to their own limited resources.
“My school tried to start NCC two years ago, but NCC office said it could not register any new institution,” Kalra said.
“Students from private schools had to face many problems in getting leave sanctioned for NCC camps. Now, when students or their parents have to bear all the cost of attending camps, I think many parents would refuse to allow their children to join NCC,” said Santosh Raikwar, former NCC cadet.