If all goes well, then NCC (National Cadet Corps) could soon become a part of school curriculum. Efforts are on to include NCC as an elective subject in schools and colleges because experts believe that education has a very extensive role to play in changing people and society.
A workshop was held in New Delhi recently by Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) for carrying forward this important agenda of inculcating national pride among young students and making them better citizens having the right values.
According to a government statement, it was decided to implement NCC as an elective subject with credit points in 30 autonomous colleges in the first phase from academic year 2013-14 and extend it to all other 400 autonomous colleges and interested universities from the academic year 2014-15.
The 12th five-year plan too has documented that a national initiative to foster social responsibility in higher education would be launched. Several ongoing activities, such as, the National Social Service, National Cadet Corps, voluntary service, promotion of culture, arts, music, youth development initiatives will be captured in the proposed new national initiative aimed at deepening and enhancing community engagement in the colleges and universities.
The statement further elaborates that the Radhakrishnan Commission and the Kothari Commission have emphasized the need for students to be aware of social issues. The national system of education should have emphasis on the cultivation of social, moral and spiritual values among students.
The instituting of the National Service Scheme (NSS) in 1969 was a concrete manifestation of this emphasis. The National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986 modified in 1992 states that students will be required to participate in one or the other of existing schemes namely the National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps, etc.
It has to be entirely reformed and related to the life, needs and aspirations of the people so that it may serve as a powerful tool of social, economic and cultural transformation. While framing the educational policies of our country, it has been envisaged that general education is an important tool in shaping future citizens and enabling active engagement with society.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) was born out of the vision of creating a pool of highly motivated and disciplined youth imbued with the spirit of patriotism and national fervour who will answer the call of the Nation in its hour of need.
According to Moulendu Misra, former president of Lucknow University Affiliated College Teachers’ Association, “Including NCC in school curriculum is a welcome move as it will come in handy and useful for students in learning the important social issues at a much earlier stage of life.”