Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues felicitated NCC cadets of Punjab and Chandigarh, who participated in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, today.
The NCC contingent included 55 cadets from Punjab and Chandigarh. The Governor congratulated them for their excellent performance and wished them luck for the forthcoming National level competition. He also exhorted them to lead virtuous lives and contribute towards nation building.
In his impromptu speech, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal encouraged cadets to join the defence forces to safeguard the nation. He also assured wholehearted support to the NCC and asked schools and colleges to focus on NCC to mould children’s character.
Addressing the gathering, NCC deputy director general Rajinder Singh emphasised shooting and other adventure activities. Cadets of the region also displayed great interest in adventure activities like trekking and mountaineering expeditions to MT Thaelu and Bhagirathi II. Many excelled at national level shooting, micro light flying, horse riding and show jumping.
Group Commander, Punjab NCC Group, Colonel KJ Singh said the NCC aims at channelising the abundant youthful energy into constructive thinking by inculcating a sense of discipline, teamwork and confidence among the students.
Highlighting the performance of cadets, Colonel Singh said 2,1,142 cadets attended training camps, 13,991 cadets successfully passed NCC proficiency certificates, participated in blood donation camps, tree plantation drives, pulse Polio , AIDs awareness, Cancer awareness, traffic control and anti dowry campaigns.
A total of 14 NCC cadets were successfully selected for training as commissioned officers in defence services. Trophies won by cadets during the recently conducted National RDC Camp-2009 were also displayed.
These included the Best Tent Pegging Trophy, Best Rider Boys’ Trophy, Best Directorate Air Trophy, Best in Remote Controlled Flying Trophy, Best in Aero Modelling Trophy and Best Naval Cadets trophy.
Cadet Jaspreet Kaur of Ludhiana was adjudged the Best Pilot, Cadet Amandeep Singh of Chandigarh was adjudged the Best Naval Cadet and Cadet Anuj Kumar won the Best Horse Rider Trophy.
Girl students asked to be aware of rights
Chandigarh: As part of the UT administration’s efforts at gender sensitisation, a workshop on legal education for women was organised at Government College for Girls, Sector-42 on Thursday.
College principal Shashi Malik was the chief guest at the workshop, in which more than 215 students participated. Professor Vijay Nagpal of the PU, Chandigarh Law Department delivered the keynote address on women’s rights.
Addressing the students, Madhu P Singh apprised them about the legal framework of marriage and advised girls to be vigilant about their rights. Dr Geeta Joshi spoke about domestic violence and quoted a number of legal interpretations concerning women’s rights in cases of domestic violence.
Savita Sharma, a practicing advocate, delved into administration of justice while convener Dr Manjit Kaur said the purpose of the workshop is to provide legal education to students so that they could use it in times of need.