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Only 49 colleges have opted for NCC as elective subject:DG

The NCC chief has also urged state governments in the northeast region to opt for NCC as an elective subject in educational institutions

education Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:27 IST
NCC cadets being trained to operate guns at a combined army training camp (CATC) at Nagrota on the outskrits of Jammu. The director general  of NCC has urged northeastern states to select NCC as an elective subject in colleges.
NCC cadets being trained to operate guns at a combined army training camp (CATC) at Nagrota on the outskrits of Jammu. The director general of NCC has urged northeastern states to select NCC as an elective subject in colleges.(PTI)

Shillong Director General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht said on Tuesday that only 49 colleges in the country had opted for NCC their elective subjects.

The NCC chief has also urged state governments in the northeast region to take NCC as an elective subject in educational institutions.

“We have made plans and there are 49 colleges in our country that have opted for NCC as elective subject. Books are ready,” Lt Gen Vashist said during a two-day visit to Meghalaya.

Expressing regret that none of the state governments in the region had taken up the opportunity, he said, “If they do not want it, it is their call. It has happened in the last two years,” urging the state governments to make use of the opportunity.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued a notification directing all universities to offer NCC as a subject in 2016 although NCC as an elective subject was first proposed in 2013 by the human resources development (HRD) ministry.

From the NCC point of view, offering NCC as an elective subject is seen as opportunity to woo students into its fold without them losing too many hours to attend NCC classes.

In its official syllabus, NCC will have a common service subject and specific subjects for the Army, Navy and Air Force for teaching and will be taken as a regular subject rather than an extracurricular one by the educational institutions.

An NCC officer, who did not wish to be named, said the state government was taking time to initiate this and was seeking legal opinion and other expert opinions on the matter.

Making NCC as an elective subject is expected to attract more students to join the organisation without worrying much about their academics, he said.

At present there are about 13.8 lakh cadets in the country and about 89,000 of them are enrolled in the entire northeast region alone.

With regards to the Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) the NCC used to have previously with Canada and other western countries, Lt Gen Vashisht said the NCC is conducting YEP programmes with 11 countries including its neighbour countries and from those in Central Asia and Russia.

“Our national interests do not lie in Canada but in the regional neighbourhood. We are having YEP programme with 11 countries now but in proximity to Central Asia, South East Asia and Russia,” he said

He said countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore and Vietnam are some of the countries the NCC are having the YEP with.