THE NATIONAL Cadet Corps (NCC) completes 58 years on Saturday. Every year the anniversary of the NCC is held on the last Sunday of November.
The NCC Directorate at Bhopal will celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be the chief guest at the NCC Day Parade being held at Motilal Nehru Stadium, Lal Parade Ground, Bhopal.
The genesis of NCC can be traced back to the World War I when pushed to the wall the British desperately looked towards India as a source of manpower.
The British Government in India wanted greater Indian participation in the war and introduced the Indian Defence Force Bill in the Legislative Council in Delhi on February 21 1917. The University Corps (UC) was born and things seemingly changed overnight with spirited Indian youth volunteering for service in the Corps. Today this organisation is the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world - the National Cadet Corps of India.
The formation of the NCC under the NCC Act, 1948 was a major milestone for the development of student community. With its motto of ‘Unity and Discipline’, NCC has become instrumental in molding character and imparting children a dynamic outlook during their school life.
The Corps expanded its horizons and now aims at developing character qualities amongst cadets to nurture them as good leaders and useful citizens so that they can take their appropriate place in all walks of life in the service of the nation.
Qualities of leadership, discipline, espirit-de-corps, courage and confidence with a secular outlook, which are the hallmarks of good citizens, are inculcated in cadets through a well conceived programme of institutional training combined with adventure sports and outdoor activities.
The progress and quality of training is reviewed and changes incorporated to bring about improvements. Currently NCC’s presence is in most districts of the country, standing at approximately 11.6 lakhs.
The wing wise distribution of enrolled cadet strength is Army Wing - 8,92,911, Air Wing - 65, 450, Naval Wing - 65,050, Girl cadets (All Wings) - 1,39,957.
Some think the NCC training is only a stepping-stone for those interested in careers in the Armed Forces. While some vacancies in the three services are reserved for NCC trained cadets, in recent years there has been a paradigm shift about the Corps role and its objectives.
The multifaceted training equips cadets to excel in whatever profession they choose. The NCC is indeed a nursery to groom future leaders in various walks of life and infuses virtues like leadership, secularism, sense of national unity, patriotism, selfless service.