The number of seats reserved for the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) as well as the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) may soon go up.
At present, 64 seats are reserved at the Dehradun-based IMA for NCC ‘C’ certificate-holders, while 100 seats are reserved for them at the Chennai-based OTA.
Confirming this, NCC Director General Lt Gen RK Karwal said, “A case has been taken up with the government to increase these reserved seats at the IMA to 80 and to 120 at the OTA. The DG was interacting with the media at the NCC Directorate here on Wednesday.
To go with the expected increase in the number of seats at the training institutions of the Army's commissioned officers, the NCC also plans to start special training programmes for the cadets. The idea is to make them able and help them get admission to the Army training centres. The seats will definitely go up especially in view of an OTA being in the pipeline at Gaya in Bihar.
"We are arranging for special SSB coaching camps. More and more emphasis is being laid on adventure training," said Lt Gen Karwal.
The DG said that an increase in the quota of women cadets to 33 per cent from the existing 24 per cent was also on the cards. “The long-term plan is to have 50 per cent women cadets all over,” he said.
"Now women cadets can get a maternity leave for six months which used to be three months earlier. Females can also avail a child bearing leave of two years," he said.
The NCC is also working on a foreign exchange programme with ten countries. “The government has also sanctioned a recruitment of 2,000 more cadets that will be done in phases," he said
The DG arrived in Lucknow on a two-day visit to the UP NCC Directorate in Lucknow. He was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment in December 1970. Winner of medals like Sena Medal, Vishisht and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the officer has participated in wars including the 1972 war. A Graduate from the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General Officer has done Higher Command Course, Post Graduate Diploma in human Resource (HR) Management and MBA (HRM) from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.