Nitya Mahajan, 14, won the best cadet award in junior wing (Air/Army). A student of Class 9 of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarab ha Na gar, Ludhiana, she joined the NCC last year. “Becoming the best cadet has been my dream. I am the first cadet who got the award in the first year. After joining NCC, I am more confident now,” she said.
Unlike others, Nitya wants to become an I AS officer. Daughter of a businessman Nalin Mahajan, Nitya was the first baton holder for her school.
Ojaswi Sharma, 18, nurtures a dream of joining the Indian Army. He was adjudged the best cadet in Army senior division and was awarded on January 28 at PM rally, a part of culmination of the Republic Day National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp.
Hailing from Rampur of Shimla district, Sharma joined NCC when he was in the first year at Post Graduate College of Rampur. Presently, he is in second year of graduation. He competed with 17 other male cadets from across the country. His father Arvind Sharma is a contractor while mother Neena Sharma runs a school.
“My aim is to join the Indian Army and NCC is a stepping stone for it,” he said.
On his Republic Day camp experience, he said, “I met cadets from all over the country. It is like an honour to be there-you are representing the youth of the country.”
Preeti Choudhary, 20, of Government College for Girls (GCG), Chandigarh, won the second best cadet award in the air wing of NCC. As many as 34 cadets, both boys and girls, competed for the title.
A student of BSc third year, Choudhary joined NCC when she was in the first year. She studied in schools across the country as her father Inder Singh was in the Army.
“I want to join the Air Force in air traffic controlling branch. NCC is like a nursery for defence forces. It has been a wonderful experience so far. This is a lifetime achievement,” said Choudhary.
She also received the Best All India Air Wing Trophy for the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh directorate on PM rally.
Amandeep Kaur, 20, was adjudged the second best cadet in naval wing where 17 boys and girls competed from all over the country. A student of BSc-2nd year of Dashmesh Girls College, Badal village in Muktsar district, she joined the NCC in the first year.
Daughter of a farmer, Kaur wants to become a naval officer. “I take pride in uniform. Everyone salutes it,” she said. She was also a part of national integration awareness presentation where her directorate came first. She is also a national-level player of handball.
She received the Best All India Naval Wing trophy for the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh directorate on PM rally.
Priyanka Routela, 19, of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, was the only girl from the directorate who was chosen to present classical dance at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
She was also a part of national integration awareness presentation where her directorate came first. During the Republic Day camp, she participated in contingent drill, group dance and ballet. “I want to become a fighter pilot. I want to fly Sukhoi-30.