National Cadet Corps (NCC) director general Lt Gen PS Bhalla on Tuesday said that the NCC needed to be revamped in order to reinforce the interest of today's youth.
"It cannot function any longer on the lines laid down in 1970," Lt Gen Bhalla said on his maiden visit here.
The director general, while addressing a seminar at the Army Public School, said the training philosophy of the organisation had to be changed, as till date, the junior (13-18 age) and senior (18-26 age) wings were being taught the same curriculum. He wondered how an adolescent and an adult could be taught on the same lines as both varied in needs and understanding levels.
The DG said both genders were equal in the forces, as time and again women cadets had proved their physical and mental ability. He said that last year, of the seven girls who made it to the Mt Everest, four were NCC cadets. He said there was a need to bring a change in the syllabus of the three arms - Air Force, Army and Navy -- as the present one was hard and service-oriented.
He said the NCC no longer would be a co-curricular activity in school as it would be made an additional subject in classes 9 and 10 and an elective subject in classes 11 and 12. At the college level, this year, 30 autonomous universities will offer NCC as an elective subject and would study the result of its implementation.
On the issue of non-issuance of uniforms to cadets for two years, the DG said that by next month, uniforms and shoes along with track suits would be issued to cadets.
The DG said that next month, a national-level seminar would be held in Delhi where the human resource development minister would talk about the changes to be implemented in the NCC norms.