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Sunday, November 17, 2013

NCC enrolment goes up in Karnataka

A conscious effort is being made to increase the intake of girls in Karnataka NCC. (Inset) Air Commodore C Rajeev, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate, Karnataka & Goa.

                                                                 By Anantha Krishnan M
                                                                  Express News Service


Bangalore: With more than 100 schools and colleges waiting to set up
National Cadet Corps (NCC) units, the request for enrollments has gone up in Karnataka. Currently, the state has around 72,000 cadets enrolled in NCC, of which 34 per cent are girls. It is among the first few states to fulfil the Central Advisory Committee guidelines on increasing the representations of girl cadets.
In an interview to Express, Air Commodore C Rajeev, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate (Karnataka & Goa) said that most girls enrolled come from humble family backgrounds. “It's a life-changing experience for these girls, especially when they handle fire arms and overcome obstacle courses. We take lot of care to groom these girls to handle different situations,” Rajeev said.
The state has currently 56 NCC units, including Army, Air Force and Naval wings. The strength of each unit varies from 300 to 2600, with the Army getting the major share. Six NCC groups form the Karnataka and Goa Directorate, with two in Bangalore, and one each in Mysore, Mangalore, Belgaum and Bellary. The three battalions of Goa are attached to Belgaum.
The major attraction for most cadets is the prospects of getting selected for the Republic Day Parade, while some use the NCC certificate for getting admissions to professional courses. While no data is available as to how many NCC cadets eventually join the Services, Rajeev said that there are over 14 lakh cadets across India constituting just three-four per cent of the total population. “Karnataka provides the right mix of students in NCC. Those from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region are sturdy, robust and physically agile, while the cadets from Bangalore excel in their communication skills. The support from the state government over the years played an inspiring role in NCC's growth in Karnataka,” Rajeev said.
He said the NCC has adopted a new training philosophy with more focus being given to the personality development skills. “While the military training forms the core of NCC philosophy, we are now paying more attention to individual development of every cadet. Experts from Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development from Sriperumbudur conduct classes for our trainers regularly. Our trainers in turn look into various aspects of individual growth. Gender sensitivity issues are also taught at various NCC camps,” Rajeev said.
                                                                   Copyright@The New Indian Express

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