NCC to grow, change training syllabus
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) The National Cadet Corps (NCC), India's military youth movement in schools and colleges, is all set to grow with the defence ministry planning to increase its sanctioned strength from the existing 13 lakh to 15 lakh cadets.
The outfit is also readying to change its training syllabus, refining the philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the country's youth.
These issues were discussed at the NCC Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting chaired by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju here Thursday.
"The important issues discussed during the CAC meeting included introduction of a new syllabus based on the refined training philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the youth of the country.
"In addition, an increase in authorised strength of cadets to be enrolled in NCC, raising of additional NCC units and enhanced role of NCC cadets in social and community development programme were also discussed during the meeting," defence ministry officials said here.
Addressing the meeting, Raju complimented the NCC on the excellent performance of its cadets in various activities pertaining to training, sports, adventure, social service and community development.
Describing the NCC cadets as "leaders of tomorrow," Raju said since they are the key instruments of social change, economic growth and technological innovations, there is an urgent need to channelise their energy in proper direction with care.
On the occasion, NCC Director General Lt. Gen. P.S. Bhalla presented a detailed update on NCC activities in the past two years to the members of the CAC.
CAC is the apex body that advises the government on policies regarding the constitution and administration of NCC.
The CAC also consists of nominated members of parliament, the tri-services chiefs, and eminent educationists.
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