Why should a student join in NCC ?

Capt. Monuj Phukan

Associate NCC Officer

Patsaku College

Mobile No. 9854168639

                       The National Cadet Corps which is popularly known as NCC is the largest youth organization in the world. NCC came into being on 16th April 1948 through an Act of the parliament and formally it was raised on 15th July 1948. It is a voluntary organization and administered through the Ministry of Defence. It enrolls the students of schools and colleges. Presently NCC has enrolled more than 13 lakh students of schools and colleges all over the country. The students enrolled into this organization is known as Cadet. The motto of NCC is Unity and Discipline.

Its aims are –

  1. To develop character, comradeship, discipline, secular outlook, spirit in adventure, sportsmanship and ideals of selfless service among the youth of the country.

  2. To create a human force of organized, trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life and always be ready for service of the nation.

  3. To provide a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in Armed Forces.

Organisation:

                      Defence Secretary is overall in-charge of this organization and he is responsible to the Government of India for its effective functioning. At the headquarters level NCC is headed by the Director General of NCC who is a serving officer of Indian Army with the rank of Lieutenant General. There are 17 Directorates all over India under the command and control of the Director General. Each Directorate is commended by Deputy Director General with the rank of Major General.

                      There are 91 Group Headquarters all over the country which come under those 17 Directorates and these Group Headquarters are commended by Group Commander with the rank of Brigadier. Each NCC Group is consisted of 5 to 7 Units. Commanding Officers with the rank of Colonel are commanders of Units. The small organisations of cadets in schools and colleges are known as Company and Troops respectively. An ANO (Associate NCC Officer) who is also a regular teacher is responsible for functioning of NCC in his respective institution.

                       To become an ANO the teachers are required to undergo military training at OTA, Kamptee (for male teachers) and OTA, Guwalior(for female teachers). After a rigorous training of three months, the teachers are commissioned in NCC with the rank of Lieutenant (for college teachers) and Third Officer (for school teachers).The ANOs are promoted up to the rank of Major and Chief Officer respectively.

                          NCC is broadly divided into two Divisions. Senior Division/Wing and Junior Division/Wing. Senior Division is for male students of colleges and Senior Wing is for female students of colleges while Junior Division is for male students of schools and Junior Wing is for female students of schools. Each Division has three wings viz. – Army, Navy and Air Wing.

Training:

                         NCC imparts various types of training to the cadets. The main aims of training are to develop self-confidence, patience, physical ability, good qualities and character of the cadets. On the basis of the nature of training it can broadly be divided as Institutional Training, Camp Training, Attachment Training, Adventure Training, Youth Exchange Programme etc. Institutional training is given in own educational institutions of the cadets on weekly or monthly basis. For camp training various types of camps are organized at different levels in different places of the country. For attachment training cadets are attached with regular forces of Army, Navy and Air. Some of the NCC camps are –

  1. ATC (Annual Training Camp)

  2. CATC (Combined Annual Training Camp)

  3. NIC (National Integration Camp)/ EBSB (Ek Bharat Shetra Bharat)

  4. RDC (Republic Day Camp)

  5. YEP (Youth Exchange Programme)

  6. BLC (Basic Leadership Camp)

  7. ALC (Advance Leadership Camp)

  8. TSC (ThalSainik Camp)

  9. Vayu Sainik Camp)

  10. Nau Sainik Camp)

  11. All India Trekking Expedition

  12. Rock Climbing

  13. Mountaineering

  14. Basic Para Training Camp

  15. Para Sailing

  16. Rafting

  17. Valley of Flower Expidition

  18. Desert Safary etc.

                     For various training no cadet is required to pay any kind of fee to the authority. It is cent percent free of cost. Even the cadets are paid TA and DA for onward and backward journey to the camp site. They also get free accommodation during training in camps. The NCC camps create a suitable environment for the cadets so that each and every cadet can learn the lessons of living with fellow cadets in the same barrack, interaction with the cadets of different regions, tolerance, patience, national harmony and team work. In different camps the cadets are trained on different military and non-military subjects. Military subjects includes Drill with and without arms, physical training, map reading, judging distance, firing, weapon training, obstacle race while non-military subjects include disaster management, social awareness, community development, health & hygiene, environment awareness, personality development, leadership. In the training camps importance are also given on sports, culture and music. Through the camps the cadets get a chance of travel too as the centrally organized camps are held in different corners of the country. Centrally organized camps are really a better platform for the cadets for exchange of language and culture with the cadets of other regions. For a good cadet camp life could be a lifelong and unique experience which helps him in various stages of life.

Social Service:

                      NCC carries out some social activities like Blood Donation, Tree plantation, Adult Education, Traffic Control, Slam Clearance, Road Construction etc. During natural calamities too NCC cadets come forward for assistance of the sufferers.

Examinations:

                     In Junior Division (JD) of NCC a cadet is enrolled for two years two years while a cadet in Senior Division (SD) is enrolled for three years. After completion of two years training the cadets of each division are required to appear in examinations. ‘A’ certificate examination is held for JD cadets and ‘B’ & ’C’ certificate examinations are held for SD Cadets. After obtaining ‘B’ Certificate a SD cadet can appear in ‘C’ certificate examination in the next year. The successful cadets are awarded O, A, B & C grade according to their proficiency/merit.

Incentives to the cadets:

                       Central and state governments in India give incentives to the NCC Cadets in various sectors. More particularly in the defense sector better opportunities are offered to NCC cadets. The NCC cadets having ‘C’ certificate are exempted from written examination in getting enrolment in armed forces. There are 64 reserved seats per year for NCC cadets in IMA (Indian Military Academy), Dehradun and 100 seats in OTA (Officers’ Training Academy). 06 seats per course in Navy and 10% vacancies in Air Force are also there for NCC Cadets with ‘C’ Certificate.Moreover, 5-10% bonus marks are awarded to NCC Cadets for getting enrolment in the other ranks in Armed Forces, in recruitment into paramilitary forces, police forces, some other departments of central and state governments and private sectors.

                             During training NCC cadets are given free uniform, washing allowance, refreshment @ Rs. 30/- for attending in two classes of NCC of 80 minutes duration (40 minutes per class). When a cadet moves to camp training he is entitled for TA, DA and free accommodation. For meritorious students NCC offers annual scholarship. Sahara offers scholarship @ Rs. 30,000/-  and 12,000/- to the professional and other categories students respectively. NCC conducts Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) with ten friendly countrieslike Russia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal etc. for promotion of international peace and harmony. The cadets with outstanding performance in NCC could avail the chance under this programme. Cadet Welfare Society(CWS) offers financial assistance and relief to the NCC cadet and their families in case of injury and death respectively during NCC related activities.

                          NCC cadets also get preferences in getting admission into Medical College, Engineering College, Technical Institutions and in other institutions for higher education in reserved seats.

How one can join in NCC:

                          The interested students of schools and colleges having good health within the age limit of 13 – 25 years are eligible to join in NCC. But it is for the students of those schools and colleges where there is a troop/company of NCC. Of course the students of the institutions where there is no any troop/company of NCC can apply for joining in NCC under open vacancy. For this the interested students are required to contact with ANO of any institution having NCC.

Conclusion:

                         In true sense, since its inception, NCC has been playing a vital role in improving the qualities of students and making them better citizens. But till date the government has not made it compulsory for all educational institutions. Even in some states; the state governments have not given due attention in giving incentives to the NCC cadets. We hope, in near future NCC will play much more active role and the cadets will enjoy the world of excitement and experience.