JAMMU, JAN 27: After the Greater Jammu in its edition on June 2, 2022 had reported that the Union Ministry of Defence was on the job to expand National Cadet Corps (NCC) base with special focus on Border Talukas in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and other States/UTs, the UT Administration today constituted an Advisory Committee to be headed by Lieutenant Governor (LG) as its Chairman for the formation of new units.
The LG led 13-member Advisory Committee comprised of Chief Secretary (Member), Administrative Secretary, Higher Education and School Education Department-Member (s), 4 Vice Chancellor of Universities in the UT of J&K- Member (s), Additional Director General, NCC Dte JK &L- Member, Representative of GOC-in C/HQ NC & HQ WC-Member (s), Director School Education, Jammu & Kashmir- Member (s), Two Principals from Colleges having Senior Division/Senior Wing NCC to be nominated annually by Government of J&K-Member (s), Two Headmasters/Headmistress of schools which provide a unit of Junior Division/Junior Wing NCC to be nominated annually by Government of J&K-Member (s), Deputy Commissioner, Jammu & Srinagar- Member (s), Representative of Finance Department-Member, Any other member to be referred by the Lieutenant Governor, J&K- Member and Director/Additional Director NCC Dte J&K and L-Member Secretary.
The committee will give recommendations and tender advice to the Central Government and to the UT Government relating to NCC activities on various matters which include formation of new units and disbandment of existing units, sub- units, selection of colleges and schools which should raise units or III, selection of persons for appointments as officers in the Senior and Junior divisions, Any other matter which may be referred to it by the Central Government, UT Government or the Director General NCC as the case may be, issue directions and tender advice to officers commanding units of the Senior Division and Director Public Instructions on improvement of training and training facilities for cadets, improvement in discipline in the units and general welfare of officers and cadets.
As per data available, A total of 324 schools and 74 colleges in J&K UT are already being covered by the NCC. “Needless to say, the NCC also provides an environment conducive to motivating young Indians to join the armed forces.
The percentage of youth joining the NCC in Colleges and then choosing Defence services and career is quite high in J&K UT. This expansion of NCC units will definitely encourage more youth to join armed forces to serve the nation”, NCC experts opined.
Overall, 17644 educational institutions (both schools and colleges) have been covered across the country till date. Around 58 percent are Urban/Semi-Urban and 42 percent are Rural. Girl Cadets consist of 33.72 percent of the total strength of NCC. Further, the total strength of enrolled NCC cadets across the country is 1347436 including 893074 Boys Cadets and 45362 Girls Cadets.
Pertinently, NCC was established under the NCC Act, 1948. NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens.