SHILLONG, May 11 � The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is an elective subject in some States of India and senior officials from the NCC have expressed confidence that similar steps would be taken by State education boards and Universities of the North East.
Major General US Dadu, Additional Director General, NCC, said here on Friday at a NCC Group Commander�s Conference of the North Eastern Region that NCC is already an elective subject in some States of India in close coordination with CBSE and State autonomous Universities.
�NCC as an elective subject is required to be introduced in CBSE schools and in the autonomous universities in the Northeastern States,� Major General Dadu said.
NCC has been raised under the NCC Act of 1948. Its objective is to develop character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens.
Further, it aims at creating a pool of organised, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life, who will serve the nation regardless of which career they choose.
Major General Dadu said that to realise some of the short term objectives of the NCC, including making it into an elective subject, the state advisory committee meeting should be held every year for each State to be chaired by the State Government. The (SACM) acts as an apex committee to resolve all issues connected with NCC activities, he added.
He further informed that the NCC will be upgrading 18 minor units to NCC Battalion with 3520 cadets each in the strategically important seven States. Moreover, he lauded the participation of female cadets in the North East, saying �It is encouraging that enrolment of women in the North Eastern States is better than other States of India,� the Major General said.