NCC inducts over 18,000 cadets in North-east
SHILLONG, March 20: As many as 5 NCC cadets including a girl under the NE region directorate have been selected for recruitment as commissioned officers in the armed forces. The cadets are – Mousumi Nath, Himsikhar Kashyap, Abhijit Giri, Rishav Raj and Manas Kakati. Moreover, over 18,000 new NCC cadets were being readied for training in the border districts of the Northeast amid Covid19 restrictions in the period since the Prime Minister made the announcement in his last Independence Day,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to train one lakh new NCC cadets in 173 border and coastal districts has been fast getting fulfilled in Northeast, the NCC stated. The NCC directorate Northeastern Region with its headquarters in Shillong has been undertaking the expansion drive on a war footing. National Cadet Cops (NCC), the world’s largest voluntary uniformed youth organisation, currently has the strength of 14 lakh cadets under its 17 regional directorates. The trainings of NCC, which is under the Union ministry of defense, are managed by army, navy and air force depending on the locations – border areas, coastal areas and areas with IAF bases respectively. “We have taken 18,373 cadets on board NCC during extensive induction drive carried out throughout border regions since November-December last year,” said Maj Gen Ananta Bhuyan, additional director general of NCC NE region.
The cadets have been selected from 220 educational institutions situated mostly around 20 km from the international border of the north-eastern states. The institutions that decided to introduce NCC as a curriculum include 76 colleges and 144 high and higher secondary schools. “Due to the hindrances arising out of Covid-19 pandemic, the trainings were started in February this year,” said Maj Gen Bhuyan, who hails from Assam and known for his exploits in the Operation Meghdoot of 1984 that led to India’s possession over the strategic Siachen glacier. Explaining the advantages of being an NCC cadet, he said, “Any C certificate holder NCC cadet gets advantage in recruitment at various levels of the armed forces including army, navy and air force.”
The C certificate holder gets exemption from written interview of NDA (National Defence Academy) and SSB (Services Selection Board), he added. It may be mentioned that over 90% of the candidates cannot clear the written exam every year. Maj Gen Bhuyan also apprised chief ministers and governors the need to give preference to NCC C certificate holders in terms of recruitment in state police forces. “Besides providing advantage in recruitment into armed forces, NCC helps in character building of a person,” Maj Gen Bhuyan said during his interaction with a group of journalists in Shillong.
One of the key objectives of the major expansion drive initiated by the government is to enthuse the spirit of nationalism in the 173 border and coastal districts of the country. NCC cadets can also serve as a crucial link between the forces and the local population in remote regions during emergency hours, sources said.