Lt Gen PS Bhalla, PVSM, AVSM, DG NCC during his visit to Marathwada region addressed Army officers and Associate NCC officers at Aurangabad on Wednesday.
He said he was happy to interact with the team which has the onerous task of training and guiding a sizeable strength of youth of this region. He shared his vision and explained details of various initiatives undertaken by the Directorate General at Delhi which are at different stages of finalisation with the Ministry of Defence as well as other ministries.
To make NCC a more responsive and effective organisation towards galvanising the youth of the country, the 'training philosophy' has been reframed after obtaining study reports from premium institutes entrusted with the task.
The thrust area is to develop the personality and character of a cadet in such a way that not only does he grow into a confident and self assured young man/woman but also nurtures such values which contribute towards building a healthy society and nation.
The changes expected include addition of NCC curriculum as an elective subject at graduation level. An interactive workshop to this effect, under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development is slated on March 21 where vice chancellors of 33 universities will participate. Thirty universities have 'in principle' agreed to run the curriculum as a pilot project in the next academic session.
The senior division curriculum will now be covered over a period of three years during the graduation course from the coming academic year instead of two years, as is presently being followed.
Gen Bhalla covered a wide range of subjects which also included the efforts of chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education, to include the syllabus covered by NCC, as an additional subject for classes 9th and 10th. He informed that the avenues in employment now available to NCC cadets are increasing not only in the armed forces but also in paramilitary forces and central police organisations like the CRPF where over 60% recruits are ex-NCC cadets.
Even private industries like Reliance and Sahara group give preference to ex-NCC cadets for their security establishment, he said.