On Wednesday, Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari addressed NCC (National Cadet Corps) cadets in the national capital and spoke about how NCC training helps the youth to become “robust, resilient and responsible adults”.
“I would like to encourage more young people to join the NCC and get the benefit of an educational experience that facilitates character building and helps mould them into robust, resilient and responsible adults….I also hope that parents will encourage their children’s participation in NCC as the many healthy and meaningful activities will keep young people gainfully occupied and give them a sense of achievement,” said the Vice President at the inauguration of the NCC Republic Day Camp in Delhi.
The camp comprising 2,069 cadets, including 695 girls drawn from 17 NCC Directorates covering all the states and union territories, will culminate into the Prime Minister’s Rally on January 28 at the camp site adjacent to Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment.
The Vice President, who was a cadet of the Corps himself, underlined the role of the NCC in grooming the youth into leaders of tomorrow.
“Its mission, since its inception in 1948, has been to complement the academic education of student cadets. And, a series of activities provide much room for character development, leadership training and building esprit de corps,” VP Ansari said.
“…the NCC is playing an important role in shaping the character and moral fibre of our people, and ultimately the effectiveness and dynamism of the nation,” he added.
At the event, a contingent of cadets drawn from all three wings – Army, Navy and Air Force – presented a guard of honour to the Vice President when he arrived. After that two separate routines by an all-boy band contingent and then an all-girl band contingent took place.
From this newly inaugurated camp, one all-male and one all-female contingent with 148 members each will participate in the Republic Day Parade. Two more all-male and all-female contingents will be part of the band on Republic Day.
“Besides the VP (Ansari), the current Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar), all three chiefs of the Armed Forces, actress Jaya Bhaduri, Union minister Sushma Swaraj, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have also been NCC cadets,” said NCC Director General Lt Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty at the event.
National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising of the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.
(With inputs from PTI)