NCC Officier:C.VIJAYARAJ., B.E.,Lecturer / Metallurgy
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An Infantry company with strength of 60 cadets commanded by an Officer has been started from the year 1991-92. The main aim of this scheme is to involve the students in social welfare programmes with a spirit of service. An additional Unit of NSS has been started from the Academic Year 2004-2005.
The dictionary meaning of the word character is "mental and moral nature". Character may be defined as the sum total of a person's individual traits that reveal themselves in activity and communication. Psychologically, character is not something that an individual inherits from birth. It is imbibed and grows automatically during inter-personal interactions. For the development of a really stable character, the presence of a multi-dimensional group environment is imperative. For the development of the best human qualities, favorable conditions must be created. NCC provides both the multi-dimensional environment and favorable conditions for development.
AIMS OF NCC
The Indian Parliament passed the National Cadet Corps Act in 1948, thus creating the National Cadet Corps (NCC). The motto of the NCC is Unity and Discipline. The Aims of the National Cadet Corps are;
- To develop qualities of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular out look, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship and the ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them useful citizens.
- To create a human resource of organized, trained and activated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life including the Armed Forces and always available for the service of the nation.
The National Cadet Corps can be considered as a successor of the University Officers Training Corps which was established by the British in 1942. During World War II, the UOTC never came onward the expectations set by the British. This led to the idea that some better schemes should be formed, which could train more young men in a better way, even during peace times. A committee headed by Pundit H.N. Kunzru recommended a cadet organization to be established in schools and colleges at National level. The National Cadet Corps Act was accepted by the Governor General and on 16th July 1948 the National Cadet Corps came into existence.
During the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan, NCC cadets were the second line of defence. They organized camps to assist the ordinance factories, supplying arms and ammunition to the front, and were also used as patrol parties to capture the enemy’s para-troopers. The NCC cadets also worked hand in hand with the Civil Defence authorities and actively took part in rescue work and traffic control. After the 1965 & 1971 Indo-Pak wars the NCC syllabi was revised. Rather than being the second line of defence, NCC syllabi laid a greater stress on developing qualities of leadership. The military training which the NCC cadets received was reduced and greater importance was given to other areas like social service and youth-management.
The NCC is administered directly by the Ministry of Defence. The Director General has staff which is drawn from the three services - Army, Navy and Air Force.
The NCC is divided into 16 directorates, similar to brigades, in which each state or group of states forms a directorate. The smaller states and union territories are attached with directorates of the bigger states. Each directorate is under the command of an Officer equivalent to the rank of a Brigadier. The directorates are further sub-divided into groups, which varies according to the size of the state, each under the command of an Officer equivalent to the rank of Colonel. A group consists of NCC battalions and NCC Air Force & Naval units. Other than the Commanding Officer, each Group HQ has an Administrative Officer and a Training Officer with ranks of either a Lieutenant Colonel or a Major. NCC is open to all regular students of college on a voluntary basis. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service.
The company is usually stationed at college, which is under the command of a lecturer who has received formal Army training and is known as an Associated NCC Officer (ANO).
The Ranks of SD Cadets
Cadets who join the NCC are also given ranks according to their merit and seniority. The ranks are similar in all the Divisions. The cadet rankings only extend up to the level of NCOs and they need not salute each other (except coming to attention when standing before a Senior). The ranked cadets are known as Cadet NCOs.