The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its Headquarters at New Delhi, Delhi, India. It is open to school and college students on voluntary basis. National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The National Cadet Corps in India is a voluntary organization which recruits cadets from high schools, colleges and universities all over India. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service once they complete their course but are given preference over normal candidates during selections based on the achievements in the corps.
DG’s four Cardinal principles of discipline:
- Obey with a smile.
- Be punctual.
- Work hard without fuss.
- Make no excuses and tell no lies.
The NCC is headed by a Director General with the rank of lieutenant-general. He is assisted by two Additional Director Generals (A and B) of two-star rank (major-general, rear-admiral or air vice-marshal). Five Brigadier level officers and other civil officials also assist him. The Headquarters is located in Delhi. The organisational structure continues as follows:
- Directorate – There are 17 Directorates located in the state capitals headed by an officer of the rank of a Major General from the three Services.
- Group – Depending upon the size of the state and growth of NCC in the states, Directorates have up to 14 Group Headquarters under them through which they exercise their command and control of the organisation in the state. Each group is headed by an officer of the rank of Brigadier or equivalent known as Group Commander.
- Battalion- Each NCC Group Headquarters control 5-7 units (Bns) commanded by Colonel/ Lt.Col or equivalent.
- Company – Each Battalion consists of companies which are commanded by the Associate NCC Officer(ANO) of the rank of lieutenant to major.
In all there are 95 Group Headquarters in the country who exercise control over a network of 667 Army Wing Units(including technical and girls unit), 60 Naval Wing Units and 61 Air Squadrons. There are two training establishments namely Officers Training School, Kamptee (Nagpur, Maharashtra) and Women Officers Training School, Gwalior.
Certificates & Examination
There are Three Certificates in NCC. Below describes about it from lower value to higher value:-
- Certificate – A : It can be written by JD/ JW cadets of NCC, cadets of class 8 & 9. After passing those classes it can’t be obtained. The candidate must have attended a minimum 75% of total training periods laid down in the syllabus for the first & second years of JD/JW NCC (All Wings). The candidate must have attended one Annual Training Camp.
- Certificate – B : It can be written by SD / SW cadets of NCC, cadets after class 10 & those studying for +2, +3 (degree). In the second year of training they can appear for the same. The candidate must have attended a minimum 75% of total training periods laid down in the syllabus for the first & second years of SD/SW NCC (All Wings). He/she must have attended one Annual Training Camp/NIC. Cadets possessing ‘A’ certificate will be awarded 10 bonuses marks. An air wing cadet must do a minimum 10 Glide launches.
- Certificate – C : It is the Most important certificate for NCC cadet. Now it can be written in the 3 rd year of training, in the 3rd year of degree course / those having B certificate can write it in the first year after his +2 and in the 1st year of degree by SD / SW cadets only. The candidate must be possessing a ‘B’ certificate. Must have attended two ATCs or one ATC and in addition to it RD Camp Delhi, Centrally Organised Camp, Para Training Camp, Attachment Training with service units, National Integration Camp, Youth Exchange Programme, Foreign Cruise(Navy).
Incentives And Benefits Of NCC
ACTIVITIES OF NCC
- Institutional training
- Community development training
- Training during annual training camps at Bn. level
- Training during Centrally organized camps at various levels.
- Training during adventure activities camps (D G level)
- Training during attachment camps with regular army.
- Training during National level camps (RDC, TSC, IDC, YEP, NIC etc)
- Training during various competitions (NCC sports, Rifle shooting, Obstacles, Map reading etc.)
CAMPS OF NCC
Republic Day Camp:
- Before RDC all group headquarters have to face the IGC(Inter-Group Competition)
- NCC Republic Day Camp is the culmination of all NCC Training activities. RDC is held at Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt from 01 to 29 Jan. 1850 Selected NCC Cadets from 17 directorates attend the Camp. The Camp is inaugurated by the Vice President of India and culminates with Prime Minister’s Rally on 28 Jan.
- During the camp visit of Raksha Mantri, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister of Delhi, three Service Chiefs and various State Ministers/VIPs are also organised.
- During the RDC, various competitions are conducted amongst the 17 NCC Directorates to decide the Champion Directorate for award of Prime Minister’s Banner. Competitions are keenly contested in various events such as National Integration Awareness presentation, Drill, Line & Flag Area, Cultural Programs i.e. (group song, group dance & ballet), Best Cadet of Senior Division (Boys) and Senior Wing (Girls) in each Service – Army, Navy & Air Discipline and Best Cadet Boys and Girls each from Junior Wing. Aero modelling and Ship modelling are also conducted during RDC.
Combined Annual Training Camps (CATC)
In C.A.T.C., the boys(Senior & Junior Division)and girl cadets(Senior & Junior Wing)of a particular NCC unit participate in the 10-day camp. Classes are conducted as per the given syllabus wherein certain aspects of NCC training are taught once again. The camp acts as a refresher training for the cadets and they are also trained in basic skills of survival and emergencies besides other topics. They are taught certain skills pertaining specifically to their Wing for e.g., a Naval cadet is trained in boat-rowing, oaring, Semaphore, etc. Another activity in the camp is the “dogwatch” wherein two cadets are to stay on sentry duty for two hours at any time given time of the day. Those caught sleeping, especially during late night or early morning shifts, or otherwise missing from duty are severely reprimanded or penalized. Cadets are also introduced to weapons such as a .22 caliber rifle.
National Integration Camp (NIC]
NIC is to propagate national integration among cadets and society.’Only the best cadets in drills and march are sent to represent their states.’This camp is considered for SSLC and higher secondary course(+2) grace mark These camps are conducted on All India basis and help bridge the cultural gap among various States of India. In addition, there are six special NICs conducted at Leh, Nagrota (J&K), Chakabama (NER, Nagaland), Srinagar, Lakshadweep and Port Blair.
In this camp cadets are taught leadership quality and stage daring
Advance leadership course(ALC)
Advanced leader ship camp is conducted in many places. in this camp the officers give cadets training for ssb screening and entrance.
Army Attachment Camp(AAC)
These camps are conducted by the NCC in collaboration with Indian Army, as the willing cadets are attached to the specific regiments undergoing the training period of 10–15 days. In this camp, the cadets are trained by the instructors of the particular regiment, in the military tactics including day/night warfare & also get familiar with the weaponry.
Hiking And Trekking Camps
They are full of adventure, Cadets who want to experience something adventurous must attend them. Create memories never forgotten. the cadet who wants to participate, have a good stamina for walking. This camp is full of adventure.
Thal Sainik Camp (TSC)
The TSC is a 12 days camp conducted in Delhi every year in the late autumn, in which the cadets are selected from all 17 directorates (30+3 cadets from each directorate), by the selection procedure conducting 3 pre-TSC camps each of 10–12 days in a week interval. The selected cadets then are sent to the TSC to represent their respective directorates in the following competitions:
- Obstacle course– In which the obstacles includes 6-feet wall, zig-zag, double ditch, balancing, 3-feet bar, left bar, right bar, incline, etc. It is done after wearing full tactible gear with rifle.
- Firing – It consists of two types – Shooting(Grouping, Snap-shooting & Application) & Advance Firing (Standing, Kneeling & Lying positions). It is done with a standard .22 caliber rifle at the range of 25 meters & 50 meters.
- Map Reading – Which includes working with Prismatic Compass, service protector & a map. It is conducted in the day or at night for finding ‘North’, ‘Grid Positions’ & ‘Own Position’, with the help of landscapes at the unknown location in which cadets are dropped.
- Home Nursing – It consists of medical activities, as how to aid & heal a soldier in war.
The directorates also get marks by the inspection of their respective accommodations, dressing and some extracurricular activities by the inspecting squad. Arranging the numbers, the winning directorate gets a cup with decorations from the Director General, NCC on the closing day of the TSC. Two concurrent TSCs are conducted at RD Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt every year. i.e. S D / JD boys and SW / JW girls. 640 Boy and 640 Girls cadets take part in this camps
Vayu Sainik Camp (VSC)
This centrally organised camp is organised for Air Wing Cadets. Cadets from all directorates attend the camp. VSC is generally conducted in the month of October at Bengaluru.
Nau Sainik Camp (NSC)
This centrally organised Naval Camp is conducted annually for selected Naval Wing Cadets. Boat pulling, semaphore, tent pitching, drill competitions are the main attraction of the camp. It is generally held at Naval Maritime Academy (NAMAC) at Visakhapatnam but started to be held at Karwar from 2014.
All India Yachting Regetta (AIYR)
This centrally organised Naval Camp is conducted annually for selected Naval Wing Cadets. Yachting (Sailing) is the main attraction of the camp. It is generally held at Naval Base INS-Chilka at Odisha.
Rock Climbing Camps (RCC)
Eight rock climbing camps are held each year to expose the cadets to the basics of elementary rock climbing and to inculcate spirit of adventure amongst cadets. Four of these camps are held at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and other four camps at Nayyardam near Trivandrum in Kerala.
Youth Exchange Programme
The aim of YEP is a country-to-country exchange of cadets belonging to NCC/equivalet Govt/Youth Organisations of friendly countries and participation in various activities and appreciation of each other’s socio-economic and cultural realities.
Activities in our college
The total number of cadets was 52 now it has increased upto 104.From the next academic year onwards the 104 cadets will be enrolled. The activities of the NCC units include parade training, coaching classes for ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificate examinations, rifle drill, celebration of important national days, community service including visits to orphanages and old age homes and blood donation camps. We give more importance to personality development and social services.Every year the cadets bring glory to the college by securing high pass percentage in the certificate examinations and by getting selection into the prestigious Republic Day Camp held at New Delhi.
Environmental Day Celebrations
On environmental day cadets used to perform various activities like mime, rally ,role play regarding the importance of conserving trees and non-renewable energy and conduct
various competition for the students like poster designing, quiz etc.
International Yoga Day
International Day of Yoga on June 21 was celebrated with a wide variety of programmes. The program was inaugurated by the Director of the college, Rev Dr. Sis vinetha and Principal Dr.
Sajimol Augustine M facilitated the gathering. Cadets assembled at our college at 7:30am and performed Yoga for an hour and participated in the nationwide Yoga celebrations.
On Republic Day, the cadets of St. Teresa’s college represented 21 Kerala Battalion, Ernakulam in the Parade competition held at Collectorate ground, Kakkanad and the remaining cadets participated in the Republic Day Celebrations in the college.
On 15th August 2017, the Independence Day was celebrated in the college. The director Rev. Dr. Sr. Vinitha hoisted the flag and addressed the gathering.
Ncc was active and vibrant throughout the year .some highlights of the year are presented below
REPUBLIC DAY CAMP
- SUO Anchal cadet of NCC Army Wing, St. Teresa’s college Ernakulam took part in the Republic day camp 2017 at New delhi. .She was selected as the Best cadet in Army Wing from Kerala and Lakshadweep directorate and competed with other components from 16 other directorates all over the country.
- She has been selected as the Best cadet in Army Wing from Kerala and Lakshadweep directorate and competed with other components from 16 other directorates all over the country.
SPECIAL NATIONAL INTEGRATION CAMP
- SUO Anchal and SGT Nicey antony attended special national integration camp at Lakshadweep.
NATIONAL INTEGRATION CAMP
- SGT Anjana attended NIC at Coorg ,Karnataka and SGT Sneha attended the camp at Alappuzha, Kerala.
ARMY ATTACHMENT CAMP
- CPL Neethu.p attended AAC at Pangod , Trivandrum.
COMBINED ANNUAL TRAINING CAMP
- 16 Cadets of our college attended CATC at St Xaviers college Vaikom .