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Expansion of NCC

Date: 19 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous


In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the expansion of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in coastal and border districts of India.



PM announced that from the 173 coastal and border districts, one lakh cadets, a third of them girls, will be trained.



  • In border areas, the Army will train the cadets. In the coastal area, the Navy will train the cadets. And where there are air bases, the Air Force will undertake training activities.

  • Border and coastal areas will get trained manpower to fight with disasters. Youth will acquire required skills for careers in armed forces.

  • Expansion of NCC in the border and coastal area has been under consideration of the Ministry of Defence for quite some time. There have also been discussions about increasing the footprints of the organisation in the tribal areas too.

  • The NCC, which was formed in 1948, has its roots to British era uniformed youth entities like University Corps or University Officer Training Corps.

  • It enrolls cadets at high school and college level and also awards certificates on completion of various phases.

  • Headed by a Director-General of three-star military rank, the NCC falls under the purview of MoD and is led by serving officers from the Armed forces at various hierarchical positions.

  • The NCC cadets receive basic military training at various levels and also have academic curriculum basics related to Armed forces and their functioning.

  • Various training camps, adventure activities, and military training camps are an important aspect of NCC training.

  • NCC cadets have played an important role over the years in relief efforts during various emergency situations.

  • Restructuring of the NCC was one of the key recommendations of the Committee of Experts (CoE) headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (Retd).

  • In the coastal regions, where youth are already familiar with the sea, the training will increase interest in careers in Navy, Coast Guard, and also Merchant shipping avenues.

  • In the border area, the trained cadets can play an important role in various contingencies and also in supporting roles to the Armed forces in various roles.