National Cadet Corps set for a revamp.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is all set for a revamp. The NCC will revise its curriculum to do away with irrelevant aspects and introduce subjects that would prove a shot in the arm for students of rural areas, Director General Lt Gen P S Bhalla announced on Thursday. Further, it would also expand its capacity by recruiting two lakh students over the next five years, with a special focus on regions plagued by Naxalite insurgency. “Around 80 per cent of the NCC’s current curriculum comprises military subjects. Some of them have lost their relevance. So the idea is to replace these with computer studies and other subjects that could give more exposure to students from rural areas,” said Lt Gen Bhalla, The new curriculum would be finalised by March 2012 and rolled out subsequently, he added.
About plans to expand its operations, the National Cadet Corps Director General said that capacity would be increased from the present 13 lakh to 15 lakh students. While half of these students would be from rural areas, the other half would focus on those from the North East, Jammu & Kashmir and districts hit by Naxalite insurgency. He added that the purpose of the move was to wean the youth of these regions away from anti-national sentiments and to equip them with skill sets.
According to the senior officer, at present, only four percent of all eligible candidates were being recruited as it would not be possible to handle more recruits.
Lt General Bhalla said that though compulsory recruitment was desirable since it would create a sense of patriotism and discipline among the youth, it was not possible under the current circumstances.