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NATIONAL CADET CORPS ( NCC )

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

Lt. Shameer A.P, NCC Officer

Stand up, be bold, be strong, take the whole responsibility on your shoulders and know that you are the creator of your own destiny”

Swami Vivekananda

INTRODUCTION

1.         The National Cadet Corps (NCC) came into existence on 16 July 1948 under an Act of Parliament. Its motto ‘Unity and Discipline’ has guided the NCC in its long-standing effort to mould young volunteers into disciplined and responsible citizens of India. Over the years, in response to the evolving environment, the NCC’s initial military orientation was augmented by dimensions of social service and adventure training. After 64 years of existence, the NCC today has 17 Directorates divided into four divisions or wings namely the Senior Division / Wing for college boys / girls and Junior Division / Wing for school boys / girls comprising approximately 13.4 lakh Cadets. An additional 1.6 Lakh are joining under the expansion plan, making it the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.

2.         The ‘Aims’ of the NCC laid out in 1988 have stood the test of time and continue to meet the requirements expected of it in the current socio–economic scenario of the country. The NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens. Further, it aims at creating a pool of organized, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life, who will serve the Nation regardless of which career they choose. Needless to say, the NCC also provides an environment conducive to motivating young Indians to join the armed forces. 

3.         India is on a high growth trajectory. If we are to fully realize our potential we must develop training arenas that can instill vigour in the young and bolster their confidence whilst retaining a sense of purpose, honour and patriotic service. The NCC ideal: ‘Empowerment of Youth’, betokens our commitment to work for a healthy, prosperous and strong India.

 VISION

4.         Empower volunteer youth to become potential leaders and responsible citizens of the country.

 MISSION

5.         To develop leadership and character qualities, mould discipline and nurture social integration and cohesion through multi-faceted programmes conducted in a military environment. 

CORE VALUES

6.         The NCC is a responsive, learning and continuously evolving organization. Its activity is guided by certain core values that we Endeavour to instill among all ranks of the NCC. These include the following:-

(a)        A sense of patriotic commitment to encourage cadets to contribute to national development.

(b)       Respect for diversities in religion, language, culture, ethnicity, life style and habitat to instill a sense of National unity and social cohesion.

(c)        Abiding commitment to learn and adhere to the norms and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

(d)       Understanding the value of a just and impartial exercise of authority.

(e)        Ability to participate in community development and other social programme.

(f)        A healthy life style free of substance abuse and other unhealthy practices.

(g)        Sensitivity to the needs of poor and socially disadvantaged fellow citizens.

(h)       Inculcating habits of restraint and self-awareness.

(j)         Understanding the values of honesty, truthfulness, self-sacrifice, perseverance and hard work.

(k)        Respect for knowledge, wisdom and the power of ideas.

 

TRAINING CONCEPT

7.         The Training Philosophy is based on the following concept:-

(a)        Comprehensive training for ‘Empowerment of Youth’ to earn the ‘Right to Lead’.

(b)       Module based training to cover:-

            (i)         Character building and Competence Development.

            (ii)        Basic Military Training.

            (iii)       Social Awareness and Service.

 

(c)        Cadet friendly curriculum eliciting involvement and obviating additional burden on students with instructors acting as facilitators for developing competencies and talents in an individualistic as well as team centered environment.

(d)       Innovative, interesting and safe conduct of training with high degree of visibility to inspire youth, duly supported by appropriate training infrastructure and logistics support for boy and girl cadets.

(e)        Professional training by a pool of dedicated and competent trainers through a well-structured ‘Train the Trainer’ programme and Refresher programmes for broad based expertise and to enhance trainer skills.

(f)        Progressive Institutionalized training culminating into camps/ competitions/ activities at the National level.

(g)        Use the internet effectively to develop camaraderie and strengthen bonding amongst NCC cadets, energize training and providing ready access to a Knowledge Bank.

(g)        Inculcate National Integration through Regional and National Integration Camps.

(h)       Offer a Global perspective and exposure through Youth Exchange Programme.

(f)        Regular appraisal to identify redundancies and deficiencies in the organization and curriculum for suitable remedial measures. 

OBJECTIVES

8.         The activities of the NCC will be conducted with the following objectives:-

(a)        To train volunteer youth to become confident, committed and competent leaders in all walks of life.

(b)       To enhance the awareness level of cadets for being responsible citizens of the country.

(c)        Provide opportunities and encourage cadets to enhance their knowledge / awareness levels on life / soft / communication skills, character building / personality development.

(d)       Conduct activities to provide value based contributions towards society in terms of social and community development.

(e)        Undertake adventure activities for development of leadership qualities and risk taking abilities.

(f)        Provide a platform to launch “good-will ambassadors” cadets to project the image of the country overseas.

(g)        Provide an environment to motivate cadets to join the armed forces as a career.

TRAINING PRINCIPLES

9.         Keeping pace with the changing environment, the principles of NCC Training will be as follows:-

(a)        JD/JW to be for two years while SD/SW to be for three years.

(b)       Separate syllabus for JD/JW and SD/SW.

(c)        Tailor-made syllabus for professional institutes to encourage enrolment of cadets.

(d)       Revised training curricula in a military environment with due emphasis on soft skill enhancement, social responsibilities, adventure and sports.

(e)        Uniformity in syllabus for boys and girls.

           (f)        Common Syllabus for all three wings to be approximately of 60 to 70% and      Specialized Service Syllabus training  will be 30 to 40 %.

(g)        Emphasis on practical training.

(h)       Conduct of periodic composite training ensuring continuity and coherence for a comprehensive, logical and realistic package of curricula for better learning objectives, assimilation and application.

 

TRAINING METHODOLOGY

10.       The training methodology is the fundamental of any training philosophy. The broad parameters governing smooth and efficient execution of the new training philosophy are enunciated in multifaceted training activities as follows:-

(a)        Institutional Training. Training will be planned and conducted in an innovative, progressive and interesting manner to enthuse the cadets.

(b)       Camp Training.          Camp training will be formalized, be integrated with and a manifestation of institutional training.

(c)        Social Service and Community Development.     Social service activities will be conducted with a purpose to increase the awarenessand cohesiveness levels of cadets and meet the aspirations of society.

(d)       Youth Exchange Programme. YEP will be extended to more countries so as to create an increased awareness among participants and appreciate each other’s socio-economic, cultural realities and act as global good will ambassador of India to project country’s image overseas.

(e)        Adventure Based Learning and Sports.     Number  of adventure activities will be increased to enhance cadets participation.

(f)        Personality Development.  The curriculum on Personality Development / Life / Communication Skills will be introduced into the existing syllabus.

(g)        Competence Assessment / Certificate Examination.      Efforts will be made by all directorates to prepare the cadets for the exams to improve their performance.

(h)       Training of Trainers. Periodic Refresher training will be conducted for the trainers by innovative method to improve training standard.

(j)         Infrastructure.           The concept of NCC Nagars and Academies in various states will be pursued vigorously with the state governments for proper training facilities.  Minimum one training Academy per Group will be achieved in given time frame.

 CONCLUSION

11.       Over the years, the NCC has emerged as one of India’s premier institutions for imparting systematic training to youth.  The training covers a wide spectrum ranging from soft skills to military activities.

12.       India’s evolving socio-economic structure and the resultant aspirations have necessitated this review of our training philosophy. The idea is to evolve fresh approach towards training that will be adequate in the present and retain its relevance in the foreseeable future. This presupposes synergy in the application of available resources as well as an effective implementation strategy by dedicated trainers supported by a modern infrastructure. It also necessitates an innovative and dynamic approach to training.