NATIONAL CADET CORPS (NCC)
The National Cadet Corps is not a paramilitary organization. It is a youth movement having enormous potential for nation building, with its total strength of over one million students from schools and colleges, developed into a valuable auxiliary to the educative system. The primary purpose of the organization is to mould the youth of the country into better citizens. It came into being by an Act of the Indian Parliament in 1948. It provides exposure to the cadets in a wide range of activities, with a distinct emphasis on social service, discipline and adventure training. It has developed as the biggest youth organization of the country, living up to its motto “Unity and Discipline”. It is spread in every nook and corner of the country. It has been divided into four divisions: namely, The Senior and Junior Boys Divisions, the Senior and Junior Girls Wings.
The aims of NCC:
To develop qualities of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and sportsmanship, and ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them useful citizens. To create a human resource of organized, trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life including the armed forces and be always available for service of the nation.
NCC training is carried out in conformity with the directives and syllabi issued by the Director General (DG NCC). The syllabi cater for the all-round development of the personality of the cadets. It can be divided into three distinct parts:
- Institutional Training
- Social Service Training
- Adventure oriented Training
Camp training constitutes possibly the most important part of the NCC training programme. In camps the young cadets get the thrill and joy of the outdoor community living. They are given practical instructional training. Camps also develop team spirit, leadership qualities, self-confidence and self-reliance, and dignity of labour in the cadets. The cadets get opportunity to acquaint themselves with officers of high rank in forces so that they get inspiration from them. The important types of camps are:
- ATC (Annual Training Camp) of ten days for JD (Junior Division) and twelve days for SD (Senior Division).
- BLC (Basic Leadership Camp) of the same duration as that of ATC.
- NIC (National Integration Camp) of ten days. This camp helps the cadets to visit other parts of the country and to live with other cadets and their families. This type of exchange enables them to learn the way of life, customs, traditions and cultural heritages of other regions of our vast country.
- ALC (Advanced Leadership Camp) of twenty-one days.
- Trekking Expeditions of fourteen days. These camps are held at the national level.
- RCTC (Rock Climbing Training Camp) of ten/twelve days.
- RDC (Republic Day Camp) of twenty-seven days. Cadets for RDC participate in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath on 26th January. Cadets are also selected for visiting foreign countries in Youth Exchange Programme (YEP). All India Best Cadets in all wings are selected in RDC.
Youth Exchange Programme (YEP)
Selected Cadets are sent to foreign countries on reciprocal basis for a period varying from ten days to three months. Presently the countries to which the Cadets are on this programme are Canada, UK, Singapore, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
NCC holds regular exams and awards certificates to cadets every year. A, B & C certificate of NCC are of immense value and help to choose a career after the academic year. JD cadets are eligible for appearing in A certificate exams after the completion of two years of NCC service with any one camp. Certificate B & C are meant for Senior Division Cadets in Colleges.
Incentives to NCC
Cadets are eligible for cash awards/scholarships for various competitions during the various camps.
Seats are reserved for NCC cadets in Kerala state in various educational/professional technical institutions. Bonus marks for admission in University Courses are awarded to NCC cadets in Kerala.
NCC A, B & C certificate holders are given additional bonus marks. Thus NCC has a vital role in the all-round development of the individual but due to ignorance many students and their parents lose many of wonderful opportunities.
A GLANCE AT THE NCC ACTIVITIES OF DBHSS, IRINJALAKUDA
The activities of NCC in every academic year starts with an official inauguration soon after THE school reopens.
On every Monday and Friday cadets are trained in parade after the school hours by the NCC officers from the headquarters in Thrissur.
The cadets take initiative to collect stationary items, clothing, etc. from their fellow students and donate them to orphanages and old age homes. They arrange refreshments to them and spend one session with them organising various cultural activities and programmes.
The troop gets special firing practice at Christ College range to improve their skill in shooting.
The cadets conduct cycle expeditions to nearby localities. It is done with a dual purpose. They visits the orphanages and do social work, too.
Republic Day Celebration
Our cadets participate in the Flag Hoisting Ceremony in the School and at Irinjalakuda Municipality Grounds. They have secured first place in several years in the Rally conducted by the Municipality on the Republic Day.
Camps and Certificate Exams
The cadets participates in various camps and certificate exams conducted by various government bodies.
Annual Day Celebrations
Every year all the cadets come together to celebrate their annual day function with lot of cultural programme towards the end of the academic session.