Defence Minister clears expansion of NCC with additional 3L cadet vacancies

New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) To meet the increasing demand from educational institutions across the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for expansion of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) with the additional of three lakh cadet vacancies.

From just 20,000 cadets in 1948, the NCC will now have a sanctioned strength of 20 lakh cadets on its roles making it the largest uniformed youth organisation of the world, a Defence Ministry statement said.

With NCC being offered as an elective subject as per the National Education Policy 2020, the expansion will be a step towards meeting the aspirations of the youth towards playing a pivotal role as future leaders of the nation.

The far-reaching impact of this expansion will lead to proportionate distribution of vacancies across all States and Union Territories and would reduce the waiting list of institutions aspiring for the NCC. The expansion plan encompasses the establishment of four new Group Headquarters and the addition of two new NCC units.

An important facet of the expansion plan involves the proposal for employment of ex-servicemen as NCC instructors thus leveraging their skills and vast experience. This noble initiative will ensure quality training to NCC cadets and would generate employment opportunities for the veterans.

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