There is good news for candidates looking for careers in defense. Along with science and commerce streams, students will be able to opt for National Cadet Corps (NCC) as a subject. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given a go-ahead to accept NCC as an optional subject in higher education institutions.
The proposal to make NCC an optional subject was suggested in March 2013 in a meeting of state joint representatives, additional and deputy director generals of NCC. Later, both the ministries of defense and human resources development approved commencing of NCC on a trial basis in autonomous colleges, CBSE, and state secondary education boards.
Now, UGC has passed orders to start NCC as an option in colleges and universities. The commission is yet to draw up a detailed study plan. According to reports, NCC syllabus will be divided into five units. Theoretical study will include the following subjects:
Concept of a nation
Centres of forces and their rights
Main aspects of security
National defense and its challenges
Defense and security policy
Study of an institution related to defense (army, police or other).
At the same time, training will be provided in drilling, parade, and weapon handling apart from exchange programmes, social activity, and adventure.
NCC Fact File
July 5, 1948: NCC came into existence with Boys Army Wing; Same year, girls wing commenced
1950: Air wing started
1952: Naval wing started
1963-68: Training in NCC made compulsory by Central government
1968: NCC became voluntary / optional subject
In 1965 and 71 wars NCC cadets served as second line of defense
Entry into military and defense areas NCC get priority
C-certificate holding cadets get some relief in written tests as well.