National Cadet Corps (NCC)

The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its Headquarters at New Delhi. It is open to school and college students on a voluntary basis. National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The National Cadet Corps in India is a voluntary organization which recruits cadets from high schools, colleges and Universities all over India. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service once they complete their course but are given preference over normal candidates during selections based on the achievements in the corps.

NCC Flag Contains NCC Crest in gold in the middle, with the letters "NCC" encircled by a wreath of seventeen Lotus with a background in Red, Blue and Light blue. Red depicts the Army, Deep Blue depicts the Navy and Light Blue depicts the Air Force. The seventeen Lotuses represent the 17 State Directorates. "UNITY AND DISCIPLINE" (EKTA AUR ANUSHASAN) is written at the bottom of the NCC Flag.

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) has its genesis in the University Corps, which was created under the Defence Act, 1917 with the object to make up the shortage of the Army. In 1920, when the Indian Territorial Act was passed, the University Corps was replaced by the University Training Corps (UTC) in 1942, the UTC was renamed as the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC). The need to create a youth organization at National level to train the young boys and girls to be better citizens and future leaders of our great country in all walks of life, including Defence forces, was rightly realized by our leaders. A Committee under Pandit H.N. Kunzru was set up in 1946 at the behest of our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The NCC came into existence on 16th July, 1948 under the NCC Act of 1948 under the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

NCC Motto:
The Motto of the NCC is 'UNITY AND DISCIPLINE' which was adopted on 23 Dec 1957.

Aim of NCC:
The aims of NCC as approved by MOD in Mar 2001 are as under:
● To develop character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship and ideals of selfless service among the youth of the country

● To create a human resource of organized, trained and motivated youth, to provide leadership in all walks of life and always be available for the service of the nation

● To provide a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in the Armed Forces.

Core Values of NCC:
● A sense of patriotic commitment to encourage cadets to contribute to national development.

● Respect for diversities in religion, language, culture, ethnicity, lifestyle and habitat to instill a sense of National unity and social cohesion.

● Abiding commitment to learn and adhere to the norms and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

● Understanding the value of a just and impartial exercise of authority.

● Ability to participate in community development and other social programme.

● A healthy lifestyle free of substance abuse and other unhealthy practices.

● Sensitivity to the needs of poor and socially disadvantaged fellow citizens.

● Inculcating habits of restraint and self-awareness.

● Understanding the values of honesty, truthfulness, self-sacrifice, perseverance and hard work.

● Respect for knowledge, wisdom and the power of ideas

NCC at St. Claret College
NCC unit at SCC was launched in August 2018 with 108 cadets and sanctioned by 8 KAR BN NCC, under "Bengaluru ‘B’ GROUP" in the Karnataka & Goa Directorate, Bengaluru. Every year 108 Cadets are enrolled in this unit with Lt. Prakash Chandra Behera as the Care Taking Officer (CTO).

NCC Activities
Regular activities like Drill, Rifle Drill, Map Reading, Weapon Training, Field Craft and Battle Craft etc., are conducted as per the syllabus framed by NCC Directorate. Anti Drug Rally, Swachcha Bharath Abhiyan, Yoga, Independence Day, Republic Day, Kargil Vijaya Diwas, Road Safety Rally, Blood Donation, Army Awareness, NCC Inter collegiate competitions and NCC Day celebration are the other programs conducted by NCC 8KAR BN wing at SCC.