A seminar on ‘How to join the uniformed services,' awareness programmes on rainwater harvesting and evils of tobacco smoking marked the Combined Annual Training Camp conducted from May 13 to 22. It was conducted by the 10 Tamil Nadu National Cadet Corps (NCC) Battalion, Vellore, at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School in Gandhinagar near here.

Participating in the seminar on Friday, S. Pattabhi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Katpadi, urged the cadets to come forward to serve in the uniformed services such as the defence services, police, Central Reserve Police Force and other para-military forces and serve the country, by utilising the NCC training they have received in schools and colleges.

The cadets should have a sense of duty, discipline and self-control to work in the uniformed services. Mr. Pattabhi urged them to equip themselves with skills related to physical efficiency such as rope-climbing and horse riding, and acquire soft skills such as English communication skills and general knowledge.

Mr. Pattabhi said that the uniformed services constituted a category of service where the members come into regular contact with the public.

He also dwelt on aspects of time management, which were essential for students to study well and get good marks.

Bhushan Mehta, Commanding Officer of the 10 TN NCC Battalion, who was also the camp commandant, presided over the seminar. Jotheeswara Pillai, NCC Officer, welcomed the gathering. K. Raja, Public Relations Officer, 10 TN NCC Battalion, proposed a vote of thanks.

All 700 participating cadets, 500 from 24 schools and 200 from seven colleges, participated in an awareness rally on rainwater harvesting. It started from the Don Bosco Higher Secondary School and returned to the camp site after passing through Gandhinagar East Main Roads and Cross Roads, Kangeyanallur Road and Auxilium College Road on May 18. The cadets carried placards and raised slogans stressing the importance of rainwater harvesting. Lt. Col. Bhushan Mehta flagged off the rally. Mr. Raja and Subhedar Major Lakshman Benage participated.

The cadets took out an anti-tobacco awareness rally from the camp site through the same route on May 15. They carried placards and raised slogans calling upon the public to eschew smoking. Lt. Col. Mehta presided over the inaugural function of the rally. Messrs. Raja, K. Sudhakar, Chief Officer and Lakshman Benage participated in the rally. NCC Officer Mohammed Kalimullah proposed a vote of thanks.

The Battalion Commanding Officer inaugurated the camp.

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