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On the offensive: Cadets giving a warfare demonstration as part of NCC Day celebrations at SVU Tarakarama sports pavilion in Tirupati on Sunday.
On the offensive: Cadets giving a warfare demonstration as part of NCC Day celebrations at SVU Tarakarama sports pavilion in Tirupati on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Youth urged to draw inspiration from the movement and serve the nation

TIRUPATI: The 60th NCC Day, celebrated every year on the last Sunday of November, was observed amid great patriotic fervour and valorous acts by cadets at the SVU Tarakarama sports pavilion here.

The event marked demonstration of gallantry by the cadets, such as section-in-attack, skeet shooting, karate, horse riding etc.

Major General (Retd) C. Venugopal, a recipient of Param Visisht Seva Medal and Maha Veer Chakra, took part as the chief guest and reviewed the parade by the cadets. He advised the youth to draw inspiration from the vibrant movement called ‘NCC’ and utilise the opportunity to serve the nation.

Commander of Tirupati Group headquarters Col. Vijay Bakshi explained that the NCC was raised to inculcate a sense of nationalism amongst the youth. He traced the evolution of NCC to the formation of a panel in 1946 under Pandit H.N. Kunzru, whose recommendation put in place a viable potent force aimed at lending a helping hand during war and natural calamities.

Starting with 1.67 lakh, the cadet strength grew to a phenomenal 13 lakh, while the network spanned 17 directorates, 91 groups and 774 units across the country, in the process making its presence felt in 4,880 colleges and 7,783 schools.

On the Tirupati group, which covers Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts, Col. Bakshi said that 15,549 cadets were being trained in warfare and nation-building activities. He recalled that his cadets had secured fourth position in the inter-group Thal Sainik competition held this year at Hyderabad and also appreciated cadets K. Sumatha and C. Sreelakshmi for taking part in the basic mountaineering course and bagging the ‘A’ grade.

Students trained by Okinawa Karate-Do International Rao’s Martial Arts Organisation gave an awe-inspiring presentation.

According to grand master P.S. Ananda Rao, possessing 6th Dan Black belt (Japan), Karate is an indispensable qualification, both in terms of self-defence and also for deriving enhanced self-confidence in life.

Track suits distributed

Meanwhile, Col. Bakshi distributed track suits to nine horse riders of the 2(A) Remount and Veterinary Regiment, before they left for Secunderabad to take part in the final equestrian selections of the Republic Day 2009 camp.

The six boys and three girls had undergone eight months of strenuous training under the guidance of Lt. Col. V.K. Joshi to excel at the national level.

Nellore Staff Reporter adds: Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU) Registrar Prof. V. Narayana Reddy has appealed to the government to take steps for introduction of National Cadet Corps (NCC) in all educational institutions in the State.

Speaking at the valedictory function of Combined Annual Training Camp (CATC) organised in connection with the NCC Formation Day celebrations, Mr. Reddy explained children on the need to join NCC which inculcates discipline, courage and leadership qualities. Colonel J.K. Achutan, commandant CATC-Xth presided over the function. He appealed to the cadets to maintain discipline and try to achieve their goals.

About 750 cadets belonging to 24th Andhra Battalion (Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts) participated in firing, rifle drill, platoon attacking, bayonet fighting and other events for the past ten days, he said.

Kadapa Special Correspondent adds: NCC cadets should join the Army and serve the country, Capt. C. Vijayabhaskar said on Sunday. He was speaking at the NCC Day celebrations at the 30 Andhra NCC Battalion here.

NCC Officer M. Vivekananda Reddy recalled that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi were NCC cadets in their student days.

They gave a cash award of Rs. 1,500, a memento and citation to a cadet C. Sivajyothi who participated in Thal Sainik camp in New Delhi. Mr. Vivekananda Reddy gave away prizes to the Capt. Vijayabhaskar, who was adjudged best NCC officer and Javed Hussain, best clerk.

NCC Commanding Officer Col. Athar Singh flagged off a communal harmony week rally by NCC cadets in Kadapa.

Kadapa Special Correspondent adds: NCC cadets should join the Army and serve the country, Capt. C. Vijayabhaskar said on Sunday. .

NCC Officer M. Vivekananda Reddy recalled that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi were NCC cadets in their student days.

They gave a cash award of Rs. 1,500, a memento and citation to a cadet C. Sivajyothi who participated in Thal Sainik camp in New Delhi. Mr. Vivekananda Reddy gave away prizes to the Capt. Vijayabhaskar, who was adjudged best NCC officer and Javed Hussain, best clerk.


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