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Interaction: Col. Mahendraratta introducing NCC cadets to Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali at the inauguration of ‘All India Sainik Camp 2008’ in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Interaction: Col. Mahendraratta introducing NCC cadets to Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali at the inauguration of ‘All India Sainik Camp 2008’ in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

All India Vayu Sainik camp begins in Bangalore

Bangalore: All India Vayu Sainik camp, a national-level camp for Air Wing NCC cadets, was inaugurated by Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali here on Tuesday. The camp, an annual event, is being conducted by National Cadet Corps Directorate, Karnataka and Goa, here.

Addressing the cadets, the Minister exhorted the youngsters to pursue a career in aviation.He said that the Government was thinking of introducing NCC in engineering and medical colleges as well. A proposal to increase the strength of NCC cadets by 20,000 was under its consideration, he added.

Vayu Sainik Camp is the testing ground for all air wing activities of NCC. In this camp, 600 cadets, including 180 girls, from 15 directorates from across the country are participating. They will compete in aviation-related activities such as flying micro-light aircraft, gliding, aero-modelling, and skeet-shooting.

The cadets will also participate in competitions related to general military training involving drill, range firing, tent pitching and health and hygiene. The cadets are also slated to fly in Indian Air Force aircraft at Yelahanka Air Force Station. They are scheduled to visit various places of interest in and around Bangalore, including aviation organisations such as HAL.

Briefing about the camp, Col. Mahendraratta, camp commander, said that the NCC Air Wing was the largest nursery of human resource for aviation. Air Wing NCC cadets would take to the sky as at a young age and gain proficiency in handling routine air situations. Cadets could not only join the Indian Air Force, but also the civil aviation industry as cabin crew, operators, managers, supervisors and engineers.

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