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PROUD MOMENT: NCC cadets of the Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate contingent who participated in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi call on Governor R.S. Gavai at the Raj Bhavan in the capital city on Thursday.
PROUD MOMENT: NCC cadets of the Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate contingent who participated in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi call on Governor R.S. Gavai at the Raj Bhavan in the capital city on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Cadet Corps (NCC) contingent of Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate, which bagged the fourth overall position in inter-directorate events at this year’s Republic Day camp in New Delhi, met Governor R.S. Gavai at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

In all, 108 cadets from the Directorate participated in the camp, of which 10 took part in the Rajpath march as part of the Republic Day parade. Among the honours bagged by the contingent at the national camp is the inter-directorate drill competition trophy won by the senior wing (girls) cadets. This is the first time that the Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate contingent has won the trophy in this category.

“It is a great honour to bring this trophy to our directorate. Eighteen of us participated in the drill competition where we faced tough competition from other contingents,” said Senior Wing parade commander cadet Archana Radhakrishnan of 27 (KER) BN NCC, Palakkad.

Cadet A. Kannan Nair of 1(KER) Naval NCC unit, Thiruvananthapuram, won the Prime Minister’s Bronze Medal for best cadet. Kannan, who has also won the Chief Minister’s gold medal at the State level, participated in the Rajpath march. “For the best cadet competition, we had to participate in a number of events, including firing, drill and written test. The outdoor events were more difficult because of the biting cold. But in the end, it all paid off,” said Kannan. Second-timer at the Republic Day camp, cadet Karthika Parvathy won the gold medal in the inter-directorate horse riding competition. A cadet of 1(KER) R&D squadron, Thrissur, Karthika had won bronze medal in the same category last year.

The NCC Air Wing cadets from the contingent maintained their winning streak in the aero-modelling competitions at the camp, winning four gold medals in the static aero-modelling category. Cadet Sharat Kumar and cadet Archana J.P. bagged two gold medals each in the event.

Cadet Manjush P.K. and cadet Ashkar Abdul Kalam also bagged gold medals for their yachting models in the inter-directorate ship modelling competition.

Manjush, Ashkar and cadet Gokul Raveendran also won silver medals in the static ship modelling competition. Cadet Kevin Jose won the NCC Director General’s commendation card VIP briefing and flag area competition.

The Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate contingent also brought back to Kerala after a gap of 20 years the inter-directorate champion’s trophy for line area competition.

In addition, the contingent bagged 20 gold medals and 20 silver medals in group song competitions.

The cadets reached Thiruvananthapuram after the month-long camp on February 2.

The contingent, led by commander Lt. Col. T.J. Zacharia, had received the Chief Minister’s banner from Education Minister M.A. Baby on Wednesday.

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