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Vice-President opens Republic Day NCC camp

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He appreciates the rigorous discipline of the cadets

‘Keep it up': Vice-President Hamid Ansari and NCC Director-General Lt. General R. K. Karwal interacting with cadets from Government Higher Secondary School Pipe Band, Aizawl, Mizoram, after their performance at the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi on Thursday. - Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
‘Keep it up': Vice-President Hamid Ansari and NCC Director-General Lt. General R. K. Karwal interacting with cadets from Government Higher Secondary School Pipe Band, Aizawl, Mizoram, after their performance at the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi on Thursday. - Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari inaugurated the National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp-2011 here on Thursday.

Mr. Ansari said the cadets, hailing from different parts of the country, with different linguistic and religious background, represent a “mini-India”. He appreciated the rigorous discipline the NCC cadets are put through, as it is very useful training for both the body and the mind.

Mr. Ansari said the nation would benefit if the four aspects of NCC training—physical fitness, discipline, team work and social service—were to be imbibed by everyone. Responding to a question on whether NCC training should be made compulsory, he said that though such a step would “no doubt” have a favourable impact, there were practical limitations to be overcome before it can be turned into reality. A contingent of NCC cadets from all three wings -- the Army, Navy and Air Force -- presented a guard of honour to the Vice-President on his arrival at the camp. This was followed by a performance of synchronized rifle art drill and a band display.

Mr. Ansari also visited the flag area where models depicting cultural heritage were displayed by various Directorates.

This year, 1,950 cadets, both boys and girls drawn from 17 NCC Directorates covering all the States and Union Territories of the country are participating in the Republic Day Camp.

The cadets will take part in a number of activities like cultural, national integration awareness and institutional training competitions during the nearly month-long Republic Day Camp.

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