‘Opportunities are on the rise in the army, navy and air force’
Under the new approach, focus will be on children belonging to rural and semi-urban areas
Udhagamandalam: The focus of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) now is on personality development, said the Deputy Director General, NCC, Tamil Nadu Directorate Commodore Uday Narain Chitnavis, while speaking to media persons here on Sunday.
Under the new approach focus will be on children belonging to rural and semi-urban areas.
Pointing out that special officers have been put on the job, he said that career counselling is also being given a great deal of importance in the directorate.
Stating that the chances of getting into the armed forces as officers are bright for the cadets, he said that since the majority of the youth are opting for the software sector, the opportunities are on the rise in the army, navy and air force.
To a query, he said that there are now 13 lakh cadets in the country and just over one lakh in Tamil Nadu Directorate which includes Puducherry, Anadman and Nicobar.
Since the Directorate was finding it difficult to get sites for conducting camps, there was a proposal to purchase lands at major cities like Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi and Puducherry. A minimum of five acres would be needed.
The proposal was being considered by the government.
In each camp about 500 to 600 cadets could be accommodated and they would be equipped with firing ranges and other facilities.
Many private colleges in Tamil Nadu are keen on starting NCC units.
Earlier Commodore Chitnavis interacted with members of the All India NCC Girls Trekking Expedition. He commended the cadets for volunteering to participate in the difficult trek. He said that the trek would help them develop a love for nature and the environment.
Among those present was the Officiating Group Commander Colonel Akhil Sah.