An NCC camp training centre featuring a slithering platform along with other facilities will soon come up on the sprawling premises of the Bharathidasan University's main campus for conduct of camps and to impart various types of training to cadets.
By providing five-acres of its land to establish the training centre with financial assistance of over Rs. 9 lakh from the State government, the University has obviated the need for the NCC Group Headquarters here to approach educational institutions requesting their facilities for conduct of camps and training programmes.
Other facilities constitute firing range, obstacle course, platforms to erect tents and other basic paraphernalia including a stage and toilets. The slithering platform will be the first of its kind in an NCC camp training centre in Tamil Nadu, the Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarters, Tiruchi, Colonel S. Ved Nayagam, said. The centre is expected to come up by May first week.
While Rs. 4 lakhs would be utilised for the slithering platform, Rs. 3.8 lakh would be spent for the firing range, and Rs. 1.55 lakhs for creating the obstacle course. The slithering platform will be a concrete structure with a staircase for cadets to go up to get into a replica of a helicopter. Cadets would then slither down holding a rope from a height of about 20 metres to the ground within the purview of safeguards to prevent injuries, said Col. Ved Nayagam.
The obstacle course would constitute various types of obstacles including zig zag balance; double ditch, cross bar; left and right vaults; and a six feet wall.
All camps would be conducted at the training centre envisaged to accommodate about 700 cadets once it comes up, Col Ved Nayagam said. The Tiruchi NCC Group encompasses nine units accounting for a total number of 19,400 Senior Division, Senior Wing, Junior Division and Junior Wing NCC cadets from various districts.
On Monday, the Vice-Chancellor K. Meena laid the foundation stone for the training centre in the presence of Col Ved Nayagam, Lieutenant Colonel S.K. Singh, Training Officer of the NCC Group Headquarters and University staff.