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200 cadets attend training camp for Republic Day contingent

TIRUCHI: Five hundred NCC cadets are undergoing the Combined Annual Training Camp at the Government Polytechnic College, Thuvakudi. Besides, 200 cadets are taking part in the Republic Day Contingent Preparatory Training Camp (first stage).

The preparatory camp will screen the senior and junior boy and girl cadets and select them for the Republic Day contingent representing Tamil Nadu Directorate, which also includes Pondicherry and Andaman Nicobar Islands. The cadets are being selected for drill, cultural, aero modelling, ship modelling and other such events.

Commodore U.N. Chitnavis, Deputy Director General, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman Nicobar Islands, visited the camp on Thursday to oversee the selection of Republic Day contingent and interview and select cadets for Youth Exchange Programme.

He planted a sapling in the campus, witnessed an aero modelling show, and honoured winners of Inter Group Firing Competition with prizes. Flight cadets J. Yuva Priya and H. Sundari operated the remote control glider and performed Control Line Aerobatics respectively.

Commodore Chitnavis was briefed about the camp activities by Colonel T. M. Shanmugam, Group Commander, NCC Group, Tiruchi, and Chief Training Officer (CTO), and Lt. Colonel Sunil Anand, Camp Commandant.

Conducted by 3 (TN) Composite Technical Company, NCC, Tiruchi, the camp, which began on November 10, comes to a close on November 21.

Later, in a chat with presspersons, Commodore Chitnavis said that the Directorate accorded priority for having permanent NCC campsites for its six Groups - Chennai A & B, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Madurai and Pondicherry. The Directorate was expecting allotment of land by the State Government at the earliest. Each campsite will have all facilities, including firing range.Officers were also sent to New Delhi for the purpose of receiving training to offer career guidance for the cadets. Compared to other southern states, cadets of Tamil Nadu had a disadvantage in not knowing Hindi.

The Directorate was keen on offering training in soft skills to the cadets to enhance their communication skills.

Commodore Chitnavis noted that the skills of cadets in Tamil Nadu was of high order, and that enrolment in NCC was more in sub-urban and rural areas.

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