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NCC intake suffers due to mounting vacancies

Proposal to use the services of Short Service Commissioned officers, retired personnel Expressing concern at the accommodation crisis faced by NCC units in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Singh said the Group Headquarters in Coimbatore and most of the unit offices were located in buildingsunder litigation. "The struggle for finding a place of our own for our offices had been continuing for quite sometime."

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Owing to the mounting vacancies for the posts of trainer and instructorthe National Cadet Corps (NCC) to increase intake despite requests from educational institutions, the Deputy Director-General of NCC, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Directorate, Commodore P.P. Singh told presspersons here on Tuesday.

Mr. Singh said 4,200 educational institutions and 147 institutions in the Directorate were awaiting permission to set up NCC units.

There was a dearth of trainers and instructors in the NCC and as on date, the Army wing had ten per cent, the Air Force wing 25 per cent and the Navy wing 40 per cent of the sanctioned strength lying vacant.

The NCC had a cadet strength of 1,03,880.

"It planned to increase women cadet strength from 18 per cent to 24 per cent during the current year. When the intake enhancement feasible after filling up posts of trainers and instructors, it is confident of raising the strength to 33 per cent in a phased manner," Mr. Singh said.

To fill up the vacancies, Mr. Singh said that a proposal for using the services of Short Service Commissioned officers and retired defence services personnel had been made to the Centre.

One more proposal sent to the Union Governmentrelated to the diversion of trainers and instructors in "disturbed States where NCC had not been really effective" to States in South India, where it was really doing well.

Accommodation crisis

Mr. Singh expressed concern at the accommodation crisis faced by NCC units in Tamil Nadu.

He said the Group Headquarters in Coimbatore and most of the unit offices were located in buildingsunder litigation.

"The struggle for finding a place of our own for our offices had been continuing for quite sometime," he said.

The hunt for Group Headquarters, unit offices and campsite continued in places like Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore. In Coimbatore, sites were identified and taking possession was in the preliminary stages.

Plea to universities

It would be befitting if some of the universities came forward and provided space for NCC activities, Group Commander of Coimbatore, NCC Group, Col. P.P. Oka said.

In Tiruchirapalli, the Bharatidasan University had given five to six acres and steps were being taken to convert that into a campsite.

Mr. Singh said it would be better if educational institutions created a block exclusively for NCC so that infrastructure would no longer be an issue.

To bring a lasting solution , the NCC had taken up the issue through the State-level advisory committee constituted by the State recently.

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