NCC air wing started at SASTRA

Nod awaited for Rs.250-crore air force station at Thanjavur

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: "Discipline, loyalty and integrity were qualities the public expect from National Cadet Corps (NCC)," said Air Marshal S.Y. Savur, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Air Command, Indian Air Force here on Friday.

Inaugurating the NCC Air wing at the Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), he said SASTRA could organise short-term courses for Air Force officers and Airmen for improving their knowledge in core areas.

Regarding establishment of a full-fledged air force station at Thanjavur, he said the Rs. 250-crore project proposal is pending for approval of the union cabinet committee on security. It will be cleared soon, he said.

Earlier he took the salute and inspected a guard of honour given by NCC cadets of SASTRA.

Col. T.N. Shanmugham, NCC group commander, Tiruchi said our country's NCC was the largest group in the world with 13 lakh cadets, marching towards 15 lakh, he said.

In the Tiruchi region, 54 colleges and 139 schools have NCC units. When NCC was started in the country, training was restricted to drill and weapon. But now it includes community development, adventure sports, youth exchange programme with other countries etc. Rifles have been imported from the Czech Republic and Germany for the Tiruchi group.

R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA, participated.

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