Make NCC an Elective Subject, UGC issues circular to all Universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all varsities to implement NCC as an elective subject. The notification was circulated following the communication held with the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. In a letter sent to all the universities, UGC has clearly mentioned that the issue was raised and discussed in the JSR&D Conference held on 30 July, 2015. There itself the decision to implement NCC as an elective subject to be taken up by all universities.

In 2013, the then HRD minister M M Pallam Raju, while inaugurating an NCC workshop in Delhi, announced that NCC will no longer be just a extra-curricular activity but an elective subject with credit points to be offered in selected educational institutions (autonomous colleges) from Academic year 2013-2014.

During that time, AICTE, UGC and CBSE were asked to consider this proposal to give credit to the students with NCC background in admission to their affiliated colleges. There are about 400 autonomous colleges and 700 universities across the country. The country has a good number of retired army officers who can contribute in this endeavour.

The National Cadet Corps in India is a voluntary organization which recruits cadets from high schools, colleges and universities all over India. It is open to school and college students on voluntary basis. National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service once they complete their course, but are given preference over normal candidates during selections based on the achievements in the corps.

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