72nd Raising day of NCC 2020 celebration by NCC Directorate Uttar Pradesh
The 72nd Raising day of NCC 2020 was celebrated on 24th November at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. by NCC Directorate Uttar Pradesh. The lamp lighting ceremony was performed by the Chief Guest Mrs. Aradhana Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary, Secondary Education, Government of UP, Major General Rakesh Rana, ADG, UP NCC Directorate, and Professor Sanjay Singh, Vice-Chancellor, of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University. The Programme was organized as per protocols & guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.
History: The National Cadet Corps was raised in the year 1948 with the motto “Unity & Discipline”.
Over the years, NCC has played a stellar role in the development of the youth of our nation. It is dedicated to the empowerment of the youth, especially girls and to motivate them to work towards nation-building.
The NCC is training the cadets with the aim of developing character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, the spirit of adventure, and the ideals of selfless service. It endeavors to provide an environment to motivate youth to take up a career in Armed Forces, create a human resource of organized, trained, and motivated youth, to provide leadership in all walks of life, and always be ready to serve the nation.
In Uttar Pradesh, around 1,50,000 cadets (including 33% girls) are currently being trained in NCC activities in about 1500 schools and colleges across the state. In addition to institutional training, the cadets participate in various adventure activities like Trekking, Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Mountaineering, Para-Sailing, Para jumping, and horse riding.
The NCC cadets also actively participate in various social service activities such as Adult Education, programmes on AIDS awareness, Cancer awareness campaigns, Pulse Polio Immunization Programme, Tree plantation, Blood donation, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Hygiene and Sanitation Awareness Programmes, etc.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, NCC cadets of Uttar Pradesh volunteered in large Numbers and actively assisted the civil administration. They undertook critical tasks including Traffic management, assistance to Police, queue management at Banks, ATMs, and markets, packing and distribution of food packets, preparation, and distribution of masks, and spreading of awareness about COVID-19.
This year as part of the Prime Minister’s special drive to expand NCC in border areas Uttar Pradesh has allotted 11,951 new vacancies in 134 institutions in border Tehsils.
Additionally, as part of a further expansion program, 11,691 vacancies have been allotted to Fully Self-Financed Institutions.
In the year 2020-21, 7 Cadets of UP Directorate have been selected as Defence Service Officers and 590 cadets were selected as soldiers in Armed Forces. On the occasion of NCC Day, 18 Cadets and employees were awarded DG NCC Commendation Card 2020. Addressing the gathering Mrs. Aradhana Shukla said that NCC emerged as an institution exhibiting patriotism. She complimented the commitment of the NCC in playing a positive and constructive role through its activities across the nation.