The NCC Republic Day (RD) Camp 2017 began at the NCC Camp, Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt on January 1 this year.
Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, VSM and Bar, Director General National Cadet Corps addressed the cadets and officials on the occasion and called upon all to derive a deep sense of purpose from each activity in the camp which is unique with no parallel.
2068 Cadets including 696 girl cadets drawn from 17 NCC Directorates, covering all the States and Union Territories of the country are participating in this Camp.
This also includes 102 cadets from J&K and 162 cadets from North Eastern Region (NER). The cadets are selected through a tough selection process. The cadets attending the camp follow an intense schedule over one month while participating in a number of activities like cultural, national integration awareness programme and institutional training competitions.
The camp will be visited by a large number of civilian dignitaries including the Vice President of India, Raksha Mantri, Raksha Rajya Mantri and the Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
The aim of the Republic Day Camp is to enhance the self confidence of cadets, deepen their value systems and provide an exposure to the rich culture and traditions of our nation and the important events that take place in the national Capital during the run up for Republic Day.
Projection of cherished ideals and capabilities of the cadets of the NCC is intrinsic. The camp portrays a reflection of ‘Mini India’.
While speaking to the media, the Director General highlighted the major achievements of the NCC in Youth and Nation Building, Social Awareness Campaigns, Community Development, Environment Protection, Sports and Adventure.
The conduct of NCC National Games in Oct 2016 has added another feather in the cap of this premier youth organization of the nation.
Lt Gen Vashisht also mentioned that the Training Philosophy of the Cadets had been refined to accommodate the changing aspirations of our youth and expectations of the society.