NCC OTA, Kamptee celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Nagpur: NCC OTA, Kamptee is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year. On this occasion, Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, AVSM, VSM, Director General NCC released a first day cover at Tagore Hall, NCC OTA, Kamptee issued by APS Directorate in the presence of Maj Gen N S Rao, Commandant NCC OTA, Kamptee.

The function was attended by former commandants Maj General (Retd) A H Gadre, VSM and Brig (Retd) MV Khanzode. Colonel Manish Sinha, VSM and Staff officers of OTA Col Nihar Kunwar, Colonel Manohar Ram, Commandant APS Centre, HQ Dte representative, Group Captain VS Rana, Group Commander, Gp HQ NCC Nagpur and Wing Commander Samir S Gangakhedkar, PRO Defence Nagpur, Instructors staff, families, trainee Associate NCC Officers attended the function.

Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht appreciated the role of NCC OTA towards training of the ANOs and Instructors of NCC from the all the three services of armed forces. He described NCC OTA as the fountainhead of the training of NCC cadets all over the country. Lt Gen Vashisht intimated the gathering that NCC has reached six hundred and eighty three districts out of six hundred eighty eight districts of the country. The three districts of Chhattisgarh, one of Arunachal Pradesh and one of Meghalaya, which are having difficult access, terrain wise, or are affected by unconducive environment, will also have the presence of NCC in some form by the next year. While lauding the efforts of NCC cadets in the field of adventure, community development initiatives such as Swachh Bharat and National Yoga Day and reacting to unexpected situations like oil spill at Tamilnadu coast, he was full of praise for the eleven women NCC cadets reaching on the top of the Mount Everest together. This is also recorded in Limca Books of Records as an unprecedented achievement by women. He expressed satisfaction over the syllabus of NCC and affirmed that necessary small changes will be made to keep the syllabus simple and focused.

Expecting the sixteen thousand and eight hundred institutions to put their best efforts in NCC activities along within involvement of the ANOs, Lt Gen Vashisht said that in case any institution is found wanting in their efforts, their NCC units may be allotted to among the eight thousand three hundred wait listed institutions. He gave the credit of success of NCC, OTA to the previous Commandants, institutions and trainees who contributed immensely and tirelessly towards this task.

At the outset, Maj Gen NS Rao, Commandant NCC OTA, Kamptee elaborated the history and role of NCC OTA over the years. He elucidated the various landmarks and glorious achievements of the unique institutions which “train the trainers”.