About the functioning of National Cadet Corps(NCC)
The NCC has its genesis in the "University Corps," which was created under the Indian Defence Act, 1917 with the object to make up the shortages of the Army. In 1920, when the Indian Territorial Act was passed, the "University Corps" was replaced by the University Training Corps (UTC). In 1942, the UTC was renamed as the University Officers' Training Corps (UOTC). The need to create a youth organisation at National level to train the yound boys and girls to be better citizens and future leaders of our country in all walks of life, including defence forces, was rightly realised by our leaders. A Committee under Pandit HN Kunzru was set up in 1946 at the behest of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
National Cadet Corps came into existence from 15-07-1948 under National Cadet Corps Act (No. XXXI of 1948) enmacted by Parliament.
AIMS OF NATIONAL CADET CORPS (NCC)
(A) To develop qualities of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and sportsmanship and the ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them useful citizens. (B) To create a human resource of organised, trained and motivated youth, to provide leadership in all walks of life, including the Armed Forces and be always available for the service of the nation.
SIGNIFICANCE OF NCC
Youth is the best time to acquire the power of self-control. We are living in a dynamic world characterised by rapid changes. Tesions, contrasts, contradictions, confusion as well as new opportunities are signs of it. Nowhere is this more startlingly evident than among the young people. The period of youth is a restless dynamic phase of life and its power needs to e harnessed for its own present good and for the ultimate benefit of society. We have to channellise the energy and dynamism of young men and women towards activities beneficial to them and to the society. In this context, the youth of India to-day needs to be directed towards constructive use of his/her leisure time, wholesome recreation, wide cultural sympathies, abiding social consciousness and alert mind. In all the above aspectsw, the N.C.C. renders a significant service to the nation.
The inter-service character of the N.C.C. is reflected in its flag. There are three colours in the flag, namely, Red, Navy Blue and Sky Blue, from left to right (when you are facing the flag). The Red colour is for the Army, Navy Blue for the Navy and Sky Blue for the Air Wing. In the centre of the flag is the circular floral wreath with the words 'N.C.C.' written in Golden Yellow colour. The same three colours are seen in the lanyard which the Associate NCC Officers (ANOs) wear around the left shoulder.