April 20, 2013, 12:00 am
To motivate young students to join the armed forces by instilling nationalism and inculcating defense services work ethos, CBSE has decided to offer National Cadet Corps (NCC) as an optional elective subject in class XI and XII from the next academic year. The pilot project will be launched in few schools in the country.
Emphasising that NCC provides a platform for individual upliftment through the process of channelizing the energy of the youth in constructive pursuits, CBSE in a letter to schools have said: "To further the dynamism of learning, CBSE has decided to focus on instilling nationalism, patriotism, spirit de corps by offering NCC as an optional elective subject at Class XI-XII levels as it is also mentioned in the National Curriculum Framework 2005."
The objective of this elective is to expose the young dynamic youth towards serving the nation by adopting various learning’s from the stream of NCC. "This would help to inculcate a defense services work ethos which is characterized by diligence, perseverance, dedication, a regimented way of life and above all resilience and humility," the letter states.
The major objectives of the elective are to help students develop character, comradeship, discipline, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and the idea of selfless service. Besides creating a human resource of organized, trained and motivated youth, the elective would provide a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in the armed forces.
NCC can be opted by any student as an elective subject at senior secondary stage in combination with any of the subjects that are already available in the scheme of studies of the Board. This elective at the senior secondary level will also have outdoor activities.
"We have asked the senior secondary schools offering NCC and desirous to introduce this new elective from the academic session 2013-14 in classes XI-XII to apply. As the elective is being introduced on the pilot basis, only a few of the selected schools will be included in this pilot on first come first serve basis", added a CBSE official.
The NCC training curriculum will include not just institutional training, but also attending training camps to get practical outdoor training, going for adventure training wherein NCC students will undergo various adventure activities such trekking, mountaineering and sailing expeditions. Cadets will get chances to interact with regular army, navy and air force units and attachment camps will be conducted to ’motivate cadets to join the Armed Forces’. They will also have to undertake various social service activities.