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NATIONAL CADETS CORPS
ABOUT NCC
1. GENESIS

The Kashmir War of 1948 taught a very important lesson to India, that freedom needs to be protected by strong Armed Forces. Its immediate manifestation was that the recommendations of Kunzuru committee were placed before the Constituent Assembly (Legislature) on 13 Mar 1948. A draft Bill was sent to the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) on 19 Mar 1948, which evoked great interest and enthusiasm amongst all members. After due deliberations and amendments, the Bill was passed by the Assembly on 08 Apr 1948. The Central Govt accepted the opinion of the Provincial Govts and the Standing Committee’s recommendations for the formation of a Cadet Corps which was to be named as “National Cadet Corps”, as recommended by the Kunzuru Committee.

The Bill received the assent of the Governor General on 16 Apr 1948, and the National Cadet Corps came into being by an Act of the Parliament Act No. XXXI of 1948 designated ‘The National Cadet Corps Act 1948’. This Act with 13 clauses, prescribed the formation of the National Cadet Corps in India.

The first step in the process of raising of the NCC was setting up of the NCC Secretariat now called Headquarters Directorate General NCC. In fact, even before the NCC Bill was passed by the Constituent Assembly (Legislative), the Ministry of Defence had set up the nucleus of the NCC Secretariat, with Col (later retired as Chief of Army Staff) Gopal Gurunath Bewoor as the first Director of the NCC. He took over as the Director of NCC on 31 Mar 1948.

The schools and colleges opened after summer vacation and the NCC of Independent India was inaugurated on 15 Jul 1948. The journey of this Indian youth organisation, which has now become the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world had begun.

The affiliated colleges and the University Departments conduct a good number of conventional and emerging multidisciplinary programmes. Some of the affiliated colleges have been permitted to impart Post Graduate teaching. It is really encouraging to put on record that the University has kept abreast of the proliferation of new domains of knowledge introducing world class research oriented post graduate programmes in Data Science, Cyber forensic, Computer Technology and Applications, Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Power System and Energy Technology in its campus.

We are prepared and firmly committed to excel MP in technical education and research and are fully aware of the challenges of the future knowledge age. In this century of mind we have a highly important role to play to strengthen the nations knowledge economy and empower the inspired youth who join engineering education and research with the power of knowledge, creativity and the capabilities created there of. Further it is important that we capitalize on the rich talent pool which RGPV possesses in plenty, maximise the output of the capable, creative and highly educated faculty while at the same time leverage advantage ICT and advantage connectivity and networking to transform RGPV as a establishment of world class knowledge university. University has placed high end industry relevant research activities high on its academic agenda. The University has already associated itself with prestigious international universities like University of Houston, Texas, USA, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok and Osmania University Hyderabad National Law University Institute, Bhopal to exchange researchers and teachers of these universities. The university has also entered into MOUs for Corporate Schools in collaboration with multinational companies like EMC & IBM in order to improve employability of the students. These companies are benchmark in their for providing regular training to the faculty and students on cutting edge technologies to strengthen our quest for quality human resource development.. To provide world class knowledge infrastructure the University has setup Centre of Excellence in Information Technology, Green Energy Technology and Drug Discovery and Design to cater to the need of researchers and all student fraternity of RGPV. In our quest to strengthen our knowledge infrastructure we have strengthened digital library and creating synchronous class rooms cum studios at RGPV. It is a matter of high satisfaction that UG students and faculty in our affiliated institutions are also making their mark at national level innovative product design competitions.

2. Aim

The ‘Aims’ of the NCC laid out in 1988 have stood the test of time and continue to meet the requirements expected of it in the current socio–economic scenario of the country. The NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens. Further, it aims at creating a pool of organized, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life, who will serve the Nation regardless of which career they choose. Needless to say, the NCC also provides an environment conducive to motivating young Indians to join the armed forces.

3. Motto of NCC

The need for having motto for the Corps was discussed in the 11th Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting held on 11 Aug 1978. The mottos suggested were "Duty and Discipline"; "Duty, Unity and Discipline"; "Duty and Unity"; "Unity and Discipline". The final decision for selection of "Unity and Discipline" as motto for the NCC was taken in the 12th CAC meeting held on 12 Oct 1980.

4. CORE VALUES

The NCC is a responsive, learning and continuously evolving organization. Its activity is guided by certain Core Values that we endeavour to instill among all ranks of the NCC. These include the following:

  • A sense of patriotic commitment to encourage cadets to contribute to national development.
  • Respect for diversities in religion, language, culture, ethnicity, life style and habitat to instill a sense of National unity and social cohesion.
  • Abiding commitment to learn and adhere to the norms and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
  • Understanding the value of a just and impartial exercise of authority.
  • Ability to participate in community development and other social programme.
  • A healthy life style free of substance abuse and other unhealthy practices.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of poor and socially disadvantaged fellow citizens.
  • Inculcating habits of restraint and self-awareness.
  • Understanding the values of honesty, truthfulness, self-sacrifice, perseverance and hard work.
  • Respect for knowledge, wisdom and the power of ideas.

5. Pledge

WE THE CADET OF THE NATIONAL CADET CORPS, DO SOLOEMNLY PLEDGE THAT WE SHALL ALWAYS UPHOLD THE UNITY OF INDIA. WE RESOLVE TO BE DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN OF OUR NATION. WE SHALL UNDERTAKE POSITIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE IN THE SPIRIT OF SELFLESSNESS AND CONCERN FOR OUR FELLOW BEINGS.

6. NCC Flag

The NCC flag for various units of the NCC was first introduced in 1951. The flag was of same pattern, colour and size as was used by various regiments of the Army. The only difference was that it had the NCC badge and unit designation placed in the centre. Later on it was felt that the flag should be in keeping with the inter-service character of the Corps. In 1954 the existing tricolour flag was introduced. The three colours in the flag depict the three services of the Corps, red for the Army, deep blue for the Navy and light blue for the Air Force. The letters NCC and the NCC crest in gold in the middle of the flag encircled by a wreath of lotus, give the flag a colourful look and a distinct identity.

7. NCC SONG

A. HISTORY OF NCC SONG
The desirability of composing a NCC song was considered in the Circle Commanders (now called DDGs) Conference held in January 1956 and all circles were asked to send their proposals. The official song of the NCC – “Kadam Mila Ke Chal” was adopted in 1963, and registered in 1969 with the approval of the Ministry of Defence. In 1974, it was felt that the NCC song had failed to catch the imagination of the youth, and there was a need for a change. A sustained process began; entries were invited from Directorates for suitable lyrics; 107 entries were received; of which eight were selected by a Board of Officers. However, all the eight were considered sub standard by Dr Nagendra of Delhi University, who was the judge. On the suggestion of Dr Nagendra, the task was entrusted to Shri Chiranjit, the Chief Producer, Drama Division, AIR, Delhi.

The song written by Shri Chiranjit was approved, in 1976. The Maharashtra Directorate was asked to get the song composed and recorded with the help of Shri Raj Kapoor, and the Films Division, Bombay. However, nothing much came out of this exercise as Shri Raj Kapoor was then busy in making his film “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” and the studios of the Films Division were under renovation. Later, Shri Mahinder Singh Bedi, a well known poet of Delhi, was requested to write another song. This effort also proved infructuous. AEC Centre Pachmarhi was also approached, but somehow the matter could not be finalized.

Almost during the same period and independent of efforts at Directorate General NCC, the Film Division undertook production of a documentary on NCC ‘A Cadet’ s Diary’. The Director of the documentary was looking for a suitable song for the film. He happened to hear the song – ‘Ham Sab Hindi Hain’ which appears to have been first sung at a Youth Festival at Chandigarh, sometime during 1968-69, and introduced it in the documentary film.
The song was a hit and successive Director Generals (DGs) found it good and played it repeatedly in Republic Day camps. In 1980, the word ‘Hindi’ was substituted with ‘Bhartiya’.
Come ASIAD (1982), and the NCC got the opportunity to display its potential in the opening ceremony. The Special Organising Committee approved trial recording of the song for recital during the Asian Games Festival. The song was finally recorded in its present form, sometime during Oct 1982, at the Western Outdoor Studio, Delhi with the help of AIR artists, and musicians under overall supervision of Pandit Vijai Raghavan Rao.
Post ASIAD era in the NCC saw among other events, a well composed musical hit and an inspiring NCC song being played and sung alongwith recorded music; a 16 mm colour film had also been made with title ‘Hum Sab Bhartiya Hain’ of 7½ minutes duration. This film had been telecast twice on national hook up. Other films, ‘Unity and Discipline’; ‘A Cadet’ s Diary, had also used this song prominently. The writer of this song seems to have been lost in oblivion. “No body knows” – said Shri SK Sharma, Joint Director, Armed Forces Film and Photo Division, who was actively involved with the production of documentaries on the NCC. “This song was not written for the NCC, as such, writes Shri Mathur, ex-publicity officer, DGNCC, in his notings on the file. But nobody has claimed it so far. Another noting speaks of Sri Virender Sharma as the lyrics writer, and Sri Vijai Raghavan Rao as the music composer.
This NCC song is liked by millions of cadets, both past and present, and is sung on all important occasions of the NCC.

B. NCC SONG LYRICS

  1. Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain, Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain
  2. Apni Manzil Ek Hai,
  3. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ek Hai,
  4. Ho, Ho, Ho, Ek Hai.
  5. Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain.
  6. Kashmir Ki Dharti Rani Hai,
  7. Sartaj Himalaya Hai,
  8. Saadiyon Se Humne Isko Apne Khoon Se Pala Hai
  9. Desh Ki Raksha Ki Khatir Hum Shamshir Utha Lenge,
  10. Hum Shamshir Utha Lenge.
  11. Bikhre Bikhre Taare Hain Hum Lekin Jhilmil Ek Hai,
  12. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ek Hai
  13. Hum Sab Bharatiya Hai.
  14. Mandir Gurudwaare Bhi Hain Yahan
  15. Aur Masjid Bhi Hai Yahan
  16. Girija Ka Hai Ghariyaal Kahin
  17. Mullah ki Kahin Hai Ajaan
  18. Ek Hee Apna Ram Hain, Ek hi Allah Taala Hai,
  19. Ek Hee Allah Taala Hain, Raang Birange Deepak Hain Hum,
  20. lekin Jagmag Ek Hai, Ha Ha Ha Ek Hai, Ho Ho Ho Ek Hai.
  21. Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain, Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain.