Higher schooling in a single of essentially the most literate state is all set to bear a big-scale revamp.
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What has introduced cheer to the cadets and officers of the National Cadet Corps is that in all probability NCC will quickly be built-in into the upper schooling curriculum.
The Directorate General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), New Delhi, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) has written a letter to vice-chancellors of all universities on April 15, for the introduction of NCC as a General Elective Credit Course (GECC).
As and when applied, NCC will change into a component of the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) envisioned within the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
It will allow college students enrolled as NCC cadets to obtain tutorial credit for NCC coaching and avail employment incentives supplied underneath numerous central and state authorities schemes.
Today, NCC is the most important uniformed youth volunteer group within the nation with woman cadets accounting for one third of the full power.
Speaking to IANS Additional Director General (ADG), Kerala Directorate NCC, Major General M.S.Gill mentioned that in Kerala the transfer on this route has begun and so they have written to all of the vice-chancellors in Kerala.
“By now just a few Universities in Jammu and Orissa have already performed this and different states have ready the street map for this.
“Meanwhile the All India Council of Technical Education has additionally determined to take up the mixing with engineering faculties additionally. We have requested all our Commanding Officers within the state to take up this subject with respective faculties as nicely.
“The condition of introducing NCC into the college curriculum is that the College should have an NCC unit,” mentioned Gill.
Had it not been for the Covid and the lockdowns, the NCC elective subject would have been taken up a lot earlier and it may nicely be a matter of months earlier than this turns into a actuality.
Brigadier Sunil Kumar NV, Kottayam NCC Group Commander, mentioned that introduction of the NCC curriculum as an elective topic may also accrue numerous oblique benefits.
He has taken it up with the Mahatma Gandhi University vice-chancellor who has mentioned it must be authorised by the University syndicate and senate.
“We are ready for the approval from the Universities. The greatest incentive for the youth, nonetheless, is the pleasure that stems from carrying a uniform. In the state, there are 5 Groups situated at Ernakulam, Kottayam, Trivandrum, Calicut and Kollam.
“Despite the comparatively smaller jurisdictional space it boasts of a complete cadet power of round 83,000, which compares favourably with different Directorates.
“An interesting thing is that, with 43 per cent girl-cadets, Kerala has the distinction of having the highest representation of girl cadets in the entire country,” mentioned Sunil Kumar.
Cadet Godbi S. Babu a scholar on the Mar Thoma College at Thiruvalla mentioned he would like to go for NCC as an elective as half of the brand new NEP 2020, as it offers extra choices of topics and in addition it lets him fulfil his want to hitch as an officer within the Army.
Cadet Manacy Mariya Isaac, of Alphonsa College, Pala in Kottayam mentioned NCC as an elective topic is a superb development in the direction of a talent-oriented tomorrow.
“Awarding credit points will enhance cadet’s progress and qualify them for their respective courses. This will open doors for many and contribute immensely towards a brighter future,” mentioned Manacy Mariya Isaac.
Going a step additional, Associate NCC officer Regi Joseph, who has change into well-known for his nice humanitarian service up to now 45 days by serving to out Covid sufferers in Idukki, mentioned he would bat for NCC to be made obligatory topic within the college — as the younger minds will be educated in the appropriate method.
“With the NCC portfolio now coming under R.Bindhu, who is also the State Higher Education Minister, who recently quit her job as the acting principal of a prestigious college and also has been a syndicate member in Universities — now with Vijayan giving the green signal for a revamp — it is certain it won’t take Kerala long to implement this novel programme,” mentioned Joseph.