A tri-service organization, NCC (National Cadet Corps) is the military cadet corps wing of the Indian Armed Forces. The organization came into being few months after the 1st Independence Day with the National Cadet Corps Act of 1948. Since then, the corps has made India proud on countless occasions and served the country in numerous ways. Here, we list out a selection of the some of the most amazing facts about the corps that we think our readers would find interesting.
1. NCC today has around 13 Lakh cadets in the country; it had started with just 20,000 in 1948.
6. During the trying times of 1963 and beyond, NCC training was made compulsory to meet the requirements of the nation.
Few years later in 1968, National Cade Corps once again become a voluntary organization. Seen in the image below are cadets suspended from an Indian Army helicopter display their skills at an NCC rally in New Delhi.
10. The current NCC song was written by Sudarshan Faakir.
Earlier, the NCC song was “Kadam mila ke chal.” Now, the official song is “ham sabh bharatiya hain,” meaning “we are all Indians.” And it was adopted in 1982. Sudarshan Faakir was the first lyrist to have won a Filmfare award for the very first song he penned down. Some of his famous songs that you may be familiar with include “Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti,” and “Hey Ram… Hey Ram.”
11. The motto of the organization is ‘UNITY AND DISCIPLINE’ – ‘Ekta aur Anushasan’.
The motto was first adopted in 1957. The organization strives to serve as a powerful cohesive force that brings together youngsters from across the country and molds them into exemplary citizens.