Cultural extravaganza marks NCC Day celebration
Kohima, Nov. 24 (EMN): A cultural and musical extravaganza marked the culmination of the various activities of social and ecological relevance carried out by Nagaland Chapter of NCC throughout the state to commemorate the 71st NCC Day. The grand finale of NCC Day celebrations was organised by NCC Group, Kohima, at Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, on Sunday.
NCC cadets from different colleges in Kohima presented songs and dances to mark the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Maj. Gen. PC Nair, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North), reminded the NCC cadets to inculcate discipline as part of their duty and become better and responsible citizens of the country. Stressing on ‘discipline’ as the second virtue of NCC after ‘security,’ Nair asked the contingents to inculcate the quality of discipline in them even if they find careers in uniformed service or other services.
He informed that out of 30,000 NCC cadets in the entire Northeast states, Nagaland has the strength of more than 5,000 cadets comprising of both boys and girl who are from diverse parts of the state.
“You should stand together, be united and show the strength of unity,” Major Nair appealed to the cadets. The officer, who had been a cadet for seven to eight years in his schooling days, also encouraged the junior cadets to attend NCC camps.
Further, Nair lauded the participants who performed different presentations in a grand manner on the occasion. He also gave away awards for exemplary performance to NCC cadets.
In Dimapur, a painting competition was held at Eastern Christian College on the theme ‘Role of NCC in nation building,’ where a large number of cadets of NCC from Patkai Christian College, Government Higher Secondary School Purana Bazaar, Christian Memorial Higher Secondary School, and Pilgrim Higher Secondary School have participated.
Prizes were given to winners by Wing Commander Ganesh Sawant, CO 1 Nagaland Air Squadron NCC.
In other parts of the state, myriad activities were also organised by NCC units to mark the occasion in which about 2500 cadets participated along with NCC officers and staff. The activities included visit to orphanages, tree plantations, Know your army displays, debate competitions, flag hoisting ceremonies and felicitation of outstanding cadets.
NCC in Nagaland has been at the forefront of motivating the youth an ideals of ‘selfless service to the nation’ with ‘unity in diversity’ and ‘discipline with diligence.’
Every year, last Sunday of November is commemorated as NCC Day. In the past few days preceding November 24 , Nagaland chapter of NCC carried out number of activities of social and ecological relevance.
In a run-up to the celebration, NCC Group headquarters, Kohima, organised a blood donation camp on November 22 in which 35 NCC cadets, ANOs of 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion and 24 Nagaland Company NCO and officers lead by Colonel Prashant Pachauri, Officiating Group Commander, donated blood to Blood Bank at Naga Hospital, Kohima.
On the same day, 40 cadets along with Col. Daniel, officer commanding 24 Nagaland Coy and Lt. Col. Shaju TJ, training officer, visited Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home, where they interacted with the underprivileged children. Cadets have donated grocery items to the children.
A mega mock drill was carried out by 50 cadets at Tuensang, Zunheboto and Mokochung districts coordinated by 25 Nagaland (Independent) Company NCC.
On November 23, ‘run for health’ rally was organised at Kohima in which 210 NCC cadets with four officers and 37 staff participated in the run which started from Kohima War Cemetery from 5:30 am and culminated at Khuochiezhie local ground, Kohima, covering a distance of about 3 km. The run was flagged-off by Megolhou Dolie, joint director of Youth Resources and Sports.