In a path breaking event, the University of Kashmir on 1 June 2021 issued notification to introduce “NCC as a General Elective Credit Course under the Choice Based Credit System” based on Guidelines issued by University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Issue of notification was a result of joint efforts put in by Brigadier Kapil Sood, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarter, Srinagar and Col P Bhowmik, Commanding Officer, 1 J&K Girls Battalion NCC, Srinagar under overall guidance of Maj Gen Ranjan Mahajan, SM, Additional Director General, NCC JK&L Directorate, Dr Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir and Dean Academics, Prof Shabir Ahmad Bhat.
This notification is a great news for 1860 NCC Cadets of 24 Colleges under University of Kashmir who apart from Nation building will also be benefitted with NCC as an Elective Course. In future it will also greatly impact students of various colleges under the University of Kashmir who opt for NCC.
NCC as a Credit Course is designed with an intent to transform NCC training into a curricular activity from an extra – curricular activity, thereby providing academic credits to students undergoing NCC Training. Syllabus of NCC adopted by University of Kashmir for Senior Division will be covered in 300 periods over three over three year duration plus two camps of 10 days each.
NCC Dte JK&L is also in touch with other Universities in the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Regions to introduce this scheme to benefit the youths of three regions.
Maj Gen Ranjan Mahajan, SM, Additional Director General, NCC Directorate JK&L has expressed his gratitude to Dr Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir and Dean Academics, Prof Shabir Ahmad Bhat and is also looking forward for similar positive response from other universities of UTs of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Mumbai University Likely to Follow Suit
Maj Gen Y P Khanduri, ADG NCC Maharashtra met Prof Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University on 5 June 2021 to discuss the modalities of implementing 'NCC Studies' by all colleges having NCC units as an optional subject facilitating credits to NCC cadets in the degree college.
During the meeting, the members further explored the next phase of incorporating 'NCC studies' as a General Elective that could be opted by the students thereby bettering their career prospects to join the Armed & paramilitary forces.
This was the third in the series of meetings by Maj Gen Y P Khanduri in facilitating implementation of NCC as an elective subject, with earlier meetings with Shri Sunil Kedar, the Youth Affairs Minister in Govt of Maharashtra and Shri BS Koshiyari, the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra who is also the Chancellor of the Universities of Maharashtra. This will enable 66 colleges to adopt NCC as an elective subject.