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One step aheadNCC Cadets and school children participate, during the full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations, at the Red Fort in New Delhi.Photo: S. Subramanium

Many schools and colleges have National Cadet Corps (NCC) wings. What do these cadets do and why was this initiative started? Read on…

It is always a matter of pride to wear the khaki uniform when in school, isn’t it? Being a part of your school NCC opens avenues for you to become more disciplined and develop comradeship. It also helps to develop a secular outlook apart from instilling in you the spirit of adventure . There can be no doubt that people trained in NCC grow up to become better leaders with an extraordinary sense of patriotism. Apart from these, NCC also helps in developing a sect of youth who understand the importance of selfless service to the country.

How it started

A cadet corps committee was formed in September 1946 which was headed by Pt HN Kunzru who sent out teams (sub-committees) across the length and breadth of pre-independent India to do an exhaustive study of the problems faced by youth. The teams submitted their feedback in May 1947 to the Government of India. The period after gaining independence was very turbulent for India, so much so that the Cadet corps scheme was put on hold.

The partition of India and its consequences helped the then leaders realise that training the youth was of paramount importance. Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister, Sardar Baldev Singh, the then Defence Minister and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Home Minister brought the Kunzuru committee Report to the discussion table. The report after being approved by the Defence committee was sent to the Chief Secretaries and Chief Commissioners of all Provincial Govts (now called State Govts) for their comments. By Jan 1948, all of them who matter agreed in principle to the report.

After all the procedures were completed, the bill was passed by the assembly on April 8, 1948 after which it was named as the National Cadet Corps. The Governor General’s assent for the bill paved the way for ‘The National Cadet Corps Act 1948’.

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. Gopal Gurunath Bewoor became the Director of NCC on May 31, 1948.

NCC of independent India was inaugurated on Jul 15, 1948. It is now the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world.


This teen is a budding environmentalist

Green initiative:Sanjna Rao is now working on a medicine collection and disposal drive.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Green initiative:Sanjna Rao is now working on a medicine collection and disposal drive.— Photo: K. Gopinathan


At 13, Sanjna Rao is already well-versed in methods of power conservation and segregation of medicine and medical wastes.

A student of Sishu Griha Montessori and High School, Thippasandra, Sanjna, along with a few classmates, found out an optimum plan to save power by reducing the brightness and contrast levels of computer monitors.

“It was a simple project that intrigued me. With a group of friends, I took up the awareness initiative. By reducing the contrast and brightness levels of computer screens by 20 to 30 per cent, we save considerable amount of energy and reduce carbon footprint. It also prevents eyestrain,” she said.

This power reduction module has been implemented by corporate companies such as Infosys and Mindtree.

Sanjna said, “It was a tiresome process of taking down power readings and averages till we found out the ideal setting for the monitor. This required me to stay up late and work on this project at a lightning speed. But, it was fun, challenging and interesting. Our power conservation project was selected from among 111 projects for the IRIS (Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science) National Fair, held in New Delhi last year. We also won the Broadcom Masters 2012 India Delegate Award. Our hard work and sacrifice paid off.”

Deep and mysterious

“Science is deep and mysterious. The relevance and applicability of science in our lives is what makes me deeply inclined,” said the young environmentalist who is now working on another interesting project.

“This year, along with my classmates, I’m working on medicine collection and disposal drive. Many people throw away medicines in the dustbin or flush them toilets. We collect medicines and other pharmaceutical products that have passed their expiration date and hand them over to hospitals where they can be disposed of without polluting the environment or water.”

Every time Sanjna is seen by her neighbours and friends, they are reminded not to throw away medicines.

“It is an honour to be noticed for the success of these projects. A few of my classmates are also motivated to work for a green cause,” she adds.

Sanjna credits her family and project guide for her success. “I don’t have a role model from whom I derive inspiration. As, I strongly believe in being one of the kind and have all my efforts for environment protection acknowledged and implemented,” she said.

“Academics are never affected by my projects and awareness initiatives. It’s not all work and no play. I spend time with my friends and enjoy watching comedy movies when I am free,” Sanjna said.



Rag-pickers keep railway station clean

A rag-picker collecting plastic wastes on the tracks of the railway station in Visakhapatnam on Monday.A selfless service seldom acknowledged has finally turned into a boon for the travellers at Vizag Railway Station. Thanks to rag-pickers, the railway station wears a cleaner and litter-free look. A group of men silently work on the tracks each time a train departs. Their job is to pick up all the leftover plastic wastes and water bottles that clog the tracks of the railway line.

Carrying a white sack on their shoulders, the men get to work from the early hours of the day, gathering every piece of plastic waste strewn around the station. These, they later sell to local dealers of acid wash who recycle and reuse the bottles. The process has left the railway station litter-free, giving a welcome relief to the scores of passengers who travel from the city. Vizag, being a popular tourist destination in the State, is visited by tourists from across the country. This initiative has paid off to ensure that station is plastic-free.

“We estimate around 1,200 rag-pickers to be present in and around the Vizag Railway Station area,” said P. Vasu of Association for Regional Tribal Development (Urban Wing).

Many of these rag-pickers live under the Ramamurthy Pantulupeta bridge and Sagar Nagar area and make a living by selling such wastes to scrap dealers.

Incidentally, the practice to engage rag-pickers to keep local railway stations clean is prevalent at some of the other stations such as New Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar.





A Person named Jagadeshwara Rao, who is running dry cleaning shop in city is affected by a failure in both kidneys and for transplantation of kidneys is costing Rs 8,00,000.00( eight lakh rupees only) as doctors said. He is having 2 kids and a wife.

One of His Nearest relative is ready to donate his Kidney, though this family is still struggling for “MONEY” which is necessary for medication and others, hence requesting all to help. Please contact: +91-934 631 3619.

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A girl “HARIKA’ by name with her friends “Aayush, Haarika, Ravi, and Rishi” started a society or a platform whatever you may say , in order to support the people who are suffering from the disease of “Cystic Fibrosis”. This is happend because of her own brother “Bharat” is suffering from the same said disease.


Cystic Fibrosis is a rare genetic disease. There many thousands of people in the United States with this condition. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( promotes awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, and raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis related research. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has an annual walk called “Great Strides”. Every year thousands of teams participate in these walks and raise funds to help support the on-going research for finding a cure for this disease. Not long ago, most people with Cystic Fibrosis did not live past their elementary school. Now, many Cystic Fibrosis patients are living normal lives and the median lifespan for people with Cystic Fibrosis is well into the forties.

The statistic that shows that most Cystic Fibrosis patients are in Europe and North America is quite misleading. Most of the Cystic Fibrosis cases are not even diagnosed in India and other countries. As a result, most of the patients with this disease die very young and the real cause would never be known. When we discussed some of the infant deaths in our relative’s families in India, we realized that many of those were never completely diagnosed and many of them had the exact symptoms of genetic diseases like Cystic Fibrosis.

Diseases like Cystic Fibrosis are rare. Even with all the support network and work done by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a vast majority of Americans would not know about this disease. One can imagine what kind of awareness exists in countries like India where this mostly not even diagnosed. Many young lives are lost in countries like India because of lack of awareness, testing, and treatment. When we look at Bharat, we realize how dramatic the improvement can be in the lives of cystic fibrosis patients when they are diagnosed and properly treated for Cystic Fibrosis. Early detection is always the key to a better life for cystic fibrosis patients. Fortunately many states in the U.S. now have legislation to screen all newborns for diseases like Cystic Fibrosis.

God blessed her as a Good painter, hence she decided to collect the money by selling her own drawings. so far she sold 3000 self-made greeting cards and collected Rs.400000-00 and donated the same to the foundation..


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