The University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued a notification directing all universities about offering it as a subject in 2016 although NCC as an elective subject was first proposed in 2013 by the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry.
From the NCC point of view, offering NCC as an elective subject is seen as opportunity to woo students into its fold without them losing too many hours to attend to NCC classes.
In its official syllabus, the NCC will have a common service subject and specific subjects for the Army, Navy and Air Force for teaching and will be taken as a regular subject rather than an extra-curriculum by the educational institutions.
An NCC officer, who wished not to be named, said the state government is taking time to initiate this seeking legal opinion and other experts opinions on the matter.
Making NCC as an elective subject is expected to attract more students to join the organisation without worrying much about their academics, he said.
At present there are about 13.8 lakh cadets in the country and about 89,000 of them are enrolled in the entire North East region alone.
With regards to the Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) the NCC used to have previously with Canada and other western countries, Lt Gen Vashish said the NCC is conducting YEP programmes with 11 countries including its neighbour countries and from those in Central Asia and Russia.
“Our national interests do not lie in Canada but in the Regional neighbourhood. We are having YEP programme with 11 countries now but in proximity to Central Asia, South East Asia and Russia,” he said.
He said countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore and Vietnam are some of the countries the NCC are having the YEP with.
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