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Compulsory NCC training for students mooted

TIRUPATI, DEC. 4. Reacting to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's wish, the Ministry of Defence is examining the possibility of making NCC training compulsory for students of schools, colleges and universities for two years.

"Given that the number of cadets is 13 lakhs, which is only 3.8 per cent of the total student strength in the country, we are planning to improve the same," said Mohan C. Bhandari, Director-General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), New Delhi.

Addressing the media here on Saturday, Lt.Gen. Bhandari, however, saw the limitations in budget, weaponry, infrastructure and service personnel available to train cadets as hurdles.The General said that the budget available for the NCC was Rs.305 crores from the Centre, Rs.350 crores from States and a substantial sum mobilised by the 16 directorates towards training.

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