Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and industrialist Anand Mahindra were on Thursday named in a 15-member committee set up by the Defense Ministry to conduct a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). The objective of this exercise of the ministry is to make NCC more relevant.
The committee, headed by former MP Baijayant Panda, includes Col (Retd) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Principal Economic Adviser in the Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal and Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar.
Vasudha Kamat, former Vice Chancellor of SNDT Women’s University, Mukul Kanitkar, National Organizing Secretary of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal, Major General (Retd) Alok Raj, Managing Director of SIS India Limited Rituraj Sinha and Databook CEO Anand Shah are also members of the committee.
Dhoni has been included in the committee just days after he was appointed as the ‘mentor’ for the T20 World Cup squad. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) in the Indian Army.
The Defense Ministry said that the committee has been constituted to undertake a comprehensive review of the NCC to make it more relevant in the changing times.
The ministry said that the committee will suggest measures that can empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards nation building and national development efforts in various fields.
Officials said that the committee would recommend best measures to make meaningful use of NCC cadets to improve the organization and involve similar youth organizations in NCC activities. The NCC was formed in 1948 under the National Cadet Corps Act. had gone.
The goal of NCC is to create organized, trained and nation-ready youth with leadership quality in all walks of life.