Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dhoni, Sania to campaign for NCC's promotion

Cricketer Mahender Singh Dhoni and tennis sensation Sania Mirza will soon be seen promoting National Cadet Corps in the country.

"The NCC is looking out for role models like Dhoni and Sania to promote the organisation," NCC Additional Director General Maj Gen R K Karwal told reporters on the sidelines of naval NCC cadets training camp at Sukhna lake here.

"Talks are in process with the two sportspersons and the NCC is hopeful to get favourable response from them soon," he said.

He said the NCC would increase its strength from present 13 lakh cadets to 15 lakhs in the next five years.

"The NCC is contemplating to further increase the strength of its cadets to 20 lakhs," he said adding that at present the directorates with shortfall in cadet strength were being examined.

The NCC was also in touch with the authorities to increase the subscribed seats of "C" certificate holders in institutions like Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA).

"The Government had sanctioned to increase the subscribed seats of NCC cadets from 64 to 80 in IMA and from 100 to 120 in OTA," he said.

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