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Students share their ‘experience as an NCC Cadet’ 

During the 10-day annual NCC training camp, participants from ACFA learn powerful life skills like a never give up attitude, determination, willpower, and spirit of togetherness



When it comes to nurturing different life skills such as self-confidence, time management, social adaptability, self-discipline, and teamwork among individuals, the National Cadet Corps plays a crucial role in instilling the above-mentioned skills through various activities. The aim is to promote the overall personality development of an individual.

This is precisely what the students of Apeejay College of Fine Arts (ACFA), Jalandhar, who aspire to join the Indian Armed Forces in the future, learned during a 10-day NCC training camp. Three students including Digagna Kundal, Nisar Akhtargul and Aastha Anand participated in the annual Second Punjab Battalion NCC (National Cadet Corps) recently held at DAVIET (DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology)  College in Jalandhar.

Speaking about her unique experience, Aastha Anand, a third-year student at ACFA, said, “What inspired me to join NCC is it makes you learn unity and discipline, two of the most essential skills in life. During the camp, everyday we had to wake up at 3.30am and by 4am we had to reach the ground for the physical training session. That was followed by breakfast at 7 am. After that, we had to change into our NCC uniforms and go for our drill session. The drill session included marching, parade, etc.” 

She further added, “At 10 am, we had to reach for classroom lectures and military officers taught us various subjects like weapon training and handling, map reading, communication, to name a few. We religiously followed this routine for 10 days.”  The 19-year-old is in her second-year in NCC and she emphasises, “I aspire to join the armed forces in the future.”

Another NCC aspirant, Digagna Kundal highlighted how the 10-day training camp helped boost her confidence beyond expectation. “I am not the kind of person who speaks to everyone. But at the camp, I came across so many fellow aspirants and learned new things from them. It really helped me gain self-confidence and discipline. While I attended lectures by military officers on Character Building, Personality Development, Career Counseling, Leadership qualities, these helped me in increasing my willpower and I strongly developed the ‘never give up’ attitude.” 

Students attended the camp under the guidance of Dr. Neeraj Katyal, Incharge – NCC &
Head, Department of Physiotherapy.

“The training camp helped students enhance their overall personality as they stepped out of their comfort zones to participate in the NCC training camp. Besides adding to their holistic development, the camp inculcated confidence, discipline as well as several other essential skills in them which will help them throughout their life.”


Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay Newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.