As many as 600 NCC cadets from five colleges and 10 schools in the district are part of the Combined Annual Training Camp conducted by the 2 Kerala Battalion NCC at the Government VHSS for the Deaf in Jagathy here.
The camp which commenced on Wednesday would be on till May 9.
Apart from the cadets, around 50 supporting staff of Army personnel, associate NCC officers and civilian staff are part of the camp which is aimed at imparting quality training to cadets in drill, weapon training, firing, map reading and other military subjects.
Officiating Group Commander of Trivandrum NCC Group and Commanding Officer, 2 Kerala Battalion NCC, Lt Col Simon P J urged the cadets to excel in all fields and uphold the NCC motto of unity and discipline. Additional Director General, NCC Directorate (K&L), Major General B Chakravarthy conveyed a message to the camp.
During the camp, competitions in quiz, elocution and cultural activities are organised to find potential cadets who will be later fielded for the Thal Sainik Camp and Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Firing practice will be given to selected cadets to field them in the All-India Mavlankar shooting competition.
Potential cadets would also be selected to represent the state in national integration camps outside the state. On successful completion of the camp, cadets would become eligible for appearing in A, B and C certificate examinations.
At the camp, motivational lectures on social awareness topics would be imparted to cadets.
They would undertake a tree plantation drive and blood donation camp.
On May 9, selected cadets would participate in a seminar-cum-workshop at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology to observe World Technology Day.
Major cultural programmes would be organised towards the conclusion of the camp.