National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organisation comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth – ‘The Leaders of Tomorrow’ – into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The genesis of the NCC can be traced back to the First World War when the Britishers created the University Corps as the second line of defense and to have a large pool of trained youth available for employment into the Armed Forces.
After independence the present day NCC under the Ministry of Defence came into existence on 16 Apr 1948 through NCC act XXXI, 1948. NCC was formally inaugurated on 15 Jul 1948 as soon as the schools and colleges reopened after summer vacation. The Girls Division of the NCC was started in Jul 1949. In 1950 Air Wing was added on 01 Apr with one Air squadron each at Bombay and Kolkata. The Naval Wing of the NCC was raised in Jul 1952, thus completing the true representation of all services in the Corps. Presently, NCC has approximately 13 Lakhs Cadets under its fold.
NCC DIRECTORATE MAHARASHTRA
NCC Directorate Maharashtra was raised as the No 1 Circle NCC on 25 Oct 1949. The designation was later changed to No 1 Circle Mumbai. In the year 1962 it was upgraded to NCC Directorate Maharashtra. The Directorate has seven group HQ and provides NCC coverage to all the districts of Maharashtra State. Presently there are 60 NCC units, which provide coverage to a total of 16 universities, 615 colleges and 815 schools. The total enrolled strength of the cadets in the Directorate is approximately one lacs. College unit is started in 1972.