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KOHIMA, Jan 14 (NEPS): Maj Gen Atanu K Pattanaik, Chief of Staff 3 Corps appreciated the NNC Cadets for showcasing their talents and putting up a high standard cultural program. He was speaking while presiding over the valedictory function of National Level Special Integration Camp held at Patpai Christian College on Saturday.
The General Officer, while narrating about his own experience as NCC cadet, said the present day NCC activities progressed in manifold ways in the age of Social Media where one could express their views and opinions. He recalled of his own flying experience, visits and assignments to foreign countries and further explained to the cadets about the opportunities the Armed forces provided today.
Maj Gen Pattanaik also called upon today’s youth to work in unity for the betterment and progress of the country. Reiterating that every individual must hone their professional skills and contribute towards the welfare of their society, he said their country was fortunate to have large youth force and had a lot of expectations from them. He asked the cadets to continue to work hard with commitment and dedication which was very important facet for the progress in every individual life to remain responsible citizens of the country.
The General Officer also advised cadets to remember their mother tongue, traditions, culture, roots and yearn for development and progress. He lamented that Indian colleges and universities produced graduates along with placement which they needed to adopt skill development. Stating that there are eight Universities in North East and lakhs of graduates but with no Jobs, he told cadets to work hard and refrain from self-centered agenda. He quoted examples of freedom fighters from North East Region who fought against the British selflessly. “Be the giver, if the achiever is not a giver than he is an exploiter,” he added. Rich American has given back everything they own to the nation. Stating that every pillar and every room if strong will make a building strong, he called upon the cadets to make India a strong, progressive and prosperous country by being strong pillars.
Earlier, an all-girls contingent from 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion, Kohima Group gave an impressive guard of honor with General Salute. The Cadets from 16 Directorates consisting of all states and union territories presented Patriotic songs, folk songs and dances depicting their states. The cultural program culminated at with “Vande Mataram” and a fusion dance by NCC Cadets from Kohima Group. It was a representation of a colorful mini India in all its glory – unity and diversity.