No 1 (Bengal) Air Sqn NCC, Kolkata, commanded by Wg Cdr Rajesh Sharma just concluded its annual training camp on 14 October 2018. The main objective of the camp was to provide training to senior wing cadets of different schools & colleges, to prepare them to compete at All India Vayu Sena Camp scheduled to be held at Jodhpur from 24 Oct to 04 Nov 2018. In addition, about eleven schools students who are enrolled under the unit, who were the part of the annual training camp where training to achieve the following aim is provided.
- Character Building
- Secular out look
- Spirit of Adventure
- Ideals of selfless service among youth of the country
The main aim behind providing the training is to develop a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in defence forces. There were two camps, starting 25 Sep 18 to 04 Oct 18 and from 05 Oct 18 to 14 Oct 18, both of 10 days duration each. Both were conducted at Marine Engineering & Research Institute , Indian Maritime University complex, Taratala, Kolkata.
This institute provided all infrastructure facilities to groom the overall personality of the cadets, be it swimming pool, sports facilities like football, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball and Gym. These are similar facilities allowed to the cadets of defence forces when they go for training at Air Force Academy, Dundigal at Hyderabad and Indian Military Academy , Dehradun. Overall camp provided an ideal platform to get motivated to join defence services as officer.
Various training activities were undertaken at the camp ea Drill, Shooting (Skeet & .22 both), tent pitching Line area, special training required before commencement of flying, aero modelling (nearly 20% cadets who attended the camp, participated in working the check glider). All senior cadets were provided flying experience in Virus SW80 microlite at Behala Flying Club, few junior cadets from every institution were also provided with air experience which they thoroughly enjoyed.
It is important to mention here that most of the cadets who volunteer to join NCC are from lower or middle class families, hence they achieved few milestone and their dream come true when they took to air.