The Mangalore University will soon include the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in its curriculum as an optional subject for degree level courses. The academic council of the university approved the proposal on Friday.
The move will allow students doing BA, B. Sc and B. Com to go for NCC as an optional subject along with two other subjects. Up till now, students joined NCC units of their own accord in their colleges.
Earlier, the commander of NCC group headquarters sent a letter, dated 14 November 2012, to the University with a proposal to introduce NCC as an optional subject.
The syllabus for the subject has been framed on 06 September by a seven-member committee chaired by the dean of Science and Technology Department, MU. The committee also specified the minimum qualification required for teachers who would teach the subject, revealed vice-chancellor TC Shivashankara Murthy.
A regular commissioned service officer with a master's degree from a recognized university in defence and strategic studies or defence management studies, or a regular commissioned service officer with a master's degree from the Indian National Defence University, will be eligible to teach the subject. Besides, faculty who work as NCC officers in colleges can also teach the subject.
It is not mandatory that colleges offering NCC as an optional subject have to have an NCC unit in their premises.
The purpose of offering NCC as an optional subject is to inculcate discipline in students, said the VC.