First-ever NCC Girls Everest Expedition flagged off

Mar 10, 2016 12:00 IST

The Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on 9 March 2016 flagged off the first-ever all girls National Cadet Corps (NCC) Mount Everest expedition.

The aim of mountaineering expeditions in NCC is to strengthen the character and instill qualities of courage, comradeship, discipline and leadership in the cadets. NCC has always been in the forefront in adventure activities.

The all girls team comprising of 10 girl cadets and 15 service personnel will be led by Colonel Gaurav Karki.
The plan of conducting the first-ever NCC Girls Expedition to Mt Everest was proposed by Director General NCC Lt. Gen. A. Chakravarty in 2014.

Background

The first mountaineering course for NCC Cadets was conducted for 42 days at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling in 1961. Every year, NCC sponsors 354 boy and girl cadets for basic mountaineering courses at HMI, Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi, ABVIMAS Manali and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM & WS), Pahalgam.

Mountaineering Expedition as an adventure activity was introduced in NCC in the year 1970. Since then, NCC conducts two mountaineering expeditions every year, one each for boy and girl cadets thus having launched more than 70 expeditions to various peaks.

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