Gangtok, 28 July (IPR): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Shriniwas Patil, granted audience to a group of 65 NCC Officials and Cadets led by Commanding Officer, Colonel Mangat Saini, 3rd NCC Battalion Sikkim at New Raj Bhawan today. It was the occasion of formal call on by 3rd Sikkim NCC Battalion to the Governor on the eve of completion of his five years as Governor in Sikkim.
Additional Secretary, Human Resource Development Department, Shri H.P, Dhakal, Principal of N.B. Bhandari Degree College, Dr. Bina Pradhan, Principals of West Point Senior Secondary School and Modern Senior Secondary School were present at the gathering.
Colonel Mangat Saini delivered the welcome address and presented a slide show highlighting the activities and achievements of the battalion. He informed that today the strength of the 3rd Sikkim Battalion NCC was 9200.
The Governor in his address expressed his joy and gratitude stating that it filled him with nostalgia about his own NCC days. He spoke about his days and his achievements as the Senior Under Officer in the 1st Maharashtra Armoured Squadron in Pune.
He said that it gave him immense joy to know that Sikkim with over four decades of NCC history was expanding into the horizon of unity and discipline and was assured that the cadets would go on to do their best in the future.
He spoke about the importance of training for the cadets as it would broaden their outlook and prepare them to face the obstacles in life. He also stated that the NCC cadets had an advantage to join the armed forces and take the opportunity to serve the nation.
He complimented and congratulated the 3rd Sikkim NCC Battalion and wished the cadets luck and blessings for their future endeavour reminding them that no matter what profession they chose, their NCC background would be a valuable element for them to excel. He concluded his address by urging the cadets to use their learning for the benefit of their family, society and the nation.
NCC Cadets of N.B. Bhandari Degree College presented a short cultural programme displaying dances of the various communities of Sikkim.
The 3rd Sikkim Battalion presented a memento to the Governor and the Governor returned the gesture by offering a memento to the Battalion in return. The guests, officers and cadets then offered khadas to the Governor.