Gangtok, 28 Sept (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad today conferred Governor’s Medal to 32 outstanding NCC cadets representing the State on various National and State level events in a special function held at Ashirvad Bhavan.
The cadets had performed exceptionally well in various training activities like shooting competition, trekking, sailing, Republic Day Parade and other national level camps over the last one year.
Hon’ble Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Departments, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, Deputy GOC, Black Cat, Brig. Harshvardhan, Group Officer Commanding, NCC Darjeeling District, Col. P.B. Acharya, Commanding Officers of all three NCC Battalions in Sikkim, officials of Education Department, Principals, teachers, NCC Cadets were present on the occasion.
It was the third edition of Governor’s Medal Ceremony being held in the State, the first being in 2017. Earlier, the Cadets were awarded the medal by Governor of West Bengal.
A total of 20 gold, six silver and six bronze medals were conferred to the cadets today by the Governor.
Minister for Education, in his brief address to the cadets, shared his experience on his association with National Cadet Corps during his school days and credited his success to the organization. He also encouraged more students from Sikkim to join NCC to excel in their chosen field in the life ahead.
The Governor, while underlining the significance of NCC, said, “Now the world’s largest uniformed youth organization is preparing the students and youth for future challenges and responsibilities that they have to shoulder.”
He stated that NCC provides the platform for youth to hone their leadership skills, prepare them mentally and physically to join armed forces and inculcate the ideals of patriotism and nation first, turning them better and responsible citizen of the country.
As a special gesture towards encouraging the students to join NCC and subsequently into Armed Forces, the Governor declared that any NCC cadet from Sikkim getting commissioned as officer into Armed Forces, henceforth, will receive special felicitation from Raj Bhavan and a cash award of Rs. 1 Lakh.
The Governor also extended good wishes to all awardees for their bright and successful future ahead.