Mangaluru: A felicitation programme for NCC achievers of the Mangaluru Group was held on March 13, 2023, in Eric Mathias hall, St Aloysius College (Autonomous).
Rev Dr Praveen Martis SJ, Principal, was the chief guest and Col N K Bhagasra, Group Commander of Mangaluru NCC Group, presided over the function along with High-Rank NCC officers of 18 Kar BN. Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar and Controller of Examination of the College and ANO Capt Shakinraj, NCC Officer of the Air Wing of the College were on the dais.
57 NCC cadets were honoured for their unstinted achievements in NCC Karnataka and Goa directorate in various NCC inter-group competitions during 2022-23.
In his address, Col N K Bhagasra SM said, “I am overwhelmed and proud of the Mangaluru NCC Group for their great achievements among other 50K cadets. You had the courage, determination and commitment to make things possible. This is just a beginning, don’t stop here, move forward and shine making a difference in changing people’s lives”.
He further said ”Always look for the best. Follow the NCC motto of ‘Unity and Discipline’. Reach a place where you can make a change and remember that capacity building is very important. For your success, your parents have played a vital role, and they need to be thanked for encouraging and supporting you in this NCC field. Have the desire to win. You have taken a great step in your life by joining NCC. You have to work hard with discipline and dedication which leads to taking the nation to greater heights” added Col Bhagasra.
Rev Dr Praveen Martis, SJ, in his presidential remarks, congratulated the NCC cadets for their achievements. He expressed his pride in belonging to a family of disciplined soldiers as his father served in the armed forces and his nephew cleared NDA and joined the armed forces. And he too was in NCC during his college days. He urged the cadets to set a great vision for their country and applauded the cadets for their great achievements.
One of the achievers was Cadet Aashna Rai, a cadet of the NCC Navy Wing of St Aloysius PU College, who participated in the annual NCC Rally during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi in January 2023 and received the Gold Medal for the All India Best Cadet Award from the Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi. Ashna Rai joined NCC while studying in VIII standard at Canara CBSE School. She was selected for the NCC rally after performing exceptionally well at the district and state levels. The cooperation extended by NCC cadets Anish Rahul, Atique D B, Roopith D’Souza and Manish along with the guidance of Wing Commander Chandan Garg and Alwyn Misquith is responsible for this achievement of Ashna in the NCC Rally.
Few of the achievers shared their thoughts and experiences during the programme. The programme was meticulously compered by CUO Gauthami SC and SUO Soorya Adka, both of St Aloysius College.