The Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar has hoped that the talented sportspersons of the NCC would come out with flying colours in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. Addressing a group of cadets here today, Shri Pradeep Kumar hoped the NCC cadets, who have excelled in the national-level competitions in the Equestrian and Shooting events, would win a medal or two in the 19th Commonwealth Games, due to be held in New Delhi from Oct.3-15, 2010.
The Defence Secretary later flagged off an NCC Boys Mountaineering Expedition to ‘Gangotri-I’ peak, located at a height of about 22,000 feet, in Uttarakhand. Twenty NCC boy cadets, aged between 17 and 19 years, from across the country, will attempt to scale the summit in mid-June. Led by Lt Col SS Phogat and Major KS Dhami, it will be the 65th Mountaineering Expedition by the NCC.
Gangotri I, II and III peaks lie to the South West of Gangotri in Uttrakashi District of Uttarakhand. Summiting these rugged peaks requires elaborate preparations, meticulous planning and excellent climbing skills.
The Defence Secretary also released the NCC Coffee Table Book titled ‘Grooming Tomorrows Leaders’ on the occasion, which presents the evolution, organization, training and activities of the NCC.
Earlier in his welcome note, the Director-General, NCC, Lt Gen RK Karwal complimented the cadets for making extensive preparations for the challenging expedition.