20 Bengal Battalion NCC in collaboration with St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata is conducting a Combined Annual Training Camp (CATC - IV) at Raghabpur Campus, the rural wing of the college. The Camp commenced from 4th of June 2018 and will be continued till 13th June 2018. National Cadet Corps (NCC) is one of the most active societies of the college established in 1950 has produced several Army officers who are currently serving the nation. The rural campus was setup in 2014 and it is for the first time the college has taken an initiative to set up an NCC camp here. The new academic block which was setup in 2017 as well as the initial building has become a home for 400 cadets for the next 10 days. St. Pauls High School, Raghabpur has also extended their hands to cater to the needs of the cadets providing them with their infrastructure. Though St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata Raghabpur Campus is the host college for the camp, other cadets from 9 colleges, 10 schools and cadets of other battalions have also come up to participate in this camp actively. Cadets showed their enthusiasm in learning the different military subjects like Weapon Training, Map Reading, Drill and basic tactical issues. Despite severe heat and humidity, here the cadets are enjoying by all means adjusting with the given situations.
17 Army personnel, 8 ANOs and 1 Girl Cadet Instructor (GCI) are working under the command of Colonel S.K. Chakravartty, Commanding Officer 20 Bengal Battalion NCC and Administrative officer Lt. Col T. Das. Each day the camp activities start with Physical Training in the morning followed by drill, weapon training, and theory classes on various military and non-military subjects. Trained Professors and Teachers of various schools and Colleges working as Associate NCC Officers (ANOs) are regularly taking classes on multi-disciplinary subjects. Cadets are involved in Games and Sports in the evening and being exposed to social service activities through cleaning the premises and the surroundings. They spend their evenings in cultural activities followed by dinner.
The Camp will be visited by Commodore Aloke Chatterjee, Group Commander of KOL C NCC Headquarters on 8th June 2018. The Commanding Officer is planning to organise an NCC rally addressing some social issues like Anti-Girl Trafficking, Drug Abuses, Swach-Bharat- Abhiyan, Anti-Dowry Campaigning etc. This rally will surely raise awareness among the locals and villagers who regularly face these problems. The cadets are planning to organise a cultural show on 11th of June where the Principal and other dignitaries are being invited.
The main intention to organise this camp is to impart the sense of brotherhood,
discipline, comradeship and unity amongst the young boys and girls participating
which will give future dividend to the nation.