The NCC in India was established with motto of the National Cadet Corps Act of 1948. The National Cadet Corps can be considered as a successor of the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC) which was established by the British in 1942. During World War II, the UOTC never came up to the expectations set by the British. This led to the idea that some better schemes should be developed, which could train more young people in a better way, even during normal cool peace times. A committee headed by Pandit H.N. Kunzru recommended a cadet organization to be established in schools and colleges at a national level. The National Cadet Corps Act was accepted by the Governor General and on 15 July 1948 and thereafter, the National Cadet Corps came into existence.

During the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan, NCC cadets were the second line of defense. They organized camps to assist the ordinance factories, supplying arms and ammunition to the front, and also were functioned as patrol parties to arrest the enemy paratroopers. The NCC cadets also worked hand in hand with the Civil Defense authorities and actively took part in rescue work and traffic control. After the Indo-Pak wars the NCC activities and associated curriculum were revised. Rather than just being the second line of defense, NCC curriculum laid a greater stress on developing qualities of Leadership and Officer-like qualities. The military training which the NCC cadets received was reduced and greater importance was given to other areas like social service and youth-management.

The Culture and Practices                                             

The NCC is a responsive, learning and continuously evolving organization. Its activity is guided by certain core values that we endeavour to instill among all ranks of the NCC. These include the following:

  1. Sensitivity to the needs of poor and socially disadvantaged fellow citizens.
  2. Inculcating habits of restraint and self-awareness.) Understanding the values of honesty, truthfulness, self-sacrifice, perseverance and hard work.
  3. Respect for knowledge, wisdom and the power of ideas.
  4. A sense of patriotic commitment to encourage cadets to contribute to national development.
  5. Respect for diversities in religion, language, culture, ethnicity, life style and habitat to instill a sense of National unity and social cohesion.
  6. Abiding commitment to learn and adhere to the norms and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
  7. Ability to participate in community development and other social programme.
  8. A healthy life style free of substance abuse and other unhealthy practices.