Air Commodore S S Deshpande said that with the support of the State Government the NCC Directorate hopes to raise an equestrian squadron in the near future in Goa.
Deshpamde, who assumed duties of Deputy Director General of NCC Directorate Karnataka and Goa recently and who is on a familiarization visit to NCC units in Goa further informed that approval has been already accorded to this squadron by the Director General NCC New Delhi and planning is fairly at an advanced stage. Once in place, the girls and boys in Goa would get an opportunity to learn horse riding and participate in this unique adventure activity, for which the State Government has identified a place at Sanguem.
Deshpande said that NCC training is especially beneficial to girl cadets providing them opportunities which would otherwise be not be easily available to them. It makes them mentally tough, preparing them for a career in the armed forces as well as in any profession of their choice. He hoped to spread the message that more and more girls from Goa should join the NCC.
The other focus areas outlined by DGNCC relate to development of soft skills, participation in social and environment awareness programmes, as well as creation of capability amongst NCC Cadets to provide assistance during natural and man-made disasters.