26 January, 2021

A Retired Colonel And His Army Of Schoolchildren Give Sagar A Facelift

A Retired Colonel And His Army Of Schoolchildren Give Sagar A Facelift
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The large majority of us perceive the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to be a decorative formation without a specific purpose save parading schoolchildren in uniform on Republic Day in the Capital. While that assessment of the NCC may not be entirely accurate, to most students it's just another chore they have to put up with. It was the same for students in Sagar. That is, until Col (retd) K.L.K. Prasad came along.

As commanding officer of the 3 MP Signal Company (NCC), he could have gone about doing the same: boring parades and occasional outstation camps. But being a keen environmentalist, he had a specific purpose in mind - cleaning up the varsity town and educating the masses on the environment for their own benefit. His target was not, however, limited to using NCC cadets in isolation but through them to involve more than 50,000 schoolchildren in the district. "School students are the most energetic workforce we have if we can utilise and direct them. The NCC makes an effort to do that but it has its limitations. My idea is to use it to involve others as well," says...

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