Under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat campaign, the National Cadets Corps (NCC) Group Headquarters, Srinagar under the NCC Directorate Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh successfully conducted six days’ online Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) Saptah from 26 to 31 July 2021 along with the guest NCC Directorate of West Bengal and Sikkim. During the event, 250 NCC cadets from J&K and Ladakh interacted with the NCC cadets of West Bengal and Sikkim over online platform and shared their history, culture, traditions, dance, songs and historical significance.
“The aim of the online program was to promote the diversity of culture, language, traditions, music, sports and tourism, amongst the cadets of J&K, Ladakh, West Bengal and Sikkim Directorates of NCC. The theme given to the cadets was Indo-PAK Kargil War of 1999. During the Saptah, one day was completely dedicated for the EXPA (NCC Exchange Participants Association of India) cadets programme based on the directions of DG NCC, under which skills of public speaking, team building, communication skills and decision making were taught to the cadets as these skills would help them in their preparation for joining the Armed Forces. The online camp did provide a good platform to the NCC cadets to interact and learn from each other. The COVID restrictions hampered physical conduct of the event and knowing/ interacting and learning from each other.
During the week long event, cultural programme, music, language skills and songs were performed online. The webinar was also live streamed on the YouTube. The cadets during the Saptah were addressed by Group Commander, NCC, Srinagar and Commanding Officer 1st Boys Batallion.
Besides, the cadets also got an opportunity to meet and interact with Kargil War Heros including Colonel Sonam Wangchuk MVC, from Leh. Overall, it was a good exposure for the cadets of both J&K and Ladakh with the cadets from West Bangal and Sikkim who interacted and helped in spreading the message of National Integration.