The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a youth organization that operates under the Ministry of Defence. It aims to develop character, discipline, leadership, and a spirit of service among the country's youth.
The NCC is organised into Army, Navy, and Air Force wings, reflecting the three branches of the Indian armed forces. Each wing is further divided into groups, directorates, and battalions at the state, regional, and unit levels. The NCC Unit at Pavanatma College falls under the Army Wing of the 33 Kerala Battalion NCC, Nedumkandam, with a cadet strength of 108. Col. SS Cheema is the Commanding Officer of the Battalion.
The Unit had its inception at Pavanatma College in the year 1985, with the inaugural address of Maj. B.K. Sharma of the 18 (K) Battalion. It was under the guidance of Sri. Baby George, who served as an Associate NCC Officer (ANO) from 1985 to 1993. Maintaining discipline and enforcing NCC regulations during training sessions, camps, and events, he served the unit with dauntless courage and dedication. After serving for 8 years, the Unit was handed over to the responsible hands of Lt. Benny K.P., who served this Unit from 1993 to 1996, helping the cadets foster discipline, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility.
Mr. Dominic V.A., who was appointed the caretaker, focused on the holistic development of the cadets from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2011, the NCC Unit was headed by Lt. Dr. Johnson V, who led Cadets proudly with proper guidance and mentoring. From 2011 to 2021, the Unit was led by Lt. Sijo P. George. In his capable hands, the Unit achieved marvellous achievements in various fields. He assisted in coordinating and managing various events and activities related to NCC, such as parades, competitions, and social service initiatives. From 2021 to 2022, Mr. Shaji Thomas was appointed the Caretaker of the NCC Unit. At present, Dr. Sebin Justine is the Associate NCC Officer (ANO) of Pavanatma College.
The NCC is regarded as one of the largest uniformed youth organisations in the world, providing young individuals with valuable experiences, skills, and opportunities for personal growth. It serves as a bridge between the civilian and military sectors and plays a significant role in shaping the future leaders of India.