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Yashwant Bankar and Hemant Gaikwad have formed a students organisation to help potential cadets as well as those struggling with various issues during the NCC training

Yashwant Bankar and Hemant Gaikwad have formed a students organisation to help potential cadets as well as those struggling with various issues during the NCC training

Yashwant Bankar and Hemant Gaikwad are founders of ‘Yuva’,a student organisation aimed at motivating potential NCC cadets to achieve their dreams. Bankar,a commerce graduate from Modern College and Gaikwad,an alumnus from Law College thought of forming this group while they were pursuing their third year of training at National Cadet Corps. “During our training camp,we noticed that many of students who come from small towns and villages had the characteristic capabilities of becoming an officer,but they gave up their dreams midway due to financial problems,family disapproval,language barriers and social incompatibility. It is here that we realized,there needs to be a group of people who could motivate and direct the gifted yet disoriented individuals in the right direction,” says Gaikwad,who is credited to be one of the best Senior Under Officers of the Battalion. “We discussed their strengths and weaknesses in a SWAT analysis and chalked out a plan to counsel them in the right direction. This brought about a noticeable improvement in their performance. We reached out to as many cadets as we could during our NCC days,” he adds.

As word about their motivational counseling spread among NCC students,they were approached by other NCC cadets and aspirants and thus,the student organisation of Yuva started in October 2009. “Yuva aims at instilling the idea of serving the country by re-inforcing values like discipline,unity and social responsibility amongst the youth. The training at the NCC taught us the meaning and value of the words ‘Unity’ and ‘Camaraderie’ and this is what we bring to the rest of the youth”,says Gaikwad.

They have been instrumental in organising ‘Vijay Diwas’ in the city to pay a tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War. “We invite the families of the martyrs to the programme. We show our appreciation towards them through a small felicitation ceremony where we hand them whatever amount of money we collect from all our members,” informs Bankar. The group also organises fund raising activities in collaboration with the International Human Rights Association (IHRA) along with awareness campaigns during the elections where they emphasise the importance of voting.

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With over 20 members and 80 volunteers at present,the group meets twice a week at the National Cadet Corps Canteen to discuss issues that need acknowledgement. The group is open to anyone interested in joining the Indian Army. “We believe that motivation springs from dialogue. After establishing a secure connection with the student that we are dealing with,we begin to simulate a real life SSB (Staff Selection Board) interview so they get an idea of what’s in store for them and they can start building the right attitude for it,” describes Bankar.

“We tell them,through experience,about the procedure of the SSB or the CDSE (Combined Defense Service Exam). Our members also help them out with the physical fitness pre-requisites,” adds Bankar,who is soon to join the territorial army.

First published on: 17-07-2012 at 01:42 IST
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