Shalini Singh becomes first woman NCC cadet to complete mountaineering course

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Shalini-Singh-becomes-first-woman-NCC20-year-old Shalini Singh from Lucknow has become the first woman NCC cadet in India to complete a mountaineering course in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand.

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  • Shalini Singh scaled the 15,400 ft peak in Dring Valley in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand as part of the course.

  • The training course took place at Tekla, Uttarkashi from 26 April to 6 May.

  • The training was conducted under tough conditions, with subzero (-14°C) temperatures.

  • Shalini was the only woman cadet in the team of 45 NCC cadets.

  • This included training in rock climbing, rappelling, snow and ice climbing and camping.

  • Shalini Singh was admitted as Senior Wing NCC Cadet in 67 UP Battalion.

National Cadet Corps (NCC):

  • It is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces, headquartered in New Delhi, India.

  • It has been active since July 16, 1948 and is open to school and college students on a voluntary basis.

  • The NCC functions as a tri-services organisation comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force.

  • Its primary aim is to develop the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.

  • The Soldier Youth Foundation in India is a voluntary organisation that recruits cadets from high schools, higher secondary schools, colleges and universities across the country.

  • On completion of their course, officers and cadets in NCC and Soldier Youth Foundation are not bound to serve in active military duty.

  • Its emblem comprises three colours: red - representing the Indian Army, dark blue - representing the Indian Navy and light blue - representing the Indian Air Force.

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