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LT GEN PS BHALLA
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BRIEF HISTORY 

1.   NCC was started in Punjab in Oct 1948 with three battalions, one indep coy and one Arty bty with a total cadet strength of 1624.   By 1949 the number of units increased to eight and the numbers of officers managing these units was 218, training 6628 NCC cadets. Circle HQs was raised for command and control of NCC.  The Punjab region was designated as No. 8 Circle Cadet Corps with its HQ located at Shimla and commanded by Maj S.N. Nigam.  Later on, in 1956, the Circle HQ was shifted to Chandigarh. During 1964 the Circle HQ was converted into NCC Directorate Punjab commanded by the Director NCC of the rank of Brig.

2.   There was an Officer Training Unit NCC functioning under this Dte, which was raised some time in 1958/1959.  Cadets were given trg to become eligible for commission in Armed Forces by the Unit. Subsequently it was disbanded in 1967.

3.   From 1 Jul 1964, the jurisdiction of NCC Dte Punjab was extended to Himachal Pradesh and the Dte was re-designated as NCC Dte Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

4.   To cope up with the increased work and to decentralize cum facilitate command and control, the whole of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh was divided into eight Gp HQs commanded by Lt Cols. These Gp HQs were and still are located at Chandigarh, Ambala, Rohtak, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Shimla. The NCC Gp Cdrs were given the responsibility to exercise control and to co-ordinate the activities of NCC Units under their command.

5.   On 1 Nov 1966, consequent to re-organisation of Punjab State into Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Chandigarh, the designation of this Dte was changed to NCC Dte Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh (P, H, HP & C Dte).  The names of NCC Units located in different States were also changed.

6. NCC in this Directorate has now grown into a large organisation comprising 39 Boys Bn, 10 Girls Bn., 3 R&V Sqn, 6 Naval Units and 8 Air Sqns covering 1,50,361 sq kms in 52 districts. Additionally a Girls Bn and a Boys Bn have been sanctioned for raising in the state government created NCC Academies at Malout and Ropar respectively. NCC Units under the Directorate are imparting training to a total of 1,14,620 cadets both boys and girls in 1519 colleges and schools. 

7.         Despite bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Punjab into four states (including Chandigarh), in NCC, the Directorate is still popularly known as “PUNJAB” Directorate. Presently Punjab Directorate is being commanded by Maj Gen P S Mander,YSM.