Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee and director general of NCC Lt Gen PP Malhotra conferring the honour on Prof Sankar Kumar Ghosh and Prof Suranjan Das on Monday.
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Kolkata: The vice-chancellors of two universities in Bengal has been made honourary colonels of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), a wing of the Indian defence forces aimed at training youths for future military roles.

This comes after the Union government selected Prof Suranjan Das, the vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University in Kolkata for the role of honourary colonel, and Prof Sankar Kumar Ghosh, vice-chancellor of Kalyani University in Nadia, as honourary colonel commandant.

Prof Das and Prof Ghosh were conferred the honour today at a ceremony organised at Fort William, the seat of the Eastern Command in Kolkata.  Director general of NCC Lt Gen PP Malhotra was the chief guest at the event; Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee was present as the guest of honour. They pinned the accoutrements onto the uniforms of both the V-Cs.

NCC West Bengal and Sikkim directorate ADG Maj Gen KT Sreekumar, DDG Brig SPS Parhar along with officers, associate NCC officers, and cadets witnessed the first-of-its-kind event in Kolkata.

The two vice-chancellors will serve as the honourary colonel and colonel commandant, respectively, until the time they remain V-C. Unless removed pre-term, they will be in VC office until the age of 65 years.

The honour has been conferred on the V-Cs in recognition of their keen interest in facilitating NCC activities on the campuses of JU and Kalyani University. NCC authorities said that they are hopeful that the initiative will enhance interactions with NCC cadets and officers.