Former India captain MS Dhoni has added another feather to his cap, this time outside the cricket world, as he was named in a 15-member panel constituted by the defense ministry to carry out an inclusive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in order to make it more significant. The NCC was formed under the National Cadet Corps act in 1948.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army. He was even seen training with the Parachute Regiment and spent time in Jammu and Kashmir with the army personnel. Also many won’t know that Dhoni has qualified as a paratrooper as well.
Apart from MS Dhoni, the committee which is headed by former lawmaker Baijayant Panda, includes some big names like industrialist Anand Mahindra, Col. (Retd) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Principal Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal and Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar.
Committee Including MS Dhoni To Provide Suggestions To Empower NCC Cadets
Former vice-chancellor of the SNDT Women’s University Vasudha Kamat, National Organising Secretary of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal Mukul Kanitkar, Maj Gen (retd) Alok Raj, Managing Director of SIS India Ltd Rituraj Sinha and CEO of Databook Anand Shah are also members of the panel.
The defense ministry said the committee has been established for a broad review of the NCC in order to make it more pertinent in changing times.
“The terms of reference of the committee, inter-alia, broadly provide for suggesting measures which can empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards nation-building and national developmental efforts in various sectors,” it said.
The NCC is the largest organization in uniform that aims at developing character, discipline, a secular outlook, and ideals of selfless service among young citizens, the ministry said in a statement.
This news comes as a big one for MS Dhoni fans as the former India captain was recently named mentor of the Indian squad that will play in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which will be played in the UAE and Oman in October-November this year. This is the first time Dhoni will be seen in the Indian dressing room since his retirement from cricket in 2020.