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New Delhi : The National Defence College (NDC), as part its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, will organise a two- day Webinar on  November 5 &  6, 2020, on the theme ‘India’s National Security- a Decade Ahead’. This was announced by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Commandant of NDC, Air Marshal D Choudhury, at a press conference in New Delhi on November 4, 2020.

Dr Ajay Kumar said NDC is one of the leading institutions of the world dedicated to intellectual development and strategic training of select senior officers of Armed Forces and Civil Services of India and those of foreign countries. The first NDC course was held in 1960 with 21 participants. In the Diamond Jubilee Year, NDC has 100 participants; 75 from India and 25 from friendly countries. He said it is the most prestigious programme for higher management both, in Armed Forces and Civil Services.

NDC programme has had very illustrious alumni.  Currently, CDS, two Governors, present National Security Advisor, two Election Commissioners, 30 Service Chiefs and 74 Foreign Service officers, over 20 Ambassadors, 4 Defence Secretaries, 5 Foreign Secretaries are alumni of NDC.

Some of foreign alumni have also achieved significant positions in their respective countries. 74 Chiefs of the Staff of foreign Armed Forces. Some prominent among them are :

1. His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, The King of Bhutan

2. Lt Gen Hussain Muhammad Ershad, Former President, Bangladesh

3. Lt Gen Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, Former Head of State, Ghana

The theme of the two- day webinar is “India’s National Security – The Decade Ahead”. It will commence on November 5, 2020, with Keynote Address by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to a PIB release.

Defence Secretary Dr Kumar said NDC is among the most sought after programme of its kind of the world. To cater to continuous demand for more seats from other countries, Ministry of Defence has decided to increase capacity of NDC from 100 to 110 in 2021 and to 120 in 2022.  He said, “We will be able to offer more seats to friendly foreign countries from where demand is huge.  Necessary infrastructure in this regard is being created. We are going to give additional seats to Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh apart from new seats to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Phillipines, Indonesia, and Maldives.”

To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee Year, The President of India has consented to institute a President’s Chair of Excellence on National Security and Strategy at NDC.  An e-book on NDC titled “NDC – Abode of Strategic Excellence” will be released by the Defence Minister on this occasion.