BENGALURU: Home to India's Silicon Valley, Karnataka holds another distinction. It's the only state in the country which provides quota to National Cadet Corps' (NCC) candidates in undergraduate professional courses, including engineering and medicine. The Director General (DG) of NCC has now advised other states to emulate Karnataka. The DG, who's based in Delhi, approached the Karnataka and Goa NCC Directorate to study the system practised here. Every year, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) reserves around 150 seats for NCC cadets. However, not all are eligible for the quota. Only those who have participated in the Republic Day camp conducted by the NCC DG and received a 'B' certificate while studying in Karnataka (between class 11 and first-year degree), meet the criteria. The higher education department has been providing a great opportunity to NCC cadets from rural areas and all sections of society, said Col MG Venkatesh, director, Karnataka and Goa NCC Directorate. "The DG has told us how to introduce the system in other states. The process is under way," he said. Without revealing names, the officer said, "We have advised other states to implement Karnataka's model and two of them have come forward". At present, there are 15 lakh NCC cadets in the country, of which around 75,000 are in Karnataka and Goa. Col. Venkatesh said many youngsters from rural areas are not aware of the opportunities available to their urban counterparts. "NCC will try to create awareness among students in villages. We're planning to open a unit in Koppal district,'' he said. A KEA official said the number of seats reserved for NCC cadets varies every year. It depends on the seat matrix and often seats in some courses remain vacant. Who can join NCC Students who are aged 13 and above can join NCC. Class 8 students have to complete a two-year course to get the 'A' certificate. To obtain 'B' certificate, a student has to pursue a three-year NCC course (between class 11 and first-year degree). Karnataka only state to offer NCC quota in UG courses - The Times of India :thumb::thumb: Every state government should encourage students to join NCC & quota should be increased accordingly.