India’s beloved cricket player, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and industrialist Anand Mahindra were named in a 15-member panel constituted by the defence ministry to carry out a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) with the intention of make it more relevant.

“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,” said the defence ministry about the revamp.

The committee is expected to “propose measures for gainful engagement of its Alumni for betterment of the organisation as a whole and to study/recommend best practices of similar international youth organisations for inclusion in the NCC curriculum,” continued the statement.

Dhoni appears on the high-level panel only days after he was appointed mentor for India’s T20 cricket world cup team. The former India captain is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.

Taking to Twitter, Mahindra expressed his eagerness about the project, “I look forward to this assignment. Partly because my school—Lawrence, Lovedale, was an active participant in the program and I was in the Air Wing. I still reflexively salute using the Air Force version!”

The committee is headed by former lawmaker Baijayant Panda and includes 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.

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.

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