National Defence College is a premier institution under the Ministry of Defence with an international repute and is known for its pioneering work in harmonizing national security interests and strategic issues with governance in all its facets. The college conducts a yearly course on National Security and Strategic Studies over a duration of 47 weeks commencing on the first Monday of January. NDC course is represented by 120 Course members comprising of Officers (Brig Equivalent) from Army, Navy and Air Force, Civil services (IAS, IPS, Coast Guard, DRDO, IRS etc.) and 40 Officers from friendly foreign countries.
The Officers undergo an eleven-month training programme with a focus on national security, covering all dimensions of domestic, regional and international issues to equip the future policymakers with the background necessary to get a broad understanding of the multifarious economic, political, military, scientific and organizational aspects that are essential for planning of National Strategy.
The course curriculum includes talks by eminent subject matter experts/ guest faculty, Panel discussions under six study modules, Strategic exercises, theme-based seminars and study tours within the country (field tours to different States & Defence service tours to various service installation/Units) and tour abroad. By end of the course, each member submits a thesis on the subject taken.