The role of the Defence Service Corps (DSC) is to give security cover to Defence installations of the three services and Civil Establishments of the Ministry of Defence where DSC cover is sanctioned under the specific orders of Government of India against sabotage and pilferage. To complete this role, Defence Service Corps (DSC) grants armed security staff, static guards. Searchers, escorts and mobile patrols through the night and day. It is the sixth biggest Corps of the Army.
The Defence Security Corps (DSC), previously called as Defence Department Constabulary Centre, was founded on 25 February 1947 at Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The Defence Security Corps, with 31,000 personnel, gives security at Defence Ministry sites. The work of Defence Security Corps is to ensure the protection and security of designated Defence Installations against sabotage and pilferage. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Defence Security Corps (DSC) gives security at Indian Ordnance Factories, India’s nuclear laboratories and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) establishments, respectively. The CISF is completely a civilian Central government security force and through the DSC is a force under the Ministry of Defence and it comprises generally superannuated soldiers who are re-employed for a few years.
On 3 May 1947, the center shifted to Delhi. The DSC was made in the form of a semi-police force with police titles and badges of ranks. In 1948, these were replaced with military titles and badges of ranks. In August 1958, the Corps was re-framed and brought under the control of Indian Army Headquarters. The DSC and Records shifted from Delhi to Chakrata in Uttar Pradesh (Presently in Uttarakhand) in April 1959 and then to Kannur on 21 November 1961.
Now, the DSC Centre, DSC Records, and PAO(DSC) is situated in the city of Kannur, Kerala, on the road to Payyambalam Beach. The region is a part of the Cannanore Cantonment and is well-maintained by the Cantonment Board. The DSC headed at Kannur is the mother depot to all platoons in the country.
The center bifurcate training to ex-service personnel of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Territorial Army and recruits them to various agencies within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Territorial Army and to the Directorate General of Ordnance Factories and Directorate General of Research and Development.