PM Narendra Modi Commissions Country’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, Unveils New Naval Ensign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday commissioned India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. During the event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage.


PM Modi received the Guard of Honour as he arrived for the Commissioning ceremony. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “India is witnessing the sunrise of a new future. This event being held on the INS Vikrant is a tribute to the rising spirits of India on the world horizon.”


He further added, “Vikrant is huge, massive, and vast. Vikrant is distinguished, Vikrant is also special. Vikrant is not just a warship. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of India in the 21st century. If the goals are distant, the journeys are long, the ocean and the challenges are endless – then India’s answer is Vikrant. The incomparable Amrit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is Vikrant. Vikrant is a unique reflection of India becoming self-reliant.”

PM Narendra Modi’s Address:


During his address, PM Modi remembered Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He said that Shivaji built such a navy on the strength of this sea power, which kept the enemies on their toes. The Indian Navy has got a new flag from today.


About INS Vikrant:


INS Vikrant is designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Vikrant has been built with state-of-the-art automation features and is the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India.


The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is named after her illustrious predecessor, India’s first Aircraft Carrier which had played a vital role in the 1971 war. It has a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving major industrial houses in the country as well as over 100 MSMEs. With the commissioning of Vikrant, India will have two operational Aircraft Carriers, which will bolster the maritime security of the nation.


About New Naval Ensign:


Notably, one of the design elements of the Naval flag honours Shivaji Maharaj. The new Naval flag has the national flag on the upper canton. Inside a blue octagonal, the National Emblem is placed atop an anchor. It is, superimposed on a shield with the navy’s motto. Notably, Shivaji was the founder of the Maratha kingdom who had a naval fleet.

PM Narendra Modi to Commission Country’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant on September 2; Know Details

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commission the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, on Friday at Cochin Shipyard in Kochi. It will strengthen India’s naval capabilities. Notably, INS Vikrant is the largest ship ever built in India’s maritime history. The Prime Minister will also unveil the new Naval ensign of the Indian Navy.


The 262 meters long and 15-story high aircraft carrier has a flight deck comparable to two football fields with an angled sky jump. It is important to note that INS Vikrant is more than five times the size of any warship ever built in the country, reported All India Radio News. . It is named ‘Vikrant’ as a tribute to India’s first aircraft carrier.


After the commissioning of INS Vikrant, India will join the United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom which can indigenously design, build and integrate an aircraft carrier.


After the MIG-29 Supersonic fighters complete crucial flight trials from the deck of INS Vikrant, the aircraft carrier will be combat-ready. It will also be equipped with high-tech weapons including the Barak-8 surface-to-air missile system reportedly by mid-2023.


The warship is capable of accommodating a crew of around 1,600. It can also operate a fleet of 30 aircraft, including fighter planes and helicopters. Notably, over 75 percent of the components of INS Vikrant were procured indigenously.


“The final proof of the pudding is the ship’s performance during sea trials. While it seems to be behaving pretty well, stability-wise, aircraft operations have yet to commence. One hopes it will be a success story all the way,” former Chief of India’s Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash told Reuters.


India can now deploy an aircraft carrier on its eastern and western seaboards. With the induction of INS Vikrant, India will require more naval fighter jets. At present, around 40 Russian-made MiG-29Ks operate on INS Vikramaditya.


Notably, In June this year, China launched its third aircraft carrier. According to reports, it will a full-length flight deck with a catapult launch system. However, India’s aircraft carriers use ski-jumps.

Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Mishra Takes Over As 51st Commandant Of IMA

Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, has taken over as the 51st Commandant of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on August 31. He paid his tribute at the War Memorial in a solemn ceremony recognising the supreme sacrifice of brave soldiers for the nation.

An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, was commissioned into the 17th Battalion the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles in December 1985. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, has attended the Higher Command Course at the Army War College, Mhow as well as the prestigious National Defence College at New Delhi.

The General Officer has a very rich and varied operational experience spanning over more than three decades, be it serving on the Line of Control in J & K, where he was also wounded in operations, or the challenging, counter insurgency operations at various levels including tenures with Rashtriya Rifles in South Kashmir or in Tripura with Assam Rifles.

His Command assignments have been equally challenging and eventful. He Commanded Battalion in Siachen Glacier and Kashmir, was also the commander in Assam Rifle Sector in insurgency area. He was the GOC of a Mountain Division in North East having an operational role on Indo-China border. He has also held crucial staff appointments such as Head of Operations Branch of a Strike Division as well as of the Mountain Strike Corps. He was Director SD-4 and also served as Maj Gen, ADG Proc in IHQ of MoD (Army). Gen Offr was also BGS, a prestigious appt in OTA Gaya.

Before taking over reins as Commandant, IMA, Gen Offr was GOC Delhi Area since Feb 20

Lt Gen Harinder Singh, 50th Commandant of IMA, bids adieu to Olive Greens

Lt Gen Harinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy will finally bid adieu to the Olive Greens on 31 Aug 2022 after an illustrious career spanning over nearly 40 years and having tenated important Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. During a simple and solemn ceremony being held at the War Memorial, IMA, the General Officer paid homage to the soldiers, who in line of duly have laid down their lives for the Nation.

An alumnus of NDA Khadakwasla, the General Officer was commissioned into 9 MARATHA Light Infantry, one of the oldest regiment of Indian Army. He excelled in Hockey at Academy and is a former Services Hockey player. He later commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in active counter terrorist operations while deployed in Kupwara Sector.

The Officer carries varied operational experience having served in different terrains. The Officer has the distinction of commanding two different brigades, that includes the command of the most reputed UN Multi-national Brigade deployed in Eastern Congo and      Infantry Brigade along Western. He commanded a mountain division in Kashmir & a Corps along active Northern Borders.

The General Officer earlier served with Military Operation and Operational Logistics directorates in the rank of Major & Colonel respectively. As a Brigadier, he was instrumental in raising of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) at the Army HQ. He has also been an instructor at IMA, Dehradun and Infantry School, Mhow. The Officer served as a Staff Officer at the UN Mission in Angola. He attended Defence Services Staff College, Higher Comd Course and excelled in research work at the National Defence College, New Delhi for which he was awarded Colonel Pyare Lal Gold Medal. He has also been an international graduate fellow at Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.

The Commandant has held two fellowships in his service career. As a Research Fellow at IDSA, New Delhi and later at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, and published several monographs, papers and write-ups in international and national journals & dailies.

As Commandant of IMA, he had hosted Shri Ram Nath Kovind, The Honourable President of India, as the Reviewing Officer for the Parade on 11 Dec 2021. He has undertaken various initiatives in IMA in terms of conceptualising IMA trg curriculum for institutionalised leadership training to produce finest future officer cadre for the Indian Army. He has also formulated vision for state of the art IMA Library, Innovation Lab and many other infrastructure works for trg in domains of zenith tech of modern day warfare.

The General Officer handed over the Command Baton of the most prestigious Indian Military Academy to Lt Gen VK Mishra, AVSM, the 51st Commandant of IMA.

Source: IMA press release

IMA Golden Jubilee Celebrations: 49 Regular & 33 Technical Course Celebrate Golden Jubilee

The 49th Regular and 33rd Technical Courses, Passed Out from the Indian Military Academy and were commissioned into various Arms and Services of the Indian Army. For these young men in olive green, it was a dream start to their military careers as the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade was none other than the legendary Army Chief, General Sam Manekshaw, who had just won accolades for leading the Army to victory in the Bangladesh Liberation War. When the Gentleman Cadets took Final Steps to the tune of Auld Lang Syne and crossed the threshold as Commissioned Officers, the words of their Chief resonated in every heart of this fabulous lot. “And some of you will rise to dizzying heights, like me”. Field Marshal Manekshaw had also reviewed the Parade a year earlier when the Course Passed Out from NDA, so the moment added greater poignancy and joy.

Now, fifty years down the line, the 49th Regular and 33rd Technical Courses are commemorating this momentous occasion of their Golden Jubilee in the hallowed portals of the Indian Military Academy. It has been a long journey, with every member of this distinguished group having served his country with honour and pride. Quite a few have risen to dizzying heights, one amongst which is General Bikram Singh who rose to become the Army Chief. The Course also produced 12 Lt Gens, including an Army Cdr Lt Gen KT Parnaik. Be it counter insurgency operations in various parts of India. Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen or Operation Vijay in Kargil and UN Missions in Nicaragua, Namibia, Cambodia and Angola, the Course Members have distinguished themselves in the various roles they were asked to play. It was indeed Service with Selflessness, in tune with the IMA credo, ‘Valour and Wisdom’.

Earlier, the Course celebrated their Golden Jubilee in New Delhi on 31 Mar, with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial. A large number of veterans along with their families attended the function, with the wreath being laid on behalf of all by General Bikram Singh. This was followed by a course dinner. Now, the Course got together at the Indian Military Academy, their alma mater to commemorate their Golden Jubilee. 180 veteran officers with their wives attended the function over a period of two days 15-17 June. In addition, three ladies whose husbands have passed away also attended. The Reunion was marked by paying homage at the IMA War Memorial and presentation of a statue of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw by the Course alumni to the IMA, which acted as a motivator for future generations.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: 288 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army, Mausam Vats Gets Sword Of Honour

This Day and Date of 11 Jun 2022 will go down in the history of IMA as another landmark milestone, where a total of 377 Gentleman Cadets of 150 Regular Course and 133 Technical Graduate Course, including 89 Gentleman Cadets from eight friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of Indian Military Academy.

The Gentleman Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of ‘Col Bogey’, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection including those watching the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.

It was a matter of rare honour that Lt Gen Amardeep Singh Bhinder, AVSM, VSM, ADC, GOC-in-C, South Western Command, was present as the Reviewing Officer of the Parade. He congratulated the Gentleman Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA. He also, complimented the Instructors and Gentleman Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.

The Reviewing Officer, complimented the Foreign Gentleman Cadets and said “I would like to compliment all the Eighty-Nine (89) Gentleman Cadets from various Friendly Foreign Countries who have come to India and successfully completed their training at IMA, Dehradun. I am sure, you as ambassadors of your country will carry back a treasure trove of good memories of the place and training with you which you can cherish for a lifetime. The training imparted by the Indian Military Academy will be a bedrock for your growth both professionally and personally and will strengthen the friendly ties between all our armies.

The IMA takes pride in its rich legacy and the saga of valour & sacrifice etched by its brave alumni. This premier institution of international repute has in recent past undertaken major transformational initiatives to produce future ready warrior leaders well versed with  realities of a technology intensive battlefield and its challenges. Leadership development programme, modern infrastructure supporting blended learning and establishment of innovation lab have been at the core of comprehensive reviews recently progressed to ensure a dynamic training regime.

While addressing the Passing out Course, the Reviewing Officer, exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He told the Gentlemen Cadets about, the challenges that our great Nation is facing today at the regional and global level. He emphasised that physical and mental toughness alone are not enough to tackle modem day threats of the country, but as military leaders, officers will have to develop a strategic mindset, cultivate an adaptive temperament and acquire the mental resilience essential to hone the skills for military leadership. He exhorted that the advancement in technology has often been driven by military dynamics and that modern day military leader, must embrace this technological drift and understand the seamless synergy required between men and machines

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards :-

  • The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA Mausam Vats.
  • Gold Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to AUO Niraj Singh Papola.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to ACA Mausam Vats.
  • Bronze Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to BCA Ketan Patial.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to JUO Digaant Garg.
  • Bangladesh Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to JUO Tenzin Namgay.
  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Sangro Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2022.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Passing Out Course Displays Excellence In The Commandant’s Parade

The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for Spring Term 2022 on 09 Jun. The Commandant’s Parade marked the successful culmination of pre-commission training of 377 Indian and 89 Gentleman Cadets from eight friendly foreign countries.

Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy reviewed the Parade and complimented all the Gentleman Cadets for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which reflected a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved through their stellar training at IMA. He also commended the efforts by all in facing prevailing challenges while successfully progressing the training without any dilution.

He exhorted that young officers be guided by the ‘Chetwode Credo’ throughout their service, extolling the primacy of the Nation, the Army and the men they lead. It is important to remember that no effort by them would be too small and no sacrifice too great in serving our glorious nation.

The Commandant, IMA in his address to the Cadets said that they will now bear the onerous responsibility to defend the country and defeat our adversary at the cost of their own life and the lives of the men they lead or command. It demands from each one of them, utmost love for the country, exceptional character, a strong sense of honour and duty, self-confidence, competence and courage. Self-confidence is one of the most important qualities of a leader.

It is a manifestation of knowledge, situational awareness, pride and the poise to stay strong and resolute under challenging circumstances. Courage includes both aspects of physical valour as well as courage of conviction. Physical courage should be evident in all their actions in military operations. Moral courage is the wisdom to clearly differentiate between the right and the wrong and imbibe the strength of character to choose the harder right, in any situation. Self-sacrifice is essential to leadership and a prime responsibility of a leader. They must see that the needs of thier men are met first, and make their utmost effort in meeting them.

The General Officer also extended the compliments to the 89 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transformation and being fully ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most proficient officers. He addressed them specifically while stating that they will return home with happy memories of their stay at IMA and our country. The training that they have received will benefit them in selfless service of their country. The bonds of friendship forged here with fellow Cadets and faculty will further strengthen the bonds of friendship between our nations.

In the end, he encouraged the Gentleman Cadets to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade and wished all the Gentleman Cadets the very best in the years ahead. The Commandant also congratulated the Parents and dear ones of the Passing Out Course for the achievements of their wards.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: GCs Felicitated For Stellar Performance At Indian Military Academy; Bangladesh Trophy Given To Foreign GC JUO Tenzin Namgay, Check Complete List

The awards are a true recognition of the tremendous achievements of the Gentlemen Cadets and acknowledge their pursuit for excellence not only confined to academics but encompassing the whole range of activities that make for a well rounded and balanced training. The Award Ceremony of Spring Term-22 Passing Out Courses comprising 150 Regular Course and 133 Technical Graduate Course was conducted at the Chetwode Hall, IMA on 08 June 2022. Gentleman Cadets were felicitated by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commandant, Indian Military Academy. He bestowed medals and awards to the outstanding Gentleman Cadets who excelled in various fields during their pre-commission training at the Academy.

The training imparted to the Gentleman Cadets at Indian Military Academy is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of military fundamentals and leadership, as well as proficiency in basic military skills. It aims to develop the qualities of character, intellect, fitness and competence needed by future ready officers, who at all times in their career must be prepared to lead.

The Commandant’s Prize distribution and Award Ceremony is an important event which recognizes and encourages the Gentleman Cadets to achieve excellence at individual level and contribute constructively in team effort to infuse a sense of camaraderie amongst them. Accordingly, Medals and Rolling trophies have been instituted at IMA, which symbolise the highest standards achieved at individual and group level.

On the occasion, the following Gentleman Cadets and Foreign Gentleman Cadets from Friendly Foreign Countries were felicitated: –

Awards List.

S No
Award/ Medal/ Trophy
Awarded For
Awarded To

Medals

1.
PARACHUTE Regt Medal
GC adjudged best in Endurance and Physical Toughness of the POC
GC Ajay Kumar

2.
9 GR Medal
GC standing first in Mil Studies of the POC
GC Himneesh

3.
SIKH Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best Sportsman of the POC
SUO Parttik Bahadur Chhetri

4.
DOGRA Regt & SCOUT Wing Medal
GC adjudged best in Obst Competition of the POC
GC Ajay Kumar

5.
MARATHA LI Medal
GC adjudged best in PT of the POC
ACA Mausam Vats

6.
RAJPUT Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best in Academics of the POC
SUO Arvind Singh Chauhan

7.
SIKH LI Silver Medal (General Bhagat Memorial Medal)
GC adjudged best in Turnout and Drill of the POC
CSM Vivek Kumar

Medals

8.
Corps of SIGNALS Medal
GC standing first in Science and Warfare of the POC
GC Anirudh Rawat

9.
RAJ RIF Medal
GC adjudged best in Tactical Ability of the POC
CQMS Kunal Malhan

10.
JAK Rif Medal
GC adjudged second best in Tactical Ability of the POC
BCA Ketan Patial

11.
Brigade of the GUARDS Medal
GC adjudged best in Service Subjects of the POC
AUO Niraj Singh Papola

12.
JAT Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best in OQ of the POC
ACA Mausam Vats

13.
5 GR(FF) Medal
GC adjudged best Shot in LMG of the POC
JUO Aman Ahlawat

14.
8 GR Medal “Sam Manekshaw Medal”
GC adjudged best in WT of the POC
GC Rajyavardhan Singh

Trophies

15.
Grenadiers Trophy
GC adjudged best Shot in INSAS Rif of the POC
GC Rajyavardhan Singh

16.
Motivation Trophy
GC adjudged Most Motivated GC of the POC
BUO Utkarsh Nainwal

17.
Col HH Raja Sir Harindar Singh Brar, Bans Bahadur, KCSI, Raja of Faridkot Trophy
GC Adjudged Best in INSAS LMG
JUO Aman Ahlawat

18.
Maj Shaitan Singh, PVC (Posthumous) Trophy presented by 30thReg Course
GC Adjudged Best in WT
Sgt Divyansh Chand

19.
Deccan Horse Trophy
GC Adjudged Best Rider of POC
JUO JP Dorji

20.
8th Course Re-Union Trophy
GC Adjudged Best in IT
BCA Rituraj Singh

21.
Bangladesh Trophy
Best All Round FGC of the POC
JUO Tenzin Namgay

S No Award/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For CoyBn
1.KUMAON TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Inter Coy ChampionshipSangroTh Bn
2.Comdt’s BannerBn Standing overall first in Inter Bn ChampionshipManekshaw Bn

BOOK PRIZES FOR INDL EXCELLENCE

SPRING TERM 2022

S/ NoAward/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To
1.M & D ClubGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC) adjudged best in M&D Club ActivityBCA Rituraj Singh
2.Journalism ClubGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC ) adjudged best in Journalism Club ActivityGC Aditya Singh
3.AcademicsGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC) standing second in AcademicsBCA Ketan Patial

ROLLING TROPHIES TO COYs & BNs

SPRING TERM 2022

S NoAward/Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To CoyBn
1.Sir Alwyn Ezra TrophyCoy Standing First in Weapon TrgCassinoBh Bn
2.The Nawab of Jora TrophyCoy Standing Second in Weapon TrgKerenBh Bn
3.Inter Coy Physical Trg CupCoy Standing Overall First in Physical TrgImphalMa Bn
4.3rd GORKHA Regt TrophyCoy Standing Overall second in Physical TrgSangroTh Bn
5.Burma Army TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in SportsSangroTh Bn
6.Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in SportsImphalMa Bn
7.Admiral Sushil Kumar, AVSM, NM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Professional CompetitionSangroTh Bn
8.Central Indian Horse TrophyCoy Standing First in Eqtn CompetitionNausheraCa Bn
9.PBG TrophyCoy Standing Second in Eqtn CompetitionZojilaMa Bn
10.Governor of Uttarakhand TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in AcademicsKohimaCa Bn
11.ADG AE TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in AcademicsPoonchCa Bn
12.DG Sigs Silver Trophy Bn Standing Overall First in Inter Coy IT Competition  Manekshaw Bn
13.Jat Regt TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in Professional CompetitionJessoreMa Bn
14.Army Cdr ARTRAC BannerCoy Standing Overall Second in Inter Coy ChampionshipKerenBh Bn

AWARD OF COURSE COMPLETION & DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE TO ELIGIBLE FGCs OF POC SPRING TERM 2022

S No CountryNo of Eligible FGCs for Course Completion Cert / DiplomaGC Earmarked to Receive
Course Completion Certificate
1.Afghanistan43GC Jamal Mosawery
2.Bhutan18GC Phuntsho Tashi
3.Kyrgyzstan1GC Taalaibek Kalabekov
4.Maldives3GC Ali Amir
5.Nepal1GC Samir Kumar Budhathoki
6.Sri Lanka3GC SKV Pabasara
7.Tajikistan19GC Qurbonali Siyovushi
8.Tanzania1GC Fahad Salum Ally
Total89 

The Commandant in his address mentioned that battlefield today has extended beyond the frontline, the operational spectrum has become complex, and the adversary does not follow rules. Conflicts today are multi-dimensional with fusion of contact and non-contact warfare, networks, information, and cyber warfare waged by state as well as non-state actors. The future would require soldiers to not only have deep understanding of nature of modern warfare but also be adept and trained to operate in a climate of complex battle field environment. He further elaborated that in the military, when the situation gets tough, armed forces rise to the level of expectations of own and their units, organisation, and the country. Therein, the military leaders have to rely on battle drills & quick-decision making to outsmart & outclass the enemy. Leadership therefore remains a key determinant of victory. The young warrior leaders must endear themselves to their soldiers and inspire them towards selfless and brave conduct.

The Commandant commended all for having achieved such high standards despite the constraints and challenges due to the spread of COVID-19. The Commandant wished the course all the success and glory ahead in the various arms and services allotted to them.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Graduation Ceremony Of Army Cadet College 119th Course Held At Khetarpal Auditorium

The Army Cadet College is an integral wing of the Indian Military Academy. The college was established with the aim to train and induct deserving soldiers into officer cadre. A total of 40 Cadets of the Army Cadet College (ACC) Wing graduated on 03 Jun 2022 and were awarded degree during the presentation ceremony at the Khetarpal cof the Indian Military Academy. These degrees were conferred upon the Cadets by the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commandant, Indian Military Academy. 

The Army Cadet College has a rich history of training select personnel from other ranks of all the three Services who display potential to become officers in the Indian Army. After three years of training at the Army Cadet College, the Cadets of the graduating course will join the Indian Military Academy for one year for their Pre-Commissioning Training. The ACC cadets commissioned as officers have deep prior understanding of a soldier’s life and have done the nation proud through their varied achievements.

Brigadier Shailesh Sati, Commander ACC Wing, in his address, highlighted the commitment & dedication shown by the Cadets of the Graduating course. He also appreciated the Cadets for their all round excellence despite the challenges faced due to COVID restrictions.

The Commandant, Indian Military Academy, in his convocation address, congratulated the Course for successfully completing their three years of rigorous training at the Army Cadet College Wing.

In his address he congratulated the passing out cadets for having crossed this milestone in their professional career after completing three years of rigorous training at the college. He said this graduation today, represents a major milestone in their professional growth and development.

He emphasised upon important aspects of military way of life which includes firstly, the motto of ACC Wing – ‘Duty is SUPREME’ as the guiding principle in honouring the commitment towards Nation. Second, important aspect is “leadership by example” as superiors and the subordinates will judge & follow the conduct of the officer. Then comes the “courage” which includes both aspects of physical valor as well as ‘courage of conviction’ to choose the harder right, come what may and lastly the “positive attitude” which will lead to invent, innovate and institute norms of leadership to achieve organisation goals.

The Award Winners of 119 Army Cadet College Wing Course are as follows:-

COAS Medals.

Gold Medal : CSM Arsh Kumar.

Silver Medal : WCC Abhinash Sharma.

Bronze Medal : WCA Harpreet Singh.

Commandant’s Silver Medals.

First in Service Subjects      : WCA Harpreet Singh.

First in Humanities Stream : CQMS Nishant Sangle.

First in Science Stream : CQMS Sachidanand Tiwari.

On this occasion, Commandant, IMA, also awarded the Commandant’s Banner to the Champion Kargil Company of Army Cadet College. The Banner is awarded to the Company, which excels in various competitions like Sports, Academics, Camps, Debates and Interior Economy. In the end, the Commandant complimented Brigadier Shailesh Sati, Commander Army Cadet College Wing, and his team of instructors, Faculty Members for their diligent efforts in shaping the Cadets into potential officers. He also appreciated the stellar contribution being made by the ACC Wing in ongoing transformational efforts of IMA.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Passing Out Parade to be Held on June 11

The Indian Military Academy at Dehradun stands tall amongst its peers across the world. Since its raising in 1932, a total of 61044 Indian Gentleman Cadets(GCs) and  2724 Foreign GCs from 33 friendly foreign countries have been trained and commissioned as proud Army officers from the portals of IMA. With current strength of foreign trainees, almost every fourth GC in the academy is from a foreign military reflecting the stellar international standing of the Academy and its reputed training regime. The academy has been pursuing a visionary transformation of its curriculum, training methodology and infrastructure towards preparing the young military leaders for the complexities of the future battlefield.

IMA is currently preparing for its Spring Term Passing Out Parade which shall witness 377 smart, proficient GCs passing out. This includes 89 foreign trainees from eight countries The ceremonies associated with the Passing Out Parade will commence on 10 Jun 22, with a solemn wreath laying ceremony, where homage will be paid to the brave alumni of this prestigious training academy, 898 of whom have made the supreme sacrifice to uphold the honour of the Nation and protect its Sovereignty, in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

The passing out parade will be held on Saturday, 11 Jun 2022 in the backdrop of the famous Chetwode Building. Band Symphony and Multi Activity Display are also part of the events being showcased during the POP ST-22. The parents & the family members of the Passing Out Gentleman Cadets shall be attending the events and also solemnise the pipping ceremony albeit with strict enforcement of all COVID protocols.