The Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Indian Military Academy’s (IMA’s) spring term will take place on June 13 at the historic Chetwode Drill Square. Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the reviewing officer of the parade. This time due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents of the gentlemen cadets will not be able to attend the IMA POP Spring Term 2020. However, the entire POP will be live streamed on the official youtube channel of the Indian Army -ADGPI. DD News will also live telecast the IMA POP from 6 am onwards. Social distancing would be followed during the parade. GCs would also wear masks during the entire POP. IMA POP Spring Term 2020: Award Ceremony Takes Place at Indian Military Academy.
The training of the GCs in the academy was stalled for sometime after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed by the Centre in March. During this period, the outdoor activities were stopped, but GCs attended the online classes. The training was then carried out as per provisions announced by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19. IMA PRO Lt Col Amit Dagar said, “The protocols issued by the government of India and the Ministry of Health related to COVID-19 has been followed from the very beginning in the campus. Initially, as per the lockdown did stall. However, as the advisories came out, social distancing and physical distancing was maintained.”
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He added that the training schedue was modified and wear mask was made mandatory in the academy. In this POP, 333 GCs will be commissioned into the Indian Army, while 90 GCs from the friendly foreign countries will also join their respective armies after the Passing Out Parade. A day before the POP, The Gentlemen Cadets paid their homage at the War Memorial.
On June 11, the Commandant’s Parade for Spring Term 2020 was held at the Chetwode Hall. The Commandant’s Parade marked the culmination of training of 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries. Owing to the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, only the IMA staff and other the trainees witnessed the impressive Parade. Social distancing was also followed during the parade.