IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army

The Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square on June 8, 2019. A total of 382 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) took oath to serve the nation till their last breathe. Among the newly commissioned officers, Lt Reza Khalid preferred to serve in the Indian Army over joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

Lt Khalid who hails from Ranchi, cleared the entrance examinations of IIT and also of BITS Palani in the first attempt. But the the officer chose to join the armed forces. Lt Khalid joined the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla in 2015. After three years of training at the institute, he was for one year at the IMA. The officer’s father Mohammed Khalid is retired government employee from the state food department.

Lt Reza Khali’s Media Interaction:

Talking to media, Lt Khalid said that he joined the Indian Army as wnted to serve the nation. He further added that he wanted respect, dignity and power in life, which he will get by joining the armed forces. The officer was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On Saturday a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

Indian Military Academy’s Gentleman Cadet Amul Rawal Dies After Falling Into Gorge During Night Navigation Exercise

In a tragic incident, Amul, Rawal, a Gentleman Cadet of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun lost his life during training exercise on May 6 when he fell into a deep gorge during night navigation exercise. This exercise is conducted every year for the second term cadets.

Rawal was an ex-National Defence Academy (NDA) cadet, who joined the IMA in January this into the second term after three years of training at the premier institute in Pune. The GC sustained a head injury and was given a medical attention on the spot. Indian Military Academy POP 2018: 347 GCs Commissioned Into The Indian Army.

Rawal was immediate rushed in an ambulance to Military hospital under a supervision of a medical officer. However, he succumbed to his injuries and was declared brought dead.. Rawal belonged to Haryana’s Karnal and would been commissioned into the Indian Army in December this year. A procedural Court of Inquiry has been ordered to probe the matter.

(Picture Courtesy: IMA)

Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers

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Col. Govardhan Gopal Gudur

The Indian Army lost a brave officer, Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur last week. Col Gudur, Commanding officer of the Sikh Li Regiment was born on October 23, 1977 in Bangaluru. He cleared his 10th and 12th boards from Kendriya Vidylaya (KV) Kanpur and KV Chandigarh. Even after clearing IIT Entrance Exam he preferred to join the National Defence Academy (NDA). He joined the 96th Course of the academy in Kilo Squadron and passed out from the Mike Squadron as Battalion Cadet Captain.

On May 13, 2000 Col Gudur commissioned into the Sikh Li Regiment as Lieutenant. He immediately became Ghatak Platoon Commander. With his hard work and dedication he lifted the Divison Trophy as platoon commander. He also achieved top 10 position in the JC course at Infantry School Mhow. He also held the prestigious appointment in Armoured Brigade at Jaisalmer.

He also served as a Tactical Training Officer at the NDA from August 2009 to March 11. He is popularly known as 3G among cadets for his image as a strict trainer. Col Gudur was also appointed as the Military Advisor to the President of Seychelles from March 14 to March 16. On October 4, 2016 he took over the command of Sikh Li Regiment as the Commanding Officer at Tibri Cantt, Gurdaspur, Punjab.

Col Gudur sharing his real life experiences as a peace keeper in Lake Kivu and Katanga regions of Congo:

His unit also took over operational responsibility on April 1, 2018 at Kokrajhar in Assam. His untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of his loved ones. He is survived by his wife Harshita Gudur and his son Medhansh Gudur.

May his soul Rest in Peace.

Jai Hind

Former DGMO Lt.Gen. Ranbir Singh Who Announced Surgical Strikes is Now Northern Army Commander; Lt.Gen. Devraj Anbu Takes Charge as Vice Chief Of Army Staff

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Lt. Gen RAnbir Singh (Picture Courtesy: Twitter)

Lt General Ranbir Singh, who informed the media about surgical strikes in Pakistan, has assumed the charge of Northern Army commander. He replaced Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, who is now Vice Chief of Army Staff. The 58-year-old Lt. Gen. will be the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command. The command is stationed at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt.Gen. Singh was the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) when Indian Army commandos conducted the surgical strikes against insurgent camps in Myanmar in June 2015 and also when India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan to destroy terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29, 2016. He briefed the media about the operations. The Northern Army Commander is likely to be in the race of the Army Chief’s post after General Bipin Rawat. He has also served as a Colonel and Brigadier in the military operations directorate.

Lt. Gen. Singh was commissioned into the 9th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment in 1980. He has also commanded a Mountain Brigade, an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps. As part of his international assignments, he served in United Peace Keeping missions at Rwanda and Chief Operations Officer at Sudan.

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Lt. Gen Devraj Anbu (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@PIB_India)

Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu also assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on Friday. He succeeded Lt.Gen.Sarath Chand. The baton was handed over to Lt.Gen. Anbu by Lt. Gen. Chand in a ceremony at South Block in Delhi.

Lt.Gen. Anbu is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into the 14 Sikh Light Infantry on June 7, 1980. Lt. Gen. Anbu has served in all types of operational environment including  Siachen Glacier, counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast. He also served in‘OP PAWAN’ in Sri Lanka.

During his 37-year military career, the General Officer commanded his unit during ‘OP PARAKRAM’, an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control in the Kashmir Valley,. He also commanded a Mountain Division in Sikkim, the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan and Gajraj Corps in the Eastern Theatre. The General has been awarded the Sena Medal (Gallantry) for operations in ‘OP Meghdoot’, Yudh Seva Medal during command of the Brigade, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal during command of the Division and Uttam Yudh Seva Medal during the command of an elite operational Corps.

Lt. Gen. Anbu was the Instructor at the National Defence Academy. As part of his international assignments he served as an International Military Observer with UN Peacekeeping Mission at Namibia.