A total of 469 cadets were inducted into the Indian army as officers in Uttarakhand's capital city Dehradun after a passing-out parade at the prestigious Indian Military Academy
The historic and imposing Chetwode Building of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) was the perfect backdrop to the spellbinding passing out parade of 519 gentlemen cadets of the 137 Regular and 120th Training Graduate (TG) Courses, who were the cynosure of all eyes on Saturday morning. While 469 of the cadets were commissioned in the Indian army, fifty were foreign cadets from countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.
Over 2,000 people had gathered at the venue much before the parade began. The last night drizzle had made the air nippy and there was a distinct chill which however slowly dispersed as the sun came out.
For most people though, their eyes were riveted on the majestic Chetwode Building named after Philip Chetwode, commander-in-chief of Indian forces who delivered a stirring address at the inauguration of the academy in 1932, a part of which has now become the IMA credo. Even before the parade started, the audience could hear the loud roar of the cadets, practicing at the far end of the academy.
The parade began soon after the arrival of the reviewing officer, army chief, General Dalbir Singh, who arrived on a four-horse carriage, originally belonging to the Maharaja of Patiala, which was gifted by the erstwhile royal family to the academy.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen Singh, said that he was transported back in time to 42 years ago, when as a gentleman cadet, he had participated in a similar passing out parade while graduating from the academy. “This is a very important day in your lives as you join the Indian Army and take the pledge of serving the country,” the Army chief said, advising the cadets to “lead by example.” He also quoted from the IMA credo to emphasize the responsibility which each officer had: “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”
The majestic parade came to an end after each of the cadets had taken the ‘antim pag’, the final step inside the Chetwode Building symbolising their induction as officers in the Indian Army. A highlight of the parade was the fly past of three choppers that dropped flowers on the venue from the air which lent a festive touch to the entire atmosphere.
Although the reviewing officer changes every year, there are some aspects of the parade which are standard and are looked forward to by all the attendees. Amongst them, the helicopter fly past with the showering of petals on the cadets as they move towards the 'antim pag' and again a fly past with the flags of army, navy and air force, as the last cadet takes the final step, are moments that are etched in the minds of visitors.So far IMA has trained 57854 officers
The below pictures are for those who were eagerly waiting for the pictures of POP
|50 foreign cadets from countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.|
With 74 cadets commissioned as officers into the Indian Army, Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states with the most cadets passing out ,others are as under
Haryana stood second with 67 cadets
Uttarakhand,Bihar & Rajasthan third with 29 cadets
Kerala & Punjab fourth with 51 cadets
Interestingly, there was not even a single representation from Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Pondicherry, while one cadet each was from Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
The newly formed state of Telangana had seven officers, while 12 cadets each were from Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, and 16 from Jammu and Kashmir.Karnataka and Jharkhand had 11 and seven cadets, respectively. The eastern states of Manipur and Assam had eight and five officers, respectively.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh and Odisha had three and two cadets, respectively.
The Sword of Honour and Bronze Medal was awarded to AUO Lalit Thapiyal (Dehradoon,UK)who was adjudged as the Best All-Round Cadet during the training.
AUO Abhishek Singh(Sambhal,UP) Chief of Army Staff Gold Medal for the first position in the course
BUO Ravi Somanagouda Mukimani was given Silver Medal for the second position.
GC Iqbal Singh Gill Silver Medal TGC
Nabin Shreshta(Nepal) - Best Foreign Gentleman Cadet
Chief of Army Staff Banner-Hajipir Company(Alok Negi)
For most of the cadets, Infantry and Artillery remain the choice of service with 117 and 87 cadets respectively being absorbed into these branches
Vikrant Vijayant Singh
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