136th Course Passing Out Parade At National Defence Academy
The Indian Armed Forces got 276 new trainee officers who passed out from the National Defence Academy, Pune. A total of 291 cadets graduated from the Academy as they passed through the portals of the prestigious Khetrapal Parade Ground. This included 218 Army cadets, 34 Navy cadets and 39 Air Force cadets.
15 cadets from the friendly foreign countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Tajikistan, Maldives, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea also passed out from the academy. These cadets will now be joining their respective force academies with Air Force officer cadets going to Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Army officer cadets going to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and Naval officer cadets joining Naval Academy at Cochin.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa As Reviewing Officer
Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the Reviewing Officer for the Passing out Parade of 136th Course at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. The Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said technological advancement and sophistication in fire-arms and combat gear has transformed the range and tempo of warfare, and therefore skills need to be imbibed to face the techno-driven warfare effectively.
"The improvement in the range and power of firearms and combat gear, the introduction of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and the advent of sophisticated electronic and night-fighting capabilities have transformed the range and tempo of warfare," the IAF chief said. Extensive use of digitised communication and high-tech sensors at the operational level, real-time battle-field surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance has made it complex and multi-dimensional, he added.
"Eventually, you have to imbibe the skills and face this techno-driven warfare squarely and effectively," Dhanoa said. The Chief of the air staff who reviewed the parade and addressed the Passing out Course cadets complimented the cadets for their exceptional drill movements and impeccable turnout. He congratulated the parents of the cadets. He also mentioned the pride he felt in reviewing the Parade and made a special mention of the award winners.
The Kilo Squadron Shined By Claiming Chief Of Staff Banner
The National Defence Academy in Pune now has a strength of 2000 cadets. The cadets are divided into 18 squadrons. The ‘Kilo’ Squadron bagged the prestigious ‘Chiefs of Staff Banner’ for being the Champion Squadron during the parade.
The Armed Forces have a shortage of about 9000 officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Army which is sanctioned to have the strength of 49,933 officers is having 42,635. Navy has 9746 officers against the authorized strength of 11,352 and the Air Force at present have the strength of 12,392 officers against the sanctioned strength of the 12,584.
Other Awardees At 136th Passing Out Parade
Battalion Cadet Adjutant K Sahu won the Commandant's Silver Medal and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Trophy for securing the first position in Science stream. Battalion Cadet Captain SKS Chauhan got the Commandant's Silver Medal and the CNS Trophy for standing first in Computer Science stream. Battalion Cadet Captain A Kumar bagged the Commandant's Silver Medal and the CAS Trophy for securing the first position in the Arts stream. Cadet D S Deo won the Commandants' Silver Medal for standing first in B Tech (till the third year of course).
The cadets were conferred degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)-- 55 in Science stream, 114 in Computer Science stream and 82 cadets in Arts stream. Besides, the first batch of B Tech, comprising 32 naval cadets, also received training completion certificate of three years and will be conferred with the degrees after the completion of balance one year of training at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.
Retd. Air Marshal Bhonsle Was The Chief Guest
Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle (Retd), a member of the Union Public Service Commission, who was the chief guest at the convocation ceremony, had said the curriculum at the NDA was a healthy mix of humanities and technology and added that this paradigm shift was needed for India's military leadership in the 21st century. He said the study of humanities builds emotional quotient. Bhonsle said that today's battlefield has moved from land, sea, air to the domain of space and cyber.
As a future military officer, cadets will be faced with diverse challenges, he said. "At one time, you will be asked to lead your men on foot in hills and jungles in a search and cordon operation against terrorists, and at another time you will be asked to outsmart the invisible cyber enemy sitting thousands of mile away or asked to manoeuvre your anti-satellite projectile to shoot down a rogue satellite," he had said.
About National Defence Academy (NDA)
National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla is the dream place for all the aspiring cadets working hard day and night. It is meant to take in senior secondary school pass outs and prepare them for a life in the military. NDA cadets mostly join after 12th or between college depending on age (16.5 yrs - 19.5 yrs). After completion of the NDA course, you have to pass out from one of the three military institutes of the country. Indian Military Academy (IMA) if you are an Army cadet, Indian Naval Academy if you are a Naval cadet and Indian Air Force Academy if you are an Air Force cadet.