New Delhi: Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh reviewed the Passing out Parade of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun today where 377 gentlemen cadets (GCs) of 145 Regular Course, 128 Technical Graduate Course, including 71 GCs from ten friendly countries passed out from the portals of the Academy.
Singh wished all the GCs on the Armed Forces Flag Day and said, “Today, the whole country is celebrating Armed Forces Flag Day. Therefore, you should also take oath that in the times to come you will keep the flag of our Armed Force high at all costs and circumstances.”
Singh said, “Pakistan, has made terrorism its state policy. Our neighbour has lost four times in direct fights; however, it is still not shying away from its sinister design. The whole world is aware the mastermind of 9/11 attacks and head of Al Qaida were found in Pakistan. The whole world is also aware that terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba, who are perpetrators of 26/11, are sitting in Pakistan.”
Exhorting the GCs the Defence Minister said, “Therefore, you have to be prepare yourself to fight terrorism bravely. Our Government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy against terrorism, which has led to some positive results.” The GCs displayed enthusiasm and put up an impressive show, marching to Military tunes of ‘Col Bogey’, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja.’
Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, Rajnath Singh complimented all GCs for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.
Singh also complimented the 71 Gentlemen Cadets from friendly countries who have been in India and at IMA for one year. He said “I am sure you as ambassadors of your country will carry back a treasure of good memories of the place and training with you and will cherish them for a lifetime. The IMA has imparted training to you which will form the bedrock for your growth both professionally and personally, and will definitely strengthen the ties between our countries.”
Addressing the Passing out Course, Singh congratulated the GCs on their being commissioned into the Indian Army in service of the nation. He conveyed that the country is proud of those who shall be passing out from the portals of IMA and taking on the challenges that will require many sacrifices, trials and tribulations.
Singh reminded them to always keep in mind the Chetwode Motto and the Honour Code when dealing with the task of being military leaders of the future. He also praised the parents of the passing out course who had motivated their wards for having chosen a Noble Profession.
Singh also announced that IMA Dehradun will soon get two underpasses. These would cost Rs 42.32 crore. These underpasses will enhance the security of IMA and be convenient for the general public.
Rajnath Singh presented the coveted award of the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal to Academy Under Officer Vinay Vilas Garad. Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to Senior Under Officer Peekendra Singh. Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Keren Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2019.
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