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IMA passing out parade: 636 new officers pledge to protect nation’s pride

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, June 15, 2014
First Published: 15:21 IST(15/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:42 IST(15/6/2014)

A total of 636 Indians and 64 cadets from the friendly foreign nations graduated from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, after the completion of the ‘final step’ at the Chetwode hall on Saturday.

The cadets have now been inducted into the Indian army as officers. The cadets from the neighbouring countries Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia have also been inducted as officers in the respective armies of their countries.

Nepalese army Chief SD Gaurav Shumsher  Rana was the reviewing officer of the Passing out Parade at the IMA.

Earlier, the commandant IMA lieutenant general Manvender Singh, deputy commandant IMA major general YS Mahiwal, general officer commanding in chief lieutenant general Sanjeev Madhok and the Nepalese army chief was brought to the drill ground of the IMA in the Patiala coach driven by horses.

The Patiala coach was gifted to the IMA in 1969, by Bhupender Singh, the king of the erstwhile Patiala royal estate.

In his address to the cadets of the passing out batch, Nepalese army chief SD SD Gaurav Shumsher  Rana said that India and Nepal had strong cultural ties and the training at IMA is valued by them.

“Becoming an officer is not just about gaining knowledge of military procedures and training, but there is more to it, which comes from practical knowledge,” said the chief.

The Nepalese army chief handed over the medals to the meritorious cadets of the IMA for excellence in training.

Vishal Dahiya received the gold medal, while  Vishal Kalkal was given the silver medal. The bronze medal was received by Sidharth Tiwari. Jigme Dorji of Bhutan was adjudged as the best foreign cadet. The Chief of Army Staff banner was given to the Sangro Company.

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