It was a festive atmosphere at the Sainik School here, the first in a series of 24 such institutions in the country, with one of its former students bagging the coveted 'Sword of Honour' at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.
"We are all celebrating. After all, it is not every day that one of your students wins this highest recognition at the Academy, which turns out trained pilots for the Air Force," school principal Col V N Chaturvedi said.
Flying officer Tejas Kawale (21) bagged the prestigious 'Sword of Honour' on Saturday last week at the passing out parade of the Academy. He was among the four former students of the school, who passed out through the portals of the Academy that day.
Tejas, who incidentally shares his name with an indigenous combat jet, also commanded the parade which had Marshal of the Fleet Arjan Singh, DFC as the reviewing officer.
"It was a proud moment for Tejas and his parents as he was awarded the 'President's Plaque' and the Sword. Earlier, during the Reviewing Officer's dinner night, he was also awarded the 'Most Accomplished Cadet of the Passing out Course' and the 'Best in Officer Like Qualities' trophy and is also first in Flying Merit of his course," the principal said.