Air chief marshal Arup Raha said here on Sunday that defence forces of the country have come of age and were ready to face any challenge in future.
Raha, who was here to attend the 55th founders' day of Punjab Public School at Nabha as chief guest, said, "Our armed forces are the best when it comes to technological power. All major countries in the world are looking up to India and are keen to enhance cooperation with our country."
Speaking on the occasion, he exhorted the youngsters to join the defence forces to serve the country. He said not only in armed forces, the country has a stronghold in the field of information technology as well.
"India has excelled in every field. However, our economy is lagging behind and has not grown as it had in the past, but we are hopeful that India will achieve the highest place internationally in the near future," Raha added.
On his arrival, he inspected a guard of honour and witnessed the equestrian and taekwondo display by students.
Raha said it was an outstanding day for him as he had witnessed the display of exceptional skills of students in different events.
"The alumni of the school, who had excelled in different field, stands testimony of quality education and facilities in the school", Raha said, while lauding the role of the school in churning out dedicated officers on a regular basis.
Raha said young students have all the energy, therefore, they should take up responsibility of providing best leadership in a disciplined manner.
"If all individuals inject discipline in their lives, India will become a more disciplined nation," he added.
Earlier, principal of the school Jagpreet Singh read out the annual report and highlighted major achievements of students in the recent past.
Meanwhile, Raha also conferred the roll of honour award on professor Jagmohan Raju, an alumnus, who is presently a senior marketing professor at Wharton School of Business, and life-time achievement award on veteran KPK Tandon, who served the school for more than three decades.
The chief guest also visited various exhibitions and inaugurated the new convergence laboratory for students. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion included Lt Gen TK Sapru (retd), SSP Hardial Singh Mann and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Nabha Amarbir Kaur Bhullar.