Two cadets of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute commissioned as officers
Two cadets of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) earned their commission as officers in the Armed Forces on Saturday.
The total number of AFPI cadets commissioned as officers is now 71; the number is expected to further increase on June 12 when the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy will be held.
Gentleman cadet Barjot Singh Dhillon passed out from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai, on completion of his training of the 111 SSC course. Barjot had joined AFPI in 2011 as part of the institute’s first course. He hails from Patiala. His father, Kuldeep Singh, is a technician and mother, Gurpreet Kaur, is a teacher in a government school. He has two sisters. The passing out parade was reviewed by Lt Gen YK Joshi, army commander, Northern Command.
Cadet Vishvajit Singh joined AFPI as part of the institute’s fifth course in 2015. On completion, he joined the National Defence Academy as part of the 138 NDA course. Thereafter, he went on to join the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, for one-year final training. His father, Vikram Singh, is a hotelier and mother, Man Mohinder, is a house wife. His grandfather, late Lt Gen Gurinder Singh, was a former army commander of the Northern Command. The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, flag officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command.
Passing out parade of the 140 NDA course was held at Khadakwasla, Maharashtra, and was reviewed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh. As many as 16 cadets from AFPI passed out from NDA. They will do one more year of training at respective service academies before being commissioned as officers.
So far, 162 AFPI cadets have joined NDA and other service academies from the first eight courses. Of these, 71 have become officers.
Currently there are three courses underway at AFPI. Cadets of the ninth AFPI course are in Class 12 and are waiting to take final board exams, for which dates are expected to be finalised soon. Cadets of the tenth AFPI course are studying in Class 12 and are now busy preparing for the NDA entrance exam scheduled to be held in September this year. Forty-two boys have been selected as part of the 11th AFPI course which commenced training on May 24. Due to Covid restrictions, however, all training is being carried out online.
Notwithstanding the interruption to normal training routine in the period between January 2020 and May 2021, as many as 28 cadets of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI have joined NDA and other service academies.