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President Kovind at NDA passing out ceremony: Cadets have become role models to youngsters

The President said that a soldier or an officer in uniform, irrespective of whether he or she is from the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, evokes admiration and trust everywhere in the country.

pune Updated: May 30, 2018 21:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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President Ram Nath Kovind reviewing the passing out parade. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The National Defence Academy is more than just a training facility. It has inculcated a resolve and spirit of national service in generations of cadets and officers. The cadets have become role models to youngsters, guarantors of our peace and prosperity, and guardians of our nation,” said President Ram Nath Kovind, on Wednesday.

President Kovind was speaking after reviewing the passing out parade of the 134th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla near Pune. He is the second president to review the parade after late APJ Abdul Kalam.

The President said that a soldier or an officer in uniform, irrespective of whether he or she is from the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, evokes admiration and trust everywhere in the country.

“If a fellow citizen sees a member of the Armed Forces at a railway station or a market or at any other place, there is an immediate emotion of pride and reassurance. This is due to their unparalleled and unquestioning service to the nation in times of war and peace, on the border or within the country or during a natural calamity. The Armed Forces represent the best of the Indian ethos,” said President Ram Nath Kovind.

He also added that the NDA is more than just a training facility; it is the crucible of valour and bravery. It is because of their heritage that in December 1978, President Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy conferred the President’s Colours, an honour bestowed in recognition of exceptional service, on NDA, he added.

A total of 344 cadets graduated from the academy as they passed through the portals of the prestigious Khetrapal parade ground. The group included 238 cadets from the Army, 26 cadets from the Navy and 80 cadets from the Air Force.

Fifteen cadets from friendly foreign countries also passed out from the academy. The cadets are from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Lesotho and Tajikistan.

Akshat Raj, Battalion Cadet Captain, won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Md Sohail Islam, Academy Cadet Captain, won the Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Ali Ahmed Choudhury, Squadron Cadet Captain, won the Bronze Medal for standing third. Kilo Squadron bagged the prestigious Chiefs of Staff banner for being the champion squadron and were presented the award at the parade.

First Published: May 30, 2018 21:43 IST