Wednesday, 20 June 2018

IMA Passing Out Parade 09 June 2018: IMA POP -Indian Army Gets 383 Officers

IMA Passing Out Parade 09 June 2018: IMA POP

This year 383 Indian and 74 foreign Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) from 07 friendly foreign countries graduated from the academy. These cadets belonged to 142 Regular,125 Technical Graduate Course and 25 University Entry Scheme (UES)With this course graduating, the total number of cadets passing out of Indian Military Academy till date has gone up to a grand total of 60730, out of which, 2102 are the foreign gentlemen cadets commissioned from IMA.

With 383 Gentlemen Cadets (GC) slated to pass out from the portals of the famed Indian Military Academy (IMA) as officers on Saturday; Uttar Pradesh (UP) leads the State wise table of passing out contingent with 63 cadets. Apart from UP the geographically small States of Haryana and Uttarakhand continue to supply a large number of dedicated young officers to serve the nation. 49 cadets belong to Haryana while Uttarakhand’s contribution is 33. The number of cadets from Bihar in this POP is 35 while Punjab had a contribution of 29 GCs.  The Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh had 22 cadets each in the passing out contingent.

The non inclination of the people of Gujarat in serving in the armed forces is clearly evident this time also as only one GC is from this State. Another big State Andhra Pradesh also fares poorly in the list with only three GCs.

The list also shows that the youths of Telengana are also not much interested to serve the armed forces as only four GCs from here would be part of the passing out contingent. The States of Chhattisgarh and J’khand which were created along with U’khand in the year 2000 also has less representation with only one and eight GCs this time. It is worth mentioning here that both these States are much bigger in area and population than Uttarakhand.

Uttar Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh

The Chetwode drill square of the famed Indian Military Academy (IMA) reverberated with unfaltering, determined footsteps of 457 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) as they marched past with perfect coordination in the Passing out Parade (POP) to become officers in the Indian Army and also in the armies of seven friendly nations on Saturday morning. At the end of the parade, the passing out contingent crossed the Antim Pag (the last step) which heralded start of their career in the armed forces.

The contingent led by Aaditya Neekhara marched to the drill square when the markers call was sounded by five markers stationed atop the historic Chetwode hall at 6.37 am. The marching contingent drew regular applause from the audience for their crisp movement and synergy.

A ceremonial guard of honour was presented to the Chief Guest and Reviewing Officer (RO), the Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, General Rajendra Chhetri, who rode the famous carriage donated to IMA by Maharaja of Patiala, to arrive at the drill square. Other dignitaries like General Officer Commanding in Chief ( GOC in C) of Army Training Command, Manoj Mukund Naravane, IMA Commandant Lt Gen S K Jha and the Deputy Commandant and chief instructor of IMA, Major General J S Nehra also received ceremonial reception by the parade.

In his address, the COAS of Nepal Army General Chhetri thanked the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for inviting him for being the chief guest and RO of the IMA’s POP. He said that there is a deep- rooted trust and goodwill between the people and armed forces of India and Nepal.  Emphasising on the human aspect of soldiering, the RO told the young officers that leadership is all about sharing and caring. He said that in today’s world, the officers should be technically and tactically proficient and one should always strive for excellence. To the Foreign Gentlemen Cadets (FGC), the RO said that they have received the best army training of the world and they should maintain the bond of friendship forged during their days in the academy.
After the address, the awards ceremony was held in which the GC excelling in different fields were felicitated by the RO.

Medals and Sword of Honour:- 

The prestigious Sword of Honour was handed over to ACA Sachin Kumar Chahar for being the GC adjudged the best all around among the GCs of Passing out Course (POC). The gold medal for standing first in the order of merit in regular course was presented to BUO Aaditiya Neekhara while the silver medal in regular course was bestowed on Aatish Sehgal. The bronze medal for GC standing third in merit from the regular course was presented to Kuldeep Nanasaheb Pawar and the silver medal for GC first in order of merit in technical graduate course ( TGC) was presented to Rohit Dilip Patwardhan. SUO Bukhori Saydulloev of Tajikistan was given the silver medal for being the best Foreign Gentlemen Cadet (FGC) of the POC. The Chief of Army Staff banner was handed over to the Miektlia Company, Thimayya Battalion for standing first among 16 companies of academy in the spring term- 2018.

After the POP, the young officers arrived at the sprawling Somnath stadium for pipping ceremony where epaulettes of officers were put on their proud shoulders. It was followed by the young officers taking oath to serve the nation. At the end of the event, the stadium erupted in celebrations as the young officers broke into ecstasy by jumping in the air, hugging one another and doing combined push- ups to the resounding applaud of the audience.

SWORD OF HONOUR ACA Sachin Kumar Chahar

Ref:-Daily Pioneer ,  Amar Ujala,Jagran,Times Of India ,Doordarshan and LIve Hindustan