VP Malik, Chief of the Army Staff, reviewed the passing-out
parade of 106 Regular, 89th Technical and 8th University Entry
Scheme Courses alongwith the Gentlemen Cadets of friendly
foreign countries at Indian Military Academy in May this year.
The Army Chief laid the
wreath at the IMA War Memorial. Since the inception of IMA in
1932, the Academy has a proud record of having 551 decorated
officers including 450 officers who laid down their lives in
total of 516 Gentlemen Cadets including 11 foreign and 4 Assam
Rifles GCs passed out. 400 GCs of Regular Course, 93 GCs of
Technical Graduates and University Entry Scheme Courses and 23
GCs of SCO Course were among the passing-out Gentlemen Cadets.
parade, smartly formed up in Drill Square, first presented
General Salute to Maj Gen VS Karnik, Deputy Commandant and
Chief Instructor. Thereafter, the Commandant of the Academy,
Lt Gen Yuvraj Mehta, arrived and was received with the General
Salute. Reviewing Officer of the passing- out parade, Gen VP
Malik arrived and was given the General Salute. He inspected
the parade accompanied by the Parade Commander, AVO GP
Singh and the Commandant. The colour party was commanded by
BCA MS Gill.
The companies then
marched past and re-formed on the inspection line which was
followed by a fly-past presented by Army Aviation Corps
Reviewing Officer gave away the main awards to the winners.
Sword of Honour was awarded to GC CS Mankotia. This is awarded
to the best all-round Gentleman Cadet standing first in order
of merit in the Regular Course. Gold Medal was awarded to GC
Digvijay Singh standing first in order of merit in the Regular
Course. Silver Medal, which is awarded to GC standing second
in the order of merit in Regular Course, was bagged by GC CS
Mankotia. GC Surjeet Singh Tanwar was given Bronze Medal which
is awarded to the GC standing third in the Regular Course. The
Silver Medal for Technical Graduates Course for standing first
in the order of merit was awarded to GC Iqrar Singh Samyal.
the passing-out GCs, Gen Malik said that they would have the
honour to lead the finest and most committed soldiers in the
world. He further added, "in the last 50 years India has
faced many challenges from outside and within the country.
The Army had been the
most important force which has secured the nation through
every period of adversity." The General emphasised that
victory in Kargil had been largely due to the outstanding
leadership provided by young officers who showed indomitable
courage, dedication and determination and most of these young
officers had passed out from IMA."
-Col Shruti Kant