OTA Gaya Passing Out Parade June 2020 will be live on Official Indian Army YouTube Channel. Unlike the previous 16 passing out parades (PoP) organised by the Gaya Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), there will be no multi-activity display at the 17th PoP scheduled to be held on June 13. On all previous occasions, a fascinating and adventurous multi-activity display showcasing physical fitness and military skills of the future Army officers used to be held a day ahead of the PoP. Briefing media persons in Gaya on Wednesday, Lt Gen Sunil Srivastava, Gaya OTA commandant said, “A curtailed PoP scheduled for June 13 has been prepared.
However, this curtailment does not mean that the event will, in any manner lack in commitment and enthusiasm.”
The commandant regretted that the cadets will not be displaying their skill and valour through demonstration of horse rides and other martial arts, including conventional martial arts. “It was not possible to hold the celebration as per convention on account of Covid-19 pandemic,” the commandant said.
Lt Gen Sunil Srivastav added that unlike the past POPs, the immediate family members of the inductee officers have not been invited to be present in the memorable event. “Only the 17 special commissioned officers from the lower ranks of the Army, who completed the year-long training in Basic Military Science will be participating in the event,” he said.
He added, “Altogether 81 other trainees of the Gaya OTA, who, after completing the year-long basic military training obtained degrees in Military Engineering from the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad, Military College of Telecommunication Engineering Mhow and College of Military Engineering, Pune, will be inducted at their respective institutes. Five cadets from Bhutan have also been trained by Gaya OTA.”