This Day and Date of 11 Jun 2022 will go down in the history of IMA as another landmark milestone, where a total of 377 Gentleman Cadets of 150 Regular Course and 133 Technical Graduate Course, including 89 Gentleman Cadets from eight friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of Indian Military Academy.
The Gentleman Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of ‘Col Bogey’, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection including those watching the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.
It was a matter of rare honour that Lt Gen Amardeep Singh Bhinder, AVSM, VSM, ADC, GOC-in-C, South Western Command, was present as the Reviewing Officer of the Parade. He congratulated the Gentleman Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA.
He also, complimented the Instructors and Gentleman Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.
The Reviewing Officer, complimented the Foreign Gentleman Cadets and said “I would like to compliment all the Eighty-Nine (89) Gentleman Cadets from various Friendly Foreign Countries who have come to India and successfully completed their training at IMA, Dehradun.
I am sure, you as ambassadors of your country will carry back a treasure trove of good memories of the place and training with you which you can cherish for a lifetime. The training imparted by the Indian Military Academy will be a bedrock for your growth both professionally and personally and will strengthen the friendly ties between all our armies.
The IMA takes pride in its rich legacy and the saga of valour & sacrifice etched by its brave alumni. This premier institution of international repute has in recent past undertaken major transformational initiatives to produce future ready warrior leaders well versed with realities of a technology intensive battlefield and its challenges. Leadership development programme, modern infrastructure supporting blended learning and establishment of innovation lab have been at the core of comprehensive reviews recently progressed to ensure a dynamic training regime.
While addressing the Passing out Course, the Reviewing Officer, exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He told the Gentlemen Cadets about, the challenges that our great Nation is facing today at the regional and global level. He emphasised that physical and mental toughness alone are not enough to tackle modem day threats of the country, but as military leaders, officers will have to develop a strategic mindset, cultivate an adaptive temperament and acquire the mental resilience essential to hone the skills for military leadership. He exhorted that the advancement in technology has often been driven by military dynamics and that modern day military leader, must embrace this technological drift and understand the seamless synergy required between men and machines
The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards :-
- The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA Mausam Vats.
- Gold Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to AUO Niraj Singh Papola.
- Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to ACA Mausam Vats.
- Bronze Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to BCA Ketan Patial.
- Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to JUO Digaant Garg.
- Bangladesh Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to JUO Tenzin Namgay.
- Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Sangro Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2022.