Indian Army OTA Gaya. Passing Out Parade, Spring Term 2022. 56 Indian GCs & 08 GCs from Friendly Foreign Countries will be passing out from the portals of OTA, Gaya on 11 Jun 2022. The occasion will be solemnised by the proud parents of the Passing Out Course. Cadets of SCO 48th course and TES 39th course will be passing out.
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All About Officers Training Academy (OTA) Gaya:
Officers Training Academy (OTA) Gaya is a premier Pre-Commission Training Academy (PCTA) of the Indian Army, established in the erstwhile location of Army Service Corps (ASC) Centre (North). Gaya Military Station, in the pre-independence days, had a historical distinction of being the Operation Centre of Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief of British India Army who steered the initial operations of the Burma Campaign from here. He later became the penultimate Viceroy of India.
The motto of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Gaya – ‘Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp’
A Gentleman Cadet on joining OTA, Gaya, undergoes Basic Military Training aimed at overall development into a tough soldier and innovative intellectual. The Gentleman Cadets undergo rigorous military training for a period of one year at OTA, Gaya. A continuous, quantified, structured and systemic training is imparted and Gentleman Cadets are assessed in major discipline such as officer qualities, service subjects, physical training, drill, academics. They also undertake mutual assessment.
OTA Gaya, set up in 2011, is located amid an estate of approximately 870 acres in the hilly terrain of Paharpur at Gaya. The academy is located en route from Gaya to Bodhgaya, approx 7 km from Gaya railway station. The international airport of Gaya is adjacent to the academy. In its vicinity is Bodhgaya, an international tourism destination. Gaya Cantonment dates back to World War II, as one of the headquarters of the British Army.
To mark the commencement of the academy, a flag hoisting ceremony was solemnised and the consecration of the raising of the academy was carried out in true secular tradition of the Indian Army, with recital of scriptures from holy books of different religions.
The academy has been equipped with state of the art training facilities, at par with other pre-commissioning training institutions.
The insignia of Officers Training Academy, Gaya has a two-colour background, with upper half as grey and the lower half blood-red, having two cross swords superimposed with the Dharmchakra.
The first batch of 149 trainee-officers underwent training in the academy during the period July 2011 to Jun 2012 and the first passing out parade was conducted on 8 June 2012. The second batch after successful completion of their training (January 2012 – December 2012) passed out on 8 December 2012. A total of 176 cadets from TES 26 and SCO 29 courses passed out on 8 December 2012. The academy had capacity to train 350 cadets. Lt Gen Sunil Srivastava, VSM (double bar) is the current commandant of the academy, having taken charge in 2018. In December 2019 the Defence Ministry gave the go-ahead to shut OTA Gaya due to lack of intake and technicalities.
Also recently in the news, the IMA passing out parade would be held on June 11 in which a total of 377 gentleman cadets will graduate from the academy. They will be commissioned as officers in the Indian Army. For more information check out: Indian Military Academy Passing Out Parade IMA POP To Be Held On 11 June 2022
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