On March 1, the Capt Devashish Sharma Kirti Chakra Parade Ground hosted the Commissioning Ceremony for the 53rd Batch of 30 nursing graduates from the College of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. Maj Gen D Vivekanand, the dean and officiating commandant of AFMC, presided over the event as the chief guest. Brig Subhashini KR, principal of the College of Nursing, AFMC, administered the ‘Oath of Affirmation’ to the newly commissioned nursing officers. The ceremony was attended by parents, faculty, officers, and nursing officers of Pune Garrison.
In his speech, Maj Gen D Vivekanand emphasized the crucial role of military nursing officers as integral members of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), providing care to Army personnel and their families in hospitals situated in various ‘peace and field areas,’ including UN missions. He praised the AFMC faculty for their efforts in guiding and preparing nursing professionals for the Armed Forces.
The chief guest also awarded meritorious students during the ceremony. Lt Vaishnavi Dixit received the Lt Gen KS Master Memorial Silver Medal for securing first place in the final-year Basic BSc Nursing University examination, as well as the Gen Cariappa Rolling Trophy for being the Best All Round Nursing Student. Lt Lata Chauhan was awarded the Silver Jubilee Rolling Trophy and Certificate of Merit for the Best Bedside Nursing Student.