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NewsDSSC Wellington Hosts Grand Convocation Ceremony for 79th Staff Course Graduates

DSSC Wellington Hosts Grand Convocation Ceremony for 79th Staff Course Graduates

Among the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of the prestigious Manekshaw Medal to three officers from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, respectively, for achieving the highest order of merit in their respective services.

Amidst an atmosphere brimming with pride and anticipation, the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, played host to the prestigious Convocation Ceremony for the 79th Staff Course on April 13th, 2024.

The occasion marked the culmination of months of rigorous training and academic pursuits for 476 officers, including 36 officers from 26 friendly foreign countries, who graduated from the esteemed institution.

Lieutenant General Virendra Vats, the Commandant of DSSC, delivered an impassioned Convocation Address, urging the future leaders to remain steadfast in their quest for knowledge and to embrace their roles as catalysts of change within the armed forces.

Emphasizing the importance of promoting a #JointCulture and ethos imbibed during their tenure at DSSC, Lt Gen Vats inspired the graduating officers to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and unity across all branches of the armed forces.

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During the convocation, Lt Gen Vats encouraged the newly graduated officers, whom he referred to as “future leaders,” to continue their pursuit of knowledge and to be pioneers of change within the Armed Forces. He highlighted the importance of fostering a joint military culture and ethos, which the officers have been exposed to during their time at the college.

The ceremony also recognized outstanding achievements in military studies and group exercises. The Manekshaw Medal was awarded to Maj BPS Mankotia of the Indian Army, Cdr Ravikant Tiwari of the Indian Navy, and Wg Cdr T Mohan of the Indian Air Force for their exemplary performance. Additionally, Maj C Teeneshwaran from the Republic of Singapore received the Southern Star Medal as the top international student officer.

The Convocation Ceremony was not only a celebration of academic achievement but also an opportunity to recognize and honor meritorious officers who excelled in military studies and demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

Several officers and groups were awarded medals and felicitated for their outstanding performance in exercises and research projects conducted during the course.

Among the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of the prestigious Manekshaw Medal to three officers from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, respectively, for achieving the highest order of merit in their respective services.

This accolade symbolizes excellence and leadership of the highest caliber, paying homage to the legendary Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

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In a testament to the international cooperation and camaraderie fostered at DSSC, Major C Teeneshwaran from the Republic of Singapore was awarded the coveted Southern Star Medal for being adjudged the Best amongst International Student Officers.

His exemplary performance and dedication exemplify the spirit of collaboration and friendship that transcends borders and strengthens global alliances.

The Convocation Ceremony at DSSC, Wellington, underscored the institution’s commitment to nurturing future leaders and fostering a culture of excellence and innovation within the armed forces.

As the graduating officers embark on their respective journeys, they carry with them the invaluable lessons and experiences gained at DSSC, poised to make significant contributions to the defense and security of their nations.

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The event also served as a reminder of the importance of joint training and tri-services synergy in preparing the armed forces for the complex challenges of the modern world.

Through collaboration, cooperation, and shared values, the graduating officers are equipped to confront any obstacle with courage, resilience, and unwavering determination, upholding the proud legacy of DSSC and the armed forces at large.

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Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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