686 GCs, including 71 foreigners, step out of IMA as Army officers
The Indian Army became richer by 615 'Scholar Warriors' after 686 Gentlemen Cadets, including 71 from friendly foreign countries, took the 'antim step' out of the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) today in a spectacular Autumn Passing Out Parade (POP) in presence of the Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh.
The GCs, who have received rigorous 17 hours daily all-round training which also covered technical, psychological and communication aspects apart from physical, scholastic and traditional warfare skills, showd tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal to put up an excellent parade in front of an august gathering.
After the pipping ceremony by proud parents and oath ceremony by priests of all major religions, the joyous GCs hugged each others and kissed the soil of their alma mater in an emotionally charged atmosphere.
Uttar Pradesh is again leading with 76 cadets this year, followed by 50 of Haryana.
However, the martial tradition of Uttarakhand continued to dominate with as many as 46 GCs hailing from the tiny hill state.
The 71 foreign cadets hailed from Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Mauritius and Tajikistan.
GC Sudip Kumar was the proud recipient of the Sword of Honour while the Gold medal was bagged by Vikram Mann.
The presence of young officers from militancy or naxalism hit states like Jammu and Kashmir (14), Jharkhand (5) Chhattisgarh (2), Meghalaya (2), Assam (4), Manipur (4), Nagaland and Tripura one each was a welcome sign.
The South Indian states, with Andhra (13), Kerala (11), Karnataka (9) and Tamil Nadu (5) also showed improved representation.
The representation of other northwestern states was also good. There were army officers from Maharashtra (30,) Rajasthan (25), Himachal (22), Punjab (20), Delhi (20) Madhya Pradesh (23), Bihar (13), West Bengal (10), Orissa (5) and Gujarat (05).
However, no youth from Goa, Sikkim, Andaman-Nicobar, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman ans Diev and Lakshdweep came forward to guard the national borders as army officer during the Autumn POP, 2012 today.