At a recently held Passing out Parade of 134 courses of the National Defence Academy (NDA), the President of Indian, Ram Nath Kovind, who was also the Reviewing Officer, applauded the men and women in uniform, and said that an officer in uniform evokes only admiration and trust from the populace of the country.
A total of 344 cadets graduated from the academy and walked on the prestigious Khetrapal Parade Ground, near Pune. As per reports, of the 344 cadets who graduated 238 cadets from the passing out contingent included 15 cadets from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Lesotho and Tajikistan, these countries are few amongst many that are considered as friendly to India.
The passing out parade, according to reports, also witnessed Cadet PM Kiran bagging the Chief of the Air Staff trophy, which was presented by Air Chief Marshal NC Suri, for standing first in Social Science stream. While CSM SS Bisht was awarded the Admiral’s Trophy by Admiral Sureesh Mehta for standing first in BSc (Computer Science), Academy Cadet Adjutant GK Reddy received the Chief of Army Staff trophy from General K Sundarji for standing first in the Science stream.
Moreover, other awards like – the President’s Gold Medal was awarded to Battalion Cadet Captain Akshat Raj for standing first in overall order of merit, Academy Cadet Captain Md Sohail Islam was given the Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Squadron Cadet Captain Ali Ahmed Choudhary received the Bronze Medal for standing third in the overall order of merit. The prestigious ‘Chiefs of Staff Banner’, was given to ‘Kilo’ Squadron for being the Champion Squadron.
Furthermore, the Hon’ble President of India Ram Nath Kovind, addressing the gathering opined that at the Armed Forces it is not only about doing a job but is also about answering a calling. “Today, the cadets have become role models for our young people, guarantors of our peace and prosperity, and guardians of our nation,” said President Kovind. He also expressed confidence that the graduating cadets would prove more than worthy successors to the unflinching and fearless officers who have preceded them.
The Indian President further added that when a fellow citizen sees a member of the Armed Forces at any public place like a railway station or a market, there is an immediate emotion of pride and reassurance within the individual, and this is because of the unparalleled and unquestioning service the men and women in uniform offer to the nation in times of war and peace, be it at the border or within the country or during a natural calamity.