Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 12
As many as 12 alumni of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory (*12*) (AFPI), Mohali, had been commissioned as Lieutenants from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, on Saturday.
These cadets had joined the institute in 2015 as half of the Fifth AFPI Course for 2 years. They had been chosen to hitch the National Defence Academy, Kharakvasla, in 2017 as half of the 138th NDA Course and on completion of three years of coaching, proceeded to the IMA for the ultimate yr of pre-commission coaching.
The passing out parade at IMA immediately for the Spring Term – 2021, which comprised the 148th Regular Course and 131st Technical Graduate Course, was reviewed by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen RP Singh. Among the alumni was Lt Loveneet Singh, who was awarded the bronze medal for standing third within the order of advantage.
Maj Gen BS Grewal (retd), Director, AFPI, stated to date 162 cadets from the primary eight programs at AFPI have joined NDA or different service academies and of these 83 have already been commissioned within the Armed Forces. This consists of 68 within the Army, eight within the Navy and 7 within the Air Force. Two extra cadets are anticipated to hitch the Air Force on June 19.
He added that from this yr AFPI has commenced the long-awaited Cadet Training Wing programme, which envisages reaching out to chose colleges in Punjab for coaching and motivating their college students for becoming a member of the armed forces. Over 100 college students finding out in courses 11 and 12 have already enrolled on this enterprise which is predicted to considerably improve the quantity of younger males becoming a member of the armed forces.
Currently, three programs are present process coaching at AFPI. The Ninth Course of 39 cadets has accomplished its two years of coaching just lately. Selected cadets of this course will probably be becoming a member of the NDA shortly. The Tenth Course of 50 cadets is now finding out in Class 12 and will probably be showing for the NDA entrance examination in September this yr, whereas the Eleventh Course of 42 cadets commenced coaching final month.
Since March final yr, all coaching at AFPI has been within the on-line mode as a result of of the Covid-19 pandemic. This extreme restriction however, the (*12*) has been in a position to ship as many 28 cadets to service academies from January 2020 to May 2021.
AFPI alumni have distinguished themselves by profitable varied awards and medals throughout coaching in academies and have additionally been embellished for gallantry in varied operations, together with the latest stand-off with China within the Galwan Valley.