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700 cadets pass put of Indian Military Academy in Dehradun

DEHRADUN: On a bright Saturday morning, 700 gentlemen cadets, decked in army uniforms, marched with discipline and perfect synchronization on the grounds of Indian Military Academy (IMA) to get commissioned as officers. Chief of Nepal army General Gaurav Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, the reviewing officer for the parade and accompanied by Commandant Lieutenant General Manvender Singh, inspected the guard of honor as army helicopters showered petals from the sky. Addressing the gathering Gen Rana said, "Indian army is an epitome of valor, honour and integrity and I congratulate these men on becoming a part of the same fraternity." For the officers, he added, "The life you have chosen is not risk-free. It is not easy but it is worth living as it is the noblest profession of selfless service."

The coveted 'sword of honor' was awarded to Vishnu Peethambaran from Ernakulam, Kerala, for being the best all-rounder cadet. Vishal Dahiya won the gold medal while Vikash Kalkal bagged the silver. Peethambaran, a second generation officer, credited his success to his father who had served in the army for 28 years. "I have been working for this dream since my school days. First Sainik School, then NDA and now finally IMA. With this I have achieved my goal, this is an overwhelming moment for me and my family, specially my dad who is my inspiration", Peethambaran said. Uttar Pradesh, with 121 cadets, topped the list of the number of candidates enrolled, with Haryana coming second with 62 cadets, followed by Uttarakhand with 57 cadets. Along with 636 Indian cadets, 64 foreign cadets from countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia were commissioned as army officers. 


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