498 cadets pass out of Indian Military Academy

December 13th, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Dehradun, Dec 13 (ANI): A batch of 498 cadets pass out of Indian Military Academy (IMA) at a glittering ceremony here today.

This year’’s batch includes 24 foreign cadets and six Assam rifles GCs.

Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor who was present during the ceremony, said: “Today’’s parade was conducted in a proper manner and the standards these cadets produced were incomparable. There is no doubt that from the standards produced by these cadets, the youths would definitely feel enthusiastic in joining the academy.”

During the ceremony, Academy Cadet Adjutant Abhishek Gargmukh, was honoured with Gold Medal, whereas Academy under officer Atul Kumar Rai and Senior under officer Kundan Kumar were honored with silver and bronze medals respectively.

The cadets celebrated in the customary way by tossing their caps in the air to the sound of drums.

“We have to finish terrorism from its roots. We can”t expect it to vanish by sitting without putting any efforts. Corruption should be removed and every person should take a step towards it,” said Lieutenant Lokesh Chauhan, a pass out cadet.

The historic Chetwode Drill Square of the IMA resounded with booming commands and the thumping of young, determined heels as enthusiastic parents, friends and relatives of the cadets watched the young men, soon to become commissioned officers of the Indian Army.

“I can”t express my feelings at this moment. My son is doing something for the country and it is enough for me. I do fear the moment if my son would confront a militant but at least I am assured of this fact that his life will save many innocent lives,” said Laxmi Chauhan, mother of a passing out cadet.

The IMA was established on October 1, 1932, with Brigadier I.P. Collins as the commandant. (ANI)

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