The Indian Military Academy celebrated the passing-out of 490 cadets in Dehradun in a formal ceremony on Saturday. The Army Chief marked his presence to review the parade by the graduating cadets. A number of school children from the city, local citizens and Army personnel attended the ceremony with family and friends.
423 Indian and 67 foreign Gentlemen cadets (GCs) from 10 foreign countries graduated from the academy in the 2017 batch. The cadets will be joining the Army officers soon. The Academy is located about 8 km west of Dehradun, Uttrakhand.
The Army Chief, General Rawat, addressed and congratulated the cadets after the parade and welcomed the team as a part of the culmination of their training. He also reminded the cadets of their duty and the code of conduct saying,
These values are reflected in the IMA’s code of conduct and the Gentlemen Cadets aspiring to high ideals must be demonstrated these at all times.
One of the major issues General Rawat addressed was the Kashmiri resistance against the Army. He said that youth in Jammu and Kashmir is misguided and instigated by social media campaigns against peace. He deemed terrorism the biggest challenge in front of the country.
General Rawat also emphasized upon the entry of women cadets in the Indian Army realizing the need for change. He said that women should be included in combat roles as they are often used as shields by terrorists.
The ceremony started with two army choppers flying over the drill square to shower rose petals on the tarmac. Out of the graduating cadets, Uttar Pradesh had the highest number (74) followed by Haryana (49), Uttarakhand (40), Rajasthan (30), Bihar (28), and Delhi (23.)