Dibrugarh, 29 May: The ceremonial passing out parade of 140th course of National Defence Academy (NDA) was conducted at Khetarpal Parade Ground, NDA, Khadakwasla today. Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) reviewed the parade.
Although, the conduct of the parade was modified to ensure strict adherence of all COVID-19 protocols, the paramountcy and the grandeur of this remarkable event for the passing out cadets remained fully sacrosanct.
A total of 696 cadets participated in the parade of which 311 cadets were from the 140th course. The passing out course comprised 215 Army cadets, 44 Naval cadets and 52 Air Force cadets including 18 cadets from Friendly Foreign Countries (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Maldives, Bhutan, Tansania, Turkmenistan, Fiji, Tajikistan and Myanmar).
Unfortunately, the parents of the passing out Cadets could not be invited due to the unprecedented situations posed by COVID-19 & travel restrictions imposed across the nation. While the passing out Cadets will be moved from NDA to their respective Pre-Commissioning Training Academies, the junior courses will resume their training of ensuing terms on 07 Jun 21.
The awardees during the parade include Battalion Cadet Adjutant Mausam Vats winning the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit, Divisional Cadet Captain Jaywant Tamrakar winning the President’s Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Battalion Cadet Captain Niraj Singh Papola winning the President’s Bronze Medal for standing third in the overall order of merit. Golf Squadron bagged the prestigious ‘Chiefs of Staff Banner’, for being the Champion Squadron of the Spring Term 2021.