A total of 283 cadets passed out from the National Defence Academy (NDA) here after a glittering Passing Out Parade at the Khetrapal Parade Ground inside the campus.
The "graduated" cadets included 179 cadets from the Army, 35 from the Navy and 56 from the Air Force. There were 13 foreign cadets from friendly countries - Bhutan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan - who also passed out from the academy.
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, who was the Reviewing Officer, was received by NDA Commandant Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler at the Parade Ground.
Bhamre, while addressing the Passing-out-Course cadets, complemented them for "their good turnout and exceptional drill movements".
He congratulated the cadets, especially the award winner, and urged them to rise and answer the clarion call of the nation to serve it selflessly and sacrificially.
He thanked the parents for sending their children to the Academy and said that the entire nation was proud of them.
He also appreciated the efforts put in by the Commandant and the entire training staff at NDA for "having trained such fine cadets and honed their skills".
Academy Cadet Captain Chandrakant Acharya won the President's Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit.
Academy Cadet Adjutant Hemant Poonia won the Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Squadron Cadet Captain AS Dhatt won the Bronze Medal for standing third in the overall order of merit.
The 'November Squadron' bagged the prestigious 'Chief of Staff Banner' which was ceremonially presented during the parade.
The event included aerobatic display by Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team.
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