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350 cadets pass out of Officers' Training Academy, Chennai

Senior Under Officer Kuldeep Singh Baduriya receiving the ‘Sword of Honour’ from Lt Gen Ashok Singh,  Army Commander, Southern Command, for standing first in over all order of merit at the passing out parade of the Officers' Training Academy, Chennai on September 14, 2013.
Senior Under Officer Kuldeep Singh Baduriya receiving the ‘Sword of Honour’ from Lt Gen Ashok Singh, Army Commander, Southern Command, for standing first in over all order of merit at the passing out parade of the Officers' Training Academy, Chennai on September 14, 2013.
 
As many as 350 cadets, including 70 lady cadets and 20 foreign cadets from Afghanistan, passed out of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) of the Indian Army in a glorious military parade here today.
 
The cadets had attended and passed the 49-week Short Service Commission (SSC) 96 and SSW (Women) 10 courses.
 
The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen Ashok Singh,  Army Commander, Southern Command along with Lt Gen S S Jog, Commandant, OTA, Chennai.  
 
The parade was witnessed by the proud parents of the passing out course, civilian dignitaries, cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and selected school students of Chennai alongwith the officers and families of OTA and Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala (ATNK&K) area.
 
Lt Gen Singh reminded the cadets the responsibilities they are going to shoulder while commanding the troops.  He urged the cadets to dedicate themselves with utmost sincerity and devotion to uphold the honour and safety of the country.
 
The coveted Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Basantar Company. 
 
Senior Under Officer Kuldeep Singh Baduriya received the ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in over all order of merit.  
 
The Gold Medal and Silver Medal for standing second and third  were awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant Yengal Dasu Rajesh  and Junior Under Officer Nitin Singh Bisht  respectively.  
 
The cadets were pipped by their parents in front of the Parameshwaran Parade Ground.  The event was followed by an oath taking ceremony and National Anthem. 
 
Apart from the President’s Commission to join the world’s third largest army, each of the newly commissioned Lieutenants would be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies  by the University of Madras. 
 
“We are really excited to join our units and want to experience the real life a soldier is undergoing… most of us will be going to borders where our units are deployed.” said a visibly elated JUO Kanishk Sethi who is a fourth generation officer and is commissioned into Mechanised Infantry.
 
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