STEEL IN OUR SPINE

NDA | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1954

India Today - - STATES - —Kaushik Deka

THE BATTLE PLAN

In 1941, Lord Lin­lith­gow, then Viceroy of In­dia, re­ceived £100,000 in gift from the Su­danese gov­ern­ment for the sac­ri­fices of In­dian troops in the lib­er­a­tion of Su­dan in the sec­ond world war. As the war ended, on May 2, 1945, a com­mit­tee headed by then Com­man­der-in-Chief Field Mar­shal Claude Auchin­leck was set up to ex­am­ine the fea­si­bil­ity of form­ing an in­sti­tu­tion for train­ing of­fi­cers of the armed forces jointly. A re­port it sumbit­ted in De­cem­ber 1946 rec­om­mended a Joint Ser­vices Mil­i­tary Acad­emy. Post-In­de­pen­dence, the Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee im­me­di­ately be­gan to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions, ini­ti­at­ing ac­tion to com­mis­sion a per­ma­nent de­fence acad­emy and search­ing for a suitable site. Fol­low­ing par­ti­tion, £30,000 from Su­dan’s mon­e­tary gift went to Pak­istan. The In­dian Army de­cided to use these funds to partly cover the cost of the con­struc­tion of the Na­tional De­fence Acad­emy. Jawa­har­lal Nehru laid its foun­da­tion on Oc­to­ber 6, 1949 and it was for­mally com­mis­sioned on De­cem­ber 7, 1954. The first batch of 190 cadets started train­ing on Jan­uary 11, 1949. Cur­rently, NDA trains over 300 cadets ev­ery year. The acad­emy re­cently pro­cured some 300 tablets for cadets do­ing a BTech and for naval cadets in the fifth and sixth terms.

PTI

CADETS IN UNI­FORM Af­ter the pass­ing out pa­rade

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