The New Indian Express Photo: Indian Army officers hoist Afghanistan cadet in the air during the graduation day at the OTA, on Saturday | Albin Mathew
Fifteen cadets of the Afghan National Army (ANA) completed their training at the Indian Army’s Officers Training Academy and were commissioned as officers.
The Afghan army cadets were among 279 cadets who passed out of the academy on Saturday during a parade in the presence of General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief of Army’s Eastern Command, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi.
According to an official release carried in a report by The Times of India, the batch comprised 230 men, 33 women and 16 foreign cadets — 15 from Afghanistan and one cadet from Lesoto, South Africa.
The statement further added that the cadets were commissioned as ‘officers’ after completion of the vigorous training at the academy.
In his address to the cadets, Lt Gen. Bakhshi urged the newly commissioned officers to comprehend the fine qualities expected from them and constantly endeavour to be fully equipped to meet up the responsibilities and expectations.
Insisting on formidable image of the Indian Army at home and abroad for its professionalism, patriotism and discipline, Gen. Bakhshi told the officers to “remember the troops you will command are the finest in the world and you must treat them decently and with respect”.
Later, he presented the “Sword of Honour” for Best All Round Gentlemen/Lady Cadet to Senior Under Officer Pragun Bali and the “Gold medal” for standing first in the Order of Merit to Battalion cadet Adjutant Vishwaraj Singh.