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The Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal has given nod for allotting two acres land for setting up Defence Services Officers Institute (DSOI) at SAS Nagar (Mohali). The government has also decided to open an academy exclusively for girls to impart them coaching for joining the armed forces.
The CM conveyed this to Lieutenant General Philip Campose, the Western Army Commander, who called on the former at his residence this morning.
The Commander is moving to Delhi to take over as vice-chief of army staff on August 1. In his place, Lt Gen Kamal Jit Singh has been appointed as general officer commanding-in-chief, western command.
The CM said he had directed the officers of the state government to find a suitable chunk of land in Mohali, which could be given to the army on lease for setting up this institute.
“The state government is fully committed to the well-being of the defence personnel who render outstanding services to our motherland,” Parkash Singh Badal said.
Badal also impressed upon Lieutenant General Campose to expedite the process of setting up a service selection centre (north) at Ropar.
“The state government has already allotted 200 acres of its prime land at Ropar for setting up this service selection centre, which would further brighten the prospects of the youth of the state to join the armed forces,” he added.
Dwelling on another issue, the CM also asked the western army commander to explore the viability of setting up skill training centres in the state as a joint venture of the state government and the Army.
He said, “It is the need of the hour to impart technical training to the youth of the state so that they could be gainfully self-employed.”
“Lt Gen Campose said that Maharaja Ranjit Singh Preparatory Academy was a unique step in this direction. On the other hand, Prakash Singh Badal apprised him that the state government would soon open a similar academy exclusively for girls to impart them coaching for joining the armed forces,” said an official.