As many as 403 cadets, including 14 foreign cadets from friendly countries, were conferred degrees in social sciences, science and computer science by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the National Defence Academy’s (NDA) convocation for the 128th course on Friday. JNU Vice-Chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory was the chief guest on the occasion.
Of the 403 cadets, 185 received BSc degrees, 162 BSc degrees in computer science and 56 BA degrees in social science.
Division cadet captain Dinesh Kumar won the Commandant’s Silver Medal and the Chief of Army Staff Trophy, which was presented by General K Sundarji, for standing first in science with the highest Final Grade Point Average (FGPA).
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Battalion cadet Adjutant S Mehta bagged the Commandant’s Silver Medal and the Admiral’s Trophy, which was presented by Admiral Suresh Mehta, for standing first in computer science stream.
Cadet KC Sinha bagged the Commandant’s Silver Medal and the Chief of Air Staff Trophy, which was presented by Air Chief Marshal N C Suri, for standing first in social science stream with highest FGPA.
Cadet Sinha also bagged the Chief of Naval Staff Trophy, which was presented by Admiral OS Dawson, PVSM, AVSM (retd), for standing first among all the three streams.
NDA Commandant,Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar said, “Apart from being ever ready for conventional wars, an officer in the armed forces today routinely finds himself involved in a variety of situations. Be it in internal security duties or being deployed as a part of the UN detachment mediating between two warring factions, or simply providing succour to non-resident Indians caught in a war-torn land. It is essential for an officer to be armed with adequate knowledge of subjects such as history, political science and geography.”
Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor Major General Ashok Ambre gave the vote of thanks. The passing out parade of the batch, which will be held Saturday, is slated to be reviewed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.