National Defence Academy (NDA) commandant Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill Wednesday said that unstructured training no longer exists in the NDA. He was talking to reporters ahead of the Passing out Parade scheduled May 31.
Replying to a question asked by The Indian Express as to whether the NDA needs to adopt more scientific means of training cadets,especially in the backdrop of death of cadet Ajitesh Goel in February,Gill said the training pattern at the NDA is approved by headquarters and is scientific. It is designed by people who know their job, he said. The unstructured training at the NDA,for instance the physical punishments,squadron-level practices that may build extra physical stress on cadets – have been a point of discussion at many forums,especially after the death of cadet Goel in February.
Emphasising the newly focused academic reforms,Gill said the academic training in NDA has become more technology-centric. He said that in a bid to prepare the cadets for a career in the Armed Forces,almost 20 per cent of the syllabi have become tech-centric.
Gill said that missile technology and defence application courses such as Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) warfare aspects have been recently inducted in the NDA syllabus. In fact as an outcome of the same philosophy,the NDA had also implemented BTech degrees for the cadets in affiliation with the University of Pune. The plans,however,did not materialise and Gill said BTech degree has now been scrapped and NDA will continue to offer BSc and BA degrees to cadets.
Meanwhile,the NDA commandant will be attending the foundation ceremony of the Indian National Defence University (INDU) Thursday,sources said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be laying the foundation stone for INDU at Binola,Gurgaon Thursday.
INDU has been conceptualised to develop and propagate higher education in Defence Studies,Defence Management,Defence Science and Technology and promote policy oriented research related to defence.