The Bachelor of Technology (BTech) course for Naval cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA) would start from the coming term in July. On similar lines, a BTech course for Air Force cadets is also expected to be started from January next year.
The Indian Express had first reported in October last year that a BTech course in Applied Electronics and Communication Engineering would be launched keeping in mind the increasingly technology-driven nature of modern warfare and also to ensure training compatibility at the Indian Naval Academy (INA).
Cadets join NDA after Class XII and they undergo a three-year training at the end of which they are awarded BA or BSc degrees in Science or Computer Science. Thereafter, these cadets go for a year to the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, INA at Ezhimala or the Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigul for their pre-commissioning training.
Cadets from the Navy who pass out of NDA are awarded a BSc degree and at INA, they are awarded a masters degree in science.
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However, other cadets who directly join INA after Class XII study a four-year engineering course. To bridge the gap between students from the two institutes, a BTech course for naval cadets in NDA was conceived in 2013.
At the convocation ceremony of the 130th course held on Monday, NDA Commandant Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar said, “The academy is about to enhance the technical curriculum and qualification of our cadets by introducing BTech as the fourth stream as requisite approvals from AICTE and JNU have already been obtained. Gone are the days when sheer brute power could win us wars. Today’s warfare is increasingly technology-driven.”
“The syllabus at the NDA is periodically reviewed considering the evolving national and global scenario and necessary correctives applied. We, at the academy, are truly proud of our association with JNU. Introduction of BTech as the fourth stream is one such initiative, which I am sure would help our future officers take on the challenges of national security,” Ashok Kumar added.
NDA officials said that BTech classes would begin from July 16, and a BTech course on similar lines for Air Force cadets is expected to be launched from January 2017. The Indian Express has reported that officers of the Naval Training Team (NTT) and education branch would be given the primary responsibility of co-ordination.