By Sunil Sonker
MUSSOORIE 14 Dec: Fifteen Assistant Commandants joined the mainstream of the ITBP after completing a year-long tough and rigorous training at the ITBP Academy, here. On the occasion, a colourful Passing Out Parade was organised at the Parade Ground of the Academy, during which these young officers took the oath for loyalty and dedication to the Nation.
SS Deswal, Director General, ITBP, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and took the salute and reviewed the Parade. In his address, Deswal congratulated the passing out young officers. He said that ITBP was a well disciplined and highly trained Mountain Border Guarding Force deployed on the BOPs up to 19,000 feet, where the temperature dipped to minus 45 Degree Celsius. He said the force was providing security to the vital installations abroad, Internal Security, Disaster Management and other special tasks. The ITBP always led from the front. He said the force had great expectations from young officers. He expressed the hope that their training would go a long way in enabling these young officers to face challenges in their professional careers. They ought to take the profound experience of operational areas, especially BOPs.
SS Deswal also congratulated the trainee officers who have been assessed to be best in various subjects and awarded the “Sword of Honour’ and Winners’ Trophies. AC/GD Karan was awarded as the Overall Best and Best in Conduct and the Sword of Honour. AC/GD Uday Pratap Gautam was Best in Outdoor Activities and Best Sportsman, AC/GD Vivek Dharnia was Best in Indoor Activities and Best Marksman, and AC/GD Abhishek Rathore was Best in Endurance.
PS Papta, Inspector General and Director, Academy, welcomed all the invitees – distinguished local public representatives, retired and serving ITBP officers, officers of the local administration and others. He described the training imparted to these passing out officers during the foundation course and reiterated the commitment of the Academy to keeping the standard of training high.
During the training session the officers were given training on various Military and Police related subjects like Tactics, Weapon handling, Physical training, Intelligence, field engineering, map reading, military administration, law and human rights related issues. This batch included 3 officers from Haryana, 2 each from UP, MP, Delhi and Kerala, 1 each from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand states.
Parents of newly officers also witness the passing out parade. They cheered up these youngsters by blessing and placing the ranks on their shoulders. The passing out parade function was concluded with the thrilling and enchanting demonstration of marshal arts and band displayed by himveers.