RIMC celebrates Centennial Founder’s Day
By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 13 Mar: Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) presided over the Centennial Founders’ Day celebrations of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), here, today.
RIMC is the first military training institution of the Indian sub-continent which was established on 13 March, 1922, by the Prince of Wales to educate and train Indian youth as part of Indianisation of the Officer cadre of the British Indian Army. Today, RIMC is the premier feeder institute for the prestigious National Defence Academy and Naval Academy, Ezhimala.
The Governor, after being received by Col Ajay Kumar, Commandant, RIMC, was presented a Guard of Honour by the cadets. The patriotic fervor and steely grit was keenly visible in the energy of the Rimcos, a name by which the cadets of RIMC are known.
The Founder’’ Day function was held at the sprawling lawns of Patiala Pavilion. Beginning with lighting of the ceremonial lamp to welcome the dignitaries, it was followed by an exhaustive Annual Report presented by Commandant Col Ajay Kumar. He highlighted how the College had coped with the pandemic and the achievements of cadets during the last two years. The atmosphere reverberated to the cultural programme. The function also witnessed release of the books, ‘Bal-Vivek’ – penned by Cadets about their experiences of growing up at the RIMC, and the book, ‘Valour and Wisdom’, written by the College Old Boys who have illuminated the contribution of the alumni in nation building. A commemorative stamp was also released by the Chief Guest to mark the occasion.
Felicitating the cadets, Governor Singh acknowledged the stellar contribution of RIMC and the alumni in the service of the nation and complimented Team RIMC and the cadets for putting up a novel performance. He urged the cadets to brace for future leadership roles and challenges which will be shaped by rapid changes in technology. Expressing confidence about the forthcoming successful integration of girl cadets into the folds of this prestigious institution, the Governor remarked that it would be yet another golden chapter in the success of RIMC.
Present and former cadets and teachers of RIMC and a large number of senior army officers were present at the function.