Pune: The parents and relatives of the cadets, who had gathered in a large number, felt proud of their achievement during the Passing Out Parade (POP) held at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla on Wednesday.
Akshat Raj, hailing from West Champaran in Bihar, received the President’s Gold Medal. He told Sakal Times, “This is because of my parents’ support and sacrifices that I am here and I got the gold medal because of my instructors’ guidance. The academy has taught me how to make friends even in tough times. The training was adventurous and a great learning experience.” Raj is an Army cadet and his father is a teacher and mother a homemaker.
Another cadet Md Sohail Islam, who is from West Bengal, received the President’s Silver Medal. “I feel pleased and proud after three years of training. I would like to thank each person, who is directly or indirectly involved in the training, especially my parents and the highly qualified instructors. I would like to thank each one ranging from the waiters in the mess to the sweepers, instructors (ustaads) in the field to the masters in the classroom. Each one of them was helping me in the journey, all the love and affection, which they gave was huge,” Sohail said.
He added, “My father, an ex-serviceman, is the reason why I am here. He always wanted me to join the Army, though I wanted to become an engineer. He told me that you should continue the legacy of serving the Army.”
Sohail, an Army cadet, will join the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun for further training before being commissioned.
Ali Ahmed Choudhury, hailing from Karimganj district of Assam, who received the President’s Bronze Medal, said, “The training is tough, both mentally and physically, but I made it. I would like to thank my parents, my brother and school teachers. I have spent my life in and around the Army, as my father was in the Indian Army. He retired as a Subedar, so I have seen many officers and I felt like becoming one.”
His father Subedar AR Choudhury (Retd) said, “I am glad that my sons are carrying the legacy of serving the Armed Forces. My other son Ali Akbar Choudhury (twin of Ahmed) will be a graduate of the IMA in a few days.”