Pune: The convocation ceremony of 134th National Defence Academy (NDA) course was held at Habibullah Hall, NDA on Tuesday. A total of 336 cadets were conferred the degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, which included 81 cadets in science stream, 191 cadets in computer science stream and 64 cadets in arts stream. Eight cadets from friendly foreign countries were also awarded degrees during the programme.
These cadets will pass out from the tri-services academy on Wednesday in a Passing Out Parade which will be reviewed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The chief guest for the occasion was Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). He was received by Air Marshal IP Vipin, Commandant, NDA. After the commandant’s address, the academic report of Spring Term - 2018 was presented by OP Shukla, Principal, NDA.
The chief guest in his convocation address congratulated the cadets of the passing out the course for undergoing the training with dedication and hard work. He emphasised the role and importance of Armed Forces in shaping India and also motivated future military leaders to carry forward the professionalism and ethos imbibed at the academy towards the service of the nation. He also urged the cadets to keep themselves updated and strive to become ‘scholar warriors’.
“Soldiering has got physical dimension and mental dimension. But also, more important is the moral dimension. You have to assert moral authority in front of your command. You have to lead by personal example and lead from the front, then the victory will be yours. Another aspect of the moral dimension is you must differentiate between the right and the wrong.
Distinguish between the other right and the easier wrong. Lives of men under you depend on the decisions you take,”
Lt Gen Dua told the cadets, who were accompanied by their parents and relatives.
He also asked the cadets to abreast with latest technologies which keep evolving. “There will be upsets, failures. Take them as challenges. Be candid about your failures, only then you will be able to improve. My last advice to all of you is be humble in success, be impartial in judgement and be compassionate in dealing with your subordinates. Be sincere and honest to truly be a soldier and gentleman,” Dua, an ex-NDA, exhorted the cadets.