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Way2k 3 Oct 2012
NDA plans to introduce engg courses

If the National Defence Academy (NDA) here has its way, the science and arts (BS c/ BA) degrees being awarded to its cadets by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, will soon make way for the University of Pune’s bachelor of engineering (BE) and BA (honours) degrees. The academy is working on a plan to replace its science degree course with an engineering course, involving military specialisation, for the cadets joining the NDA from the 127th course Spring Term 2012, which started in January. The first batch of such cadets will pass out from the NDA in 2015, although they will get their engineering degrees a year later, in 2016, when they will pass out from their respective officers training academies.

NDA plans to introduce engg courses

This arrangement has been envisaged as the training duration at the NDA is of three years, while the engineering degree course duration is of four years. Commandant of NDA Lt Gen Jatinder Singh told reporters on Tuesday, 22nd May; the shift from science to engineering degree has been necessitated by the academy’s need to keep pace with the rapid changes in the field of higher and technical education. We have to ensure that the cadets develop their core competencies in engineering studies at the NDA before they move on to military specialisation in the final year at the finishing academies, he said.

A major focus of the specially designed four-year engineering course will be on emerging technologies and the requirement of the services, he added. Singh said, we are working with the University of Pune (UoP) on details required for finalisation of the engineering degree plan. The All India Council for Technical Education, which regulates technical education in the country, has given its formal approval to the four-year course. The plan will go effective after a gazette notification is issued and a formal MoU is signed with the UoP. On the NDAs long-standing association with the JNU, Singh said that the JNU is a well-established national university that has a major thrust on the social sciences studies.

However, the University of Pune’s proximity to the academy makes sense for the NDA to be associated with it. Such association will also enable much better faculty development, usage of facilities and expert guidance, he said. Referring to upgradation of training infrastructure, Singh said, The air force training team of the academy will soon acquire five more super dimona aircraft that will greatly enhance the efficiency of its training of air force cadets. Similarly, an advanced training vessel will be acquired in the next two to three months for the training of naval cadets.

The infrastructure for the army training team is also being upgraded, he said. On the security concerns in the wake of reports that the NDA is one of the prime targets of terrorist attacks, Singh said, it’s a matter of concern for everybody. There will be elements who will try some mischief, but we are alive to the situation and have taken necessary steps to deal with the concern.

Gen V. K. Singh to review passing out parade on May 30:

Chief of Army Staff General V. K. Singh will be the reviewing officer at the passing out parade of the 122nd course at the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, on May 30. This will be one of the last assignments for Singh as he retires from service on May 31. Incidentally, it comes at the place where it all began for Singh, who is an alumnus of the 36th course Hunter squadron at the NDA. As many as 362 cadets, including 22 foreign cadets from friendly countries, will pass out from the 122nd course. Of these, 248 are army cadets, 70 air force cadets and 44 naval cadets.

The NDA is currently training a total of 2,063 cadets, which includes the 386 cadets who joined the Spring Term 2012 in January. In all 73 cadets from Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Maldives and Afghanistan are part of this intake. The passing out parade will be preceded by the academy’s convocation ceremony on May 29. Vice-chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University Prof A. D. N Bajpai, who is also secretary general of the Association of Indian University, will be the chief guest at the convocation ceremony.

Courtesy: Times of India

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