New Delhi: Passing Out Parade at the Cadets Training Wing, College of Military Engineering (CME) at Pune was held on Saturday. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General P.P. Malhotra, Commandant CME. Thirty four Gentlemen Cadets of the 36th Technical Entry Scheme Course, including four gentlemen cadets from Bhutan, were commissioned as officers.
The passing out parade was conducted with traditional military regalia and splendour. Though parents of the passing out course could not attend the ceremony owing to Covid-19 restrictions, the parade was streamed live on several channels including YouTube. CME Commandant, Lieutenant General PP Malhotra also presented several awards to the Gentlemen Cadets for excellence in training.
The Officers Training Academy Commandant’s Gold Medal and the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command Gold Medal were awarded to Wing Cadet Captain Shivanshu Singh for all round excellence in training. The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command Silver Medal was awarded to Wing Quartermaster Nageshwar Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Commmand Bronze Medal to Platoon Cadet Captain Abhishek and Foxtrot Platoon was awarded the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command Banner for emerging as the Champion Platoon in the Inter Platoon Competitions.
Addressing the parade, which included five Bhutanese Gentleman Cadets, the General Officer congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets for their performance in the training period at the wing and the immaculate parade in the morning. Lieutenant General P.P. Malhotra highlighted that the cadets were at the cusp of a new beginning as military leaders and on their broad shoulders lay the future of our gallant Army and the nation.
He urged the future officers to make their nation and the alma mater proud by rendering selfless and honourable service. He also stressed on imbibing ethics and values. The passing out parade was followed by pipping and an oath taking ceremony.
Cadets Training Wing came into existence in the year 2000 to train and induct technically trained and competent officers into the Indian Army. Nestled in a niche in the salubrious and environment friendly campus of the renowned College of Military Engineering, the Cadets Training Wing has emerged as a premier pre-commission training establishment for induction into the Indian Army through the Technical Entry Scheme route.
Aimed at creating a culture of technologically competent officers in the Indian Army, the motto—‘Power through Knowledge’ aptly epitomizss the underlying ethos of the Wing. Gentlemen Cadets join the Wing after one year of military training at Officers Training Academy, Gaya and undergo a physically and mentally challenging regime with technical training concurrent with training on military aspects. Though commissioned after three years at the Cadets Training Wing, the officers remain at the College for another year to complete the last year of their Engineering degree course.
Besides being a feeder institution to the Indian Army, Gentlemen Cadets from the friendly neighbours also undergo training at this wing and cadets from Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar are trainees currently.