Thursday, March 7, 2013

Golden Jubilee Celebrations At Officers Training Academy

001 by Chindits
001, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Today, in a glittering ceremony that marked the 50 years of glorious existence of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, this prestigious institution stood high with pride boasting of its illustrious history imprinted fully with valour and service to the Nation. The august gathering assembled in the visitors’ gallery witnessed a splendid parade by the cadets of Officers Training Academy, which terminated with the release of a Postage Stamp, a First Day Cover and a Coffee Table Book named “The Golden Milestone” comprising wonderful photographs of the Officers Training Academy, Chennai since its inception till date.

The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General Surendra Nath, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC). The momentous occasion was graced by more than 500 Alumni of Officer Training Academy and their family members, who came from all over India to be part of this grand event. Maharana of Udaipur and Prince of Arcot were the other distinguished guests who blessed the occasion with their presence.

The parade was followed by Wreath Laying Ceremony at the War Memorial in remembrance of all those who have laid their lives protecting their motherland. Since raising in 1963 this Academy has commissioned more than 27,000 Officers, 2,500 Lady Officers and 400 approximately Officers from friendly foreign countries. The Officers/Lady Officers commissioned from this esteem institution have won many a laurels. They have ensured that the flag of the Academy remains fluttering high. The Academy is proud of being bestowed with 01 Param Vir Chakra, 07 Ashok Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakra, 18 Kirti Chakra, 60 Vir Chakra, 101 Shaurya Chakra, 511 Sena Medal and many more.

The celebration will continue till 08 March 2013 evening. An Officers Training Academy Alumni Association meet also has been planned on 08 March 2013 which will be presided over by Honourable Mr Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh who himself is an alumni of this Academy.

The Commandant of the Academy Lieutenant General SS Jog congratulated all on the occasion including the civilian staff who have also contributed largely for the development of this Academy.

CB Kumar

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