Sunday, December 7, 2008

National Defence Academy 60 Glorious Years

A Tribune Supplement
Chandigarh, December 7, 2008

First step in and out of the NDA by Lt Gen Harbhajan Singh (Retd)
It was on a chilly winter dawn in January, 1949, when we arrived at the vacant, almost desolate barracks in Dehradun that housed the newly established Joint Services Wing.

Memories of another day by Maj Gen Raj Mehta (Retd)
I am not a product of the National Defence Academy (NDA) but had the rare privilege of being an Instructor (Military Faculty) there from 1981-1984, as a Captain/Major.

Heroes: NDA’s gift to the nation
  • Param Vir Chakra
  • Ashok Chakra

    Joint training institutions are the answer by Vijay Mohan
    Defence policy built upon supposedly predictable actions of a potential adversary is a dangerous folly.

    Training for leadership by Brig Ravi Palsokar (Retd)
    The National Defence Academy is rightly called the “cradle for leadership”. Here boys (girls are not yet allowed) straight out of school get into a uniform which they take off only after they retire, a service period that covers about 35 to 45 years.

    Shooting Star by Vijay Nohan
    The country’s first individual Olympics medal winner, Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is an alumnus of the NDA’s 77th Course. He had won Silver in shooting in the 2004 Olympics held at Athens.

    Girl who could not make it to NDA by Geetanjali Gayatri
    A pebbled driveway, an imposing old English-style mansion, a nameplate announcing Lt-Col Desraj, and, inside, a picture on the mantelpiece in the drawing room — that was my maternal grandfather for me.

    National Defence Academy

    12 Course Reunion
    14 Course Reunion
    18 Course reunion
    25 Course Reunion
    38 Course reunion

    NDA Pride
    Hut of remembrance
    Sudan Block
    Khetarpal Parade Ground

    Welcome to the web site of the First Course Joint Services Wing
    First Course JSW
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