Chandigarh, December 10, 2015: Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute honoured twenty two cadets who brought laurels to the institute during the current year by joining the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and the Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala. These cadets alongwith their parents were the guests of honour at the Achiever’s Awards Ceremony held at AFPI, Mohali on 10 Dec. It may be recalled that in Jan 2015 one cadet Gurvansh Singh Gosal joined the National Defence Academy standing first in the overall merit list at the national level. Also one cadet joined Indian Naval Academy. Thereafter, in June 2015, 20 more cadets joined NDA as part of 134 NDA Course.
AFPI has so far sent 51 cadets to NDA and INA from its first three batches. It has emerged as a primary feeder institute to these academies and has achieved the best results in the country during the last two years.
The Achiever Awards ceremony was presided over by Lt Gen SR Ghosh (Retired), former Army Commander Western Command. Speaking on the occasion, Gen Ghosh complimented the successful cadets and expressed the hope that their training at AFPI will give them a good launch pad for achieving excellence in their training at the service academies. He also praised the laudable efforts put in by Director AFPI Maj Gen BS Grewal and the entire faculty for achieving exemplary results in such a short span of time.
Parents of the cadets expressed their gratitude to AFPI by making a presentation of a statue of an infantry soldier in full combat gear to the institute.
Director AFPI said that four more cadets have now been declared successful in the merit list for the next NDA Course commencing in Jan 2016.
Thirty nine cadets of the fourth AFPI Course have appeared in the NDA entrance exam which was held in Sep 2015. Results of this exam are still awaited.
Admission process for the next AFPI course is now in progress. Boys from Punjab who are currently studying in Class 10 are eligible and need to apply by 28 Dec for the entrance test which will be held on 10 Jan. AFPI offers a two year course at the Plus I and Plus 2 level. All training and administrative expenditures at the institute are borne by the Punjab government.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI has been set up by the government of Punjab with a view to training selected young men from the state for joining the NDA. The institute is the brain child of Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, the Chief Minister of Punjab who continues to take abiding interest in the training being imparted to the young cadets. So far 51 AFPI cadets from the first three batches have already joined NDA and INA. Four more cadets are expected to join in Jan 2016. Recently, in Jul 2015, another institute Mai Bhago AFPI has been set up by the government of Punjab for imparting similar training to girls.
Thursday, December 10, 2015