Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 12
For the third time this year, a cadet from Punjab has bagged the prestigious Sword of Honour for being adjudged as the overall best during pre-commission training in an Army institution.
The Sword of Honour for the Autumn Term-2020, comprising 147th Regular Course (RC) and 130th Technical Graduate Course (TGC), was awarded to Lt Watandeep Singh Sidhu during the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, today.
The gold medal for standing first in the order of merit went to Lt Majji Giridhar, also the parade commander, while the silver medal for standing first from TGC went to Lt Jasminder Pal Singh Sidhu, who hails from Threeke near Ludhiana and is an alumnus of the Rashtriya Indian Military College.
“It’s a matter of great pride for our family. I am overjoyed at my son’s achievement,” Watandeep’s father, Baljinder Singh Sidhu, who works with the Punjab State Electricity Board, said.
Flying Officer Anurag Nain, who hails from Hisar but studied in Delhi, had bagged the Sword of Honour at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, in June.
As many as 325 Gentlemen Cadets, in addition to 70 from nine friendly countries were formally commissioned today.
With 50 officers, Uttar Pradesh had the highest tally amongthe states followed by Haryana with 45 and Bihar with 32. Punjab shared the seventh place with Kerela with 15 officers each. Among foreigners, 41 were from Afghanistan and 17 from Bhutan.
The parade was reviewed by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen SK Saini.