SOURCE: The Telegraph
Afghan army chief Lieutenant-General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali will be the chief guest at the 12th passing-out parade (PoP) at the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Gaya, on Saturday.
Since the OTA was raised in July 2011, this is the second occasion when the army chief of a foreign country will be chief guest. Earlier, in December 2013, chief of the Myanmar army attended the PoP as chief guest. Central command commanding-in-chief Lieutenant General B.S. Negi will also be at OTA Gaya to receive the Afghan army chief.
In total, 261 cadets, including four from Bhutan, 166 under special commissioned officer (SCO) and 95 under technical entry scheme category, will participate in the PoP. The cadets under SCO category will be commissioned as officers in the Indian army while TES-category cadets will proceed for engineering courses from military engineering colleges in Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune. All 261 cadets have completed their one-year basic military training from OTA. A multi-activity display will be organised on Friday evening where cadets will display their skills in different activities.
On Thursday, OTA commandant Lieutenant General V.S. Sreenivas presented prizes to the cadets who excelled during the one-year basic military training at OTA in different fields like sports, weapon training and academic activities.
The commandant presented a merit card to Vasudev Sharma for physical training, Sherab Tobden Thinley Yoezer and Sonam Tshering for football, Piyush Keshubhai Ratadia, Ravi Choudhary and Rupesh Kumar Agar for volleyball and Nishant for aquatics. Sherab Tobden also won the best foreign cadet award. Karthigayan S, Vikas Kumar Yadav won the commandants medal in weapon training and riding respectively. Ravi Choudhary also won the medal for best sportsman.
The Sikh regiment silver medal for best cadet in physical training was bagged by Vasudev Sharma, while Dorjee Sherpa bagged Jat regiment silver medal for best cadet in tactical ability and leadership. Shivanshu Singh won eastern command trophy for best all-round performance and the commandants medal for best all-round performance. For their performance in firing Tshering Bhutia, Sukhwinder Singh and Harish Tellabati won gold, silver and bronze medal respectively.