SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
The Indian Military Academy (IMA) will hold the Passing out Parade (PoP) for the 146 Regular Course and 129 Technical Graduate Course on Saturday, June 13 in Dehradun. This year’s first passing out parade will be broadcasted live across the country on the Indian Army’s Youtube channel – ADGPI Indian Army from 6 am onwards.
Chief of Indian Army General Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the reviewing officer of the passing out parade which will see 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine foreign countries becoming army officers. Releasing a teaser of the parade, the Indian Army showed impressive visuals of the cadets lined up to graduate, ready to shoulder the nation’s responsibility.
Importantly, it will also be the first time that the parents and relatives of the gentlemen cadets are not invited to attend the event in view of the COVID-19 situation.
IMA had said that all precautionary measures for COVID-19 are being taken for the June 13 event and, for the first time, parents and relatives of the cadets are not allowed to witness the event.
In the backdrop of COVID-19 situation, parents and relatives of cadets have been advised to watch the live coverage of all POP events on media to feel part of the celebration and the pride associated with it.
This was one of the major reasons why the Indian Army decided to broadcast the parade live on social media.
The parents or relatives of cadets usually pip-in the ranks on the shoulders of cadets after the passing out parade. This year, the ranks would be put on by instructors or families residing within the academy premises.
The passing out parade symbolises the culmination of rigorous training and transformation of a gentleman cadet into a young officer.
Every six months, the IMA organises a passing out parade for its cadets who join different arms and services of the Indian Army while the foreign cadets go onto join the armies in their respective countries.