Whether as an officer, a doctor or an engineer, the Armed Forces gives you an opportunity to serve your country. APARNA MENON
The Armed Forces is one place where professional growth takes place at every step. Nowhere else will you get such phenomenal opportunities to constantly upgrade your skills.Even for those who have not completed their graduation, and are sure they want to pursue a future in the Armed Forces, there are interesting opportunities. One could join the National Defence Academy and choose to join the Army, Navy or Air Force. For those interested in the medical stream, the Armed Forces Medical College is a good option. While for budding engineers, the Army and the Navy offer the Technical Entry Scheme.
The National Defence Academy
Located at Khadakwasla, near Pune, this joint services institution was established in 1954. It is in this academy that cadets from all the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, are trained together before they go onto pre commissioning training to their respective service academies. In 1949 the Joint Services Wing (JSW) was commissioned at the Armed Forces Academy, Dehradun. Here cadets of all the three services trained for two years after which the Army cadets moved to the Military wing of the AFA for a further two year training, while the Navy and the Air Force cadets went to Darouth and Carnwell in the United Kingdom.
The foundation for the National Defence Academy was laid in 1949, by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and it was formally commissioned in 1954. The JSW programme was successfully shifted from the AFA to the NDA. The training in this institution is modelled on the United States Military Academy at West Point. NDA cadets are awarded a Bachelor degree in Arts, Science or Computer Science on completion of training. The institution possesses fantastic infrastructure for various extra curricular activities, which helps in personality development and cultivating new interests.
The campus is located 17km south of Pune near the Khadakwasla lake. The hilly terrain nearby, the proximity to the Arabian Sea as well as to the Lohegaon air base, are what make this the best location for the Academy.. The beautiful sprawling campus, has many facilities which makes it the ideal place for trainingTo join the NDA, a candidate has to appear for the UPSC exam after10+2. The next step is attending an interview and medical test at one of the Service Selection Boards. Once this is cleared, the candidate is given a joining date for the next course.
For more details on the NDA one can log onto the Academy website, www.nda.nic.in
Armed Forces Medical College
Established in 1948 the Armed Forces Medical College is, today, a premier medical institute of India. This college, in Pune, provides training to undergraduate and post graduate medical and nursing students, with assured career prospects in the defence services. It is affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and recognised by the Medical Council of India. Every year 130 students are enrolled into the college for the undergraduate course. Of these 130 students, 25 are girls.
This is the only College in Asia, apart from the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where all the expenses of the students are borne by the Government.This fully residential college offers the students various opportunities for sports and extra curricular activities. There are many societies that students can choose from like the Students Scientific Society, the Computer Cub, the Debating club, the Adventure Club and Musimatics. Students are encouraged to participate in many National competitions.
In response to the advertisement for recruitment, candidates are required to submit an application form with all the relevant documents. Admission is based on the results of a written examination followed by an interview and medical test.The duration of the MBBS course, like in all other medical institutions, is for four-and-a half-years followed by a one year internship. On graduation from the AFMC, a student gets commissioned into the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, depending on vacancies as well as the choice of the individual. It is compulsory for every AFMC graduate to serve in the defence forces. A bond for a seven-yearterm is signed at the time of admission.
For more information log onto www.afmc.nic.in
Technical Entry Scheme
The Army and the Navy offer this interesting entry scheme to students interested in an engineering graduation. In the Army the five-year course is held at the Indian Military Academy and the various Cadet Training Wings attached to the military engineering institutions at Mhow, Pune and Secundrabad. The Navy hold the course at the Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.Applications with all the relevant documents can be sent to the advertisement in leading newspapers. After an interview and a medical test the candidates will be shortlisted for the course. A call letter with the date of joining the Academy will follow. After five years, the candidate earns an engineering degree as well as a commission into the Army or the Navy.
For more information one can log onto www.joinindianarmy.nic.in and www.nausena-bharati.nic.in
Popularity: 2% [?]