A brilliant parade marked the passing out of the 123rd batch of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, on November 29. Altogether 318 cadets, including 13 from friendly countries (five from Bhutan, three from Kazakhstan and five from Afghanistan) passed out from NDA. The passing out parade was reviewed by chief of army staff General Bikram Singh, NDA commandant Lt-Gen. Ashok Singh, senior officials and foreign delegates from various countries besides defence secretary Shashikant Sharma, officers, dignitaries and parents of the graduating cadets. There was also a fly-past by Super-Dimona aircraft, a Sukhoi formation and a trio of helicopters comprising an advanced light helicopter, Chetak and Cheetah helicopter.
Addressing the cadets, the Army chief said the cadets would soon join the noble profession of arms. The chief, who is an NDA alumnus, said the cadets were required not only to be warriors but also serve as apostles of peace.
The reviewing officer presented medals to the award winners of autumn term 2012.
I was honoured to win the Presidentís Gold Medal. The silver and bronze medals were won by cadet Adjutant Aditya Vilas Kohale and battalion cadet Captain Abindan Chandel respectively.
The Presidentís Gold Medal is awarded every term to the cadet of standing first in the overall order of merit. It is awarded on the basis of the cadetís academic achievement, performance in outdoor activities, and his officer-like qualities throughout his stay in the NDA. The silver and bronze medals are awarded to the cadets standing second and third in the overall order of merit. I hope to do good work during my time in the defence forces.
Captain Bhojpal Shakya, Presidentís Gold Medal winner of the 2012 NDA batch
The summer placement season at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai, was a 100 per cent success.
Defying concerns of a slowdown in the economy, JBIMS has yet again proved to be a force to reckon with, successfully capping off the season with students being placed in diverse sectors and coveted profiles. In addition to regular companies reposing their faith, the institute has forged new ties with many recruiters.
The batch of 2014 has a diverse mix of student profiles attracting the best talent from different professions across the country. Along with engineers, there are a good number of professionals from other fields such as chartered accountancy, medicine, law and management studies.
The batch boasts of strong gender diversity with girls forming 21 per cent of the total strength.
Vivek Nambiar, first year, MBA student, JBIMS
Eight schools from across India competed for top honours at the nationals finals of the British Councilís Annual Inter School Drama Festival in association with Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and Manchester Metropolitan University on December 2 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar.
The festival was also supported by National Jute Board, RPG Sanjeev Goenka Group, South City International School and Education for All Trust.
Noted theatre promoter and actor Sanjna Kapoor was the chief guest and special judge of the festival. She gave away the prizes which included trophies, certificates and courses at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for the best actor, best actress and best teacher coordinator.
Dennis Dunn, pro-VC, MMU, and theatre personality and film director Suman Mukhopadhyay were present as the other judges of the event. Sujata Sen, director East India British Council, was also present.
The theme this year explored the cultural relations between India and the UK. Titled India-UK: A Modern Fairytale ó if India and the UK revisited their past, how would they rewrite it today?
The schools which made it to the finals this year were M.C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth, Liluah, Adhyapana School, Madurai, St Marks Meera Bagh, Delhi, Future Hope, Calcutta, Christnagar International, Trivandrum, Birla High Boys, Calcutta, Springdales, Delhi and St Maryís English School, Udipi.
It was an absolutely wonderful experience for me. It was a great learning exercise for me because one of the best team of trainers helped me hone my acting skills. I was thrilled to be rewarded with a cash prize and also a lifetime opportunity to go to the UK for a theatre workshop at the MMU. I got the best actress award for the role of Time / Witch which was like a dream come true and a truly rewarding chapter of my life. I travelled all the way from Delhi to Calcutta and found it to be a beautiful city with a great culture of its own. I want to thank my school and my team members who helped me achieve my goal.
Mili Soni, Class X, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi
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