Monday, 3 December 2012

Army plans to set up finishing schools to address shortage of officers

In order to fill up over 10,000 vacancies in the officer cadre of the Indian Army, the Central Command is in the process of setting up ‘finishing schools’ in the coming months across the seven states that fall under its purview. The finishing schools will be in addition to the existing Sainik Schools and senior army officials are coordinating with the concerned state governments to finalise the process of identifying land and setting up campuses in coming days. The finishing school will groom students according to the need of armed forces and students passing out from such institutions will have a comparative edge over others.

Army officials also stressed that those who have secured NCC ‘C’ certificate will be encouraged to join the army directly after clearing the test of the Services Selection Board. Such cadets can directly approach the SSBs instead of the UPSC route. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, Lieutenant General Anil Chait made the announcement during the media briefing that took place on Saturday noon regarding the activities planned for golden jubilee of the Central Command. The command will finish 50 years of its establishment in May 2013.

The focus of the army officials during the celebrations will be on empowering of youths and promotion of sports. It should be noted that significant portion of young men do not prefer to join Indian armed forces, and are lured by handsome pay packages that private sector such as financial corporations, offer.

Officials want youngsters to experience the adventurous life in armed forces first hand by exposing them to sports such as cycle polo, horse polo, and horse riding among others during the celebration period.

The venues where events will be held will be open to people and officials said that general public will also be encouraged to learn the sports. The army will also be organising Lucknow half marathon on December 23

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