Secunderabad: Thirty young gentlemen cadets (GCs) of the technical entry scheme (TES-36) course passed out from the Cadets Training Wing (CTW) of the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME) at the passing out parade ceremony organised at Cariappa Drill Square of CTW in Secunderabad on 12 December.
The GCs were pipped as commissioned officers in the rank of 'lieutenant' by senior military officers and welcomed into the fraternity of the officer cadre of the Indian Army, according to a press release.
Lieutenant General T.S.A Narayanan, commandant of MCEME, presided over the parade. The general officer addressed the young cadets and stressed on the importance of professionalism, commitment, and sacrifice which they will be required to make as an officer. Lt. Gen Narayanan apprised them of the challenges to national security and the call of duty that awaits them in their new role as officers of the Indian Army.
Platoon cadet captain R. Rishab Shankar was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour for standing first in the Overall Order of Merit, while Shivaji Platoon was awarded the coveted GOC-in-C ARTRAC Banner for winning the inter-platoon championship for autumn term 2020.
In keeping with the existing COVID-19 protocol, the parents and relatives of the GCs were unable to attend the passing out parade as is the tradition. However, the events were covered through electronic and digital media in real-time to enable the families to witness their sons join the ranks of the Indian Army, the release stated.