Wednesday 27 August 2014

Army Commander visits Armed Forces Preparatory Institute

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali  27th August:- Lt Gen KJ Singh, AVSM**, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command visited Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) in Mohali on 27 Aug 2014.   This was the Army Commander's first visit to the AFPI after assuming the command of the Western Army.  The institute has been established to train selected young boys from Punjab for permanent commission in the Armed Forces through the National Defence Academy. On arrival, the Army Commander was introduced to the faculty and cadet appointments.  He was briefed by the Director AFPI, Maj Gen BS Grewal about the various training activities being carried out at the Institute.

The Army Commander expressed his happiness at the good performance of cadets of the second course who have recently completed their training at the Institute.  As many as twenty nine cadets have already joined the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy.   The Army Commander was happy with the training being carried out to motivate and educate the youth to join the armed forces and said that he was confident that in the years ahead the Institute would develop into a centre of excellence for pre commission training of young men from Punjab.   He assured that any assistance required from HQ Western Command would be readily forthcoming.

 The Army Commander addressed the cadets and exhorted them to work hard and achieve their goal of joining the National Defence Academy and serve the mother land.   He also advised them to follow seven golden rules of achieving success ie to be proactive in life, setting clear goal, doing things in orderly manner,  thinking of win win situation,  understanding things rather to be understood,  synergizing efforts and sharpening knowledge to be ultimate winner in life.   A memento was presented to the Army Commander by the Director.  Also present on the occasion were Brig KD Singh,  Col HS Chauhan and Air Cmdr SK Sharma, Principal Shemrock Sr Secy School.  The Army Commander presented the  memento to the Director,  AFPI and motivational books on developing good habits and becoming highly effective in life to the cadets.The Army Commander was shown the state of the art infrastructure available at AFPI to include the Library,  Auditorium, Indoor Shooting range,  Gymnasium, Ante room and Cadets Mess.   He also visited the Cadet's cabins.   The institute is having one of the best infrastructures available for training and preparing the cadets for NDA entry.  


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