Retired Colonel PM Goswami during a presentation on career prospects in the National Defence Academy Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: A retired Indian Army officer from Assam, retired Colonel PM Goswami, has taken up a unique initiative of motivating school students about career opportunities in the Indian defence services.

The retired Colonel conducted the first such orientation programme at Army Public School in Guwahati on Wednesday. During the initiative, he encouraged students to join the armed forces by choosing an adventurous and honourable career of serving the country.

Making a presentation on the career aspects in the field, Col Goswami said, “National Defence Academy (NDA) is one of the best training institutions in the world.”

Students of Classes X, XI and XII took part in the orientation programme held at Army Public School in Narengi, Guwahati

The orientation program was held only for boys of Classes X, XI and XII, as NDA does not recruit female cadets.

Speaking with EastMojo, the former defence person said that his objective is to spread awareness among students about the career prospects in the Indian defence services including the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy.

“Recently, many students from Northeast India were awarded with prestigious defence awards in NDA and IMA, so I want more and more youths from the region to come and join the noble profession of serving the country, be it a boy or a girl,” Col Goswami said.

He added that he will be visiting more educational institutes in the state as well as across the region to share his memorable experiences in the defence academy, the career opportunities and facilities available and to further spread awareness among the students, irrespective of their gender on the noble profession of serving the country.

“Any educational institutes who want me to speak to their students about the career prospects in the defence academy, I am open to it and will welcome it, be it for girls or boys,” the retired colonel said.

In his presentation, Col Goswami also displayed a few clips of the day-to-day activities including physical training, education, discipline and service matters that are being practised and taught to the cadets in the defence academy.

“You will never find spare time in the three years’ training session at NDA,” said the retired Colonel.

Apart from the orientation session, the retired defence person also had an interactive session with the students to clear their doubts, if they had any, about the career prospects and procedures of getting into the National Defence Academy.

Wrapping up the orientation session, he urged students to take up the noble profession and stand tall in the society. “I have no doubts that a number of students will attempt and succeed in journeying the fantastic training institution, the National Defence Academy,” Col Goswami added.

Interestingly, announcing a reward to the students who clear all stages of selection and getting admitted to the NDA, the former defence person cordially invited the successful candidates along with their family for a dinner with him.

Col PM Goswami was commissioned to the infantry unit of 6 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles as an officer in 1974. Retired after serving a successful 37 years of service, Col Goswami was commissioned to several headquarters and units across the country including Guwahati.

An alumnus of Goalpara Sainik School and National Defence Academy, Pune, Col Goswami had the privilege of serving with the Indian Air Force during Kargil operations. He also has the unique distinction of being part of the first winter batch at Siachen glacier during Operation Meghdoot in 1984.

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