Two cadets of Mohali institute commissioned as Flying Officers in IAF
Mohali, June 19, 2021:
The Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) was held at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad on Saturday. The parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC.
A total of 152 cadets of various branches of the IAF, including 24 women cadets graduated as Flying Officers to join the elite cadre of the IAF. Two cadets of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mohali, were commissioned in the rank of Flying Officer and awarded their flying wings by the Chief of Air Staff.
Cdt Sehaj Sharma has been commissioned into the Helicopter stream. He joined the AFPI in 2014, and on completion of his training there, joined the National Defence Academy as an Air Force cadet. His father, Dharvinder Sharma is a Senior Assistant in the Indian Red Cross Society in Amritsar. His mother, Geeta Sharma, is a house wife.
Cdt Preetinder Pal Singh Bath joined AFPI in 2015 and went to NDA in 2017. His father, Rajinder Singh Bath, is a lecturer and mother, Amanpreet Kaur, a teacher. They belong to Pathankot. Preetinder Pal has achieved his dream by joining the fighter stream of the IAF.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI has so far sent 162 cadets to NDA and other military training academies from 2013 onwards. Of these, 85 have already become officers in the armed forces. 68 Cadets have joined the Army; 08 have gone to the Navy and 09 to the Air Force. The rest of the cadets are at different stages of their training in various military academies.
Recently a new programme has been started in AFPI called Cadet Training Wing. The aim of CTW is to further enhance the number of boys from Punjab joining the armed forces. Seven schools have been identified in the state to be a part of this programme. AFPI staff will visit these schools frequently to motivate and guide the students to join the armed forces. They will also carry out mirror image of AFPI training in these schools so that students can take the benefit of AFPI training and achieve their cherished goal of joining the armed forces as officers.
Currently 92 cadets of the Tenth and Eleventh AFPI courses are under training in Mohali. Due to COVID-19 all training has been in the online mode since March 2020.