Scaling down to facts about NDA & pass out ceremony 2020.
Location:- NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune.
It is a must-do when visiting Pune.
•Wondering why it's in Khadakwasla?- because it has lakes, hilly areas and operative airbase making it suitable for training the young cadets.
•Main building of NDA known as Sudan Block was built to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Indian soldiers, who fought for Sudan in World War II.
•“Khaki” is a common dress code at NDA to keep the sense of equality among the cadets.
•The motto of NDA was changed from “Service before Self” to “Seva Parmo Dharma” in 1951.
•The current symbol of NDA was adopted in 1948 replacing the old symbol having quill pen, sword, eagle and an anchor.
• In NDA, cadets from more than 28 other nations are trained with Indian cadets.
•The campus is spread over 7000acres.
•Lastly, NDA mess is Asia's largest mess with a serving capacity of 2100 cadets.
•Visiting this campus during the passing out parade is a once in a lifetime experience for both civilians and non-civilians.
Since covid 19 has disrupted so many public events, it seems to have likewise impact on the Army-traditional NDA passing out ceremony of Nov 2020. The dazzling military pageantry, with 217 cadets displayed their prestigious parade & martial power at the training institution. But this time without the presence of cadet's family. The 139th-course of NDA passing out ceremony was observed by reviewing officer - IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.