Updated January 7th, 2024 at 16:25 IST
Assam's Super 30 team to be trained by officers for the Indian Army starting January 8
The 'Super 30' program is supported by the Assam govt and an NGO to motivate youths from the state to enroll as officers in the Army.
Assam's Super 30 team of students will prepare to join the armed forces under the initiative by the Indian Army.
According to officials, their training will start from January 8 onwards under the government's 'Super 30' program to motivate youths from the state to enroll as officers in the Army. This program is being undertaken with collaboration between the state government and the NGO National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO). The Army signed an agreement with NIEDO, which will conduct the training.
The first program was started in Dibrugarh in November 2023 and the second one will begin in Tamulpur. NIEDO CEO Rohit Srivastava said that while the Program is named Super 30, more than 30 students have been accommodated because of their excellent performance in the selection test.
"There is a sizeable presence of youths from Assam in the lower ranks but officer-level personnel are very few. This program has been conceptualised by the Eastern Command of the Indian Army to motivate and enable talented students to join the armed forces as officers," defence spokesperson Lt Col Mahendra Rawat said.
“It will be a residential training program to be held at the Army Station in Tamulpur, and two batches of students will be inducted this year. The next intake will be in April. All students who qualify the written examination will be mentored for the next phase of selection by the Service Selection Board (SSB),” he further said.
Lt Gen (retd) Rana Pratap Kalita, who had retired as the head of the Eastern Command last month, had also earlier stressed on encouraging more youths from the state to join the armed forces in the officer cadre.
The students have been selected through an exhaustive selection process, which included written examinations and interviews, Lt Col Rawat said.
"We are hopeful that these students will serve the nation through the armed forces," he added.
NIEDO CEO Rohit Srivastava said, "The programme for the first batch in Dibrugarh under the 2nd Mountain Division started in November. And, this is the first batch of Tamulpur under the 107 Brigade of 21 Mountain Division. The students were chosen on the basis of merit with no reservation policy."
Published January 7th, 2024 at 16:18 IST