Why ‘the army’ is building a military academy in India
Indian army chief General VK Singh said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he will visit an army camp in Uttarakhand’s Bara district to “meet the children of the soldiers” and to “learn from their experiences”.
He was responding to a Facebook posting by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) that had said that the army would be building a high-tech army academy to teach future soldiers “the principles of modern warfare”.
Indian defence ministry spokesperson Maj Gen Dinesh Dhananjayak said that an initial visit to the Camp Gurkha at Abeka will be followed by a visit to a nearby academy in Bara in the coming days.
“This will be an important meeting between the Indian army and the youth of the armed forces,” Dhanansayak said.
“The two armies will be meeting to explore the possibilities of a high tech army academy.
This is to learn from their experience.
We will also learn from the experiences of our students,” he said.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters in New Delhi that he was expecting “great things” from the visit of the Indian Army chief.
“We will be giving a presentation to the Prime Minister and he is looking forward to the visit,” Parrikari said.
Parrikari added that India’s military training academy at Bara was one of the most successful in the world, and he hoped that it would also be replicated at other camps.
India has a large army, which has grown in the past five decades, as well as an army of around 300,000 people.
In a statement, the army said that it had spent Rs 5,000 crore in construction of an army academy and a school in Baro in 2017-18, adding that the facility was being constructed in collaboration with the Army Institute of Technology.
The academy has a capacity of more than 500 students and is one of a handful of high-technology military training camps in the country.