NDA cadets will now have BTech option
By Madhurie Singh, May 31, 2016
Engineering cadets, who complete a three-year academic and military training at the NDA, will get their degrees one more year later following their finishing school training at the respective officers’ academy. This is to meet the four-year study requirement of an engineering degree course as laid by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The B.Tech degree will be awarded by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
NDA is a unique triservices academy where the cadets undergo a three-year training before proceeding to the finishing schools for army, navy and air force for another one-year training and eventual commissioning as officers in the Indian armed forces.
An NDA officer said, “The academy is starting with the naval cadets from July this year as the Indian Navy had raised a requirement for engineering graduates on priority. The Indian Air Force too has now raised a similar requirement and the B.Tech course, in all likelihood, will be introduced for the air force cadets from the term starting Januar. 2017.
Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, Commandant, NDA, said at the convocation ceremony of the 130th course on Monday, “Both, AICTE and JNU, have given their approvals to the four-year B.Tech course for NDA cadets. The introduction of an engineering course as a fourth stream is an initiative that will stand our future officers in good stead to take on the challenges to our national security.” He said, “The curriculum at NDA is periodically reviewed for relevance involving national and global scenarios and necessary corrections are applied. Gone are the days when sheer brute power could win us wars. Today’s warfare is technology driven and hence the importance attached to the academic curriculum at the NDA.”