Tamil Nadu

Post-graduate Diploma launched for OTA cadets

Lt. Gen. Gautam Banerjee (centre), Commandant, OTA, at the inauguration of the University of Madras’s centre at the OTA on Tuesday. Gopalji Malviya (left), Head, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras, and Major General U.M. Rajavelu, Deputy Commandant, OTA, are in the picture. Photo: A. Muralitharan  

In addition to their rigorous 49-week training, cadets of the Officers' Training Academy, St. Thomas Mount, will study for a post-graduate diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies.

Lieutenant General Gautam Banerjee, Commandant of Officers' Training Academy, told reporters on Tuesday that for the first time, the OTA had tied up with the University of Madras to launch the PG diploma course for all trainee officers from this year.

The OTA training was wholesome with inputs in military training and education, history, geography, and the PG diploma course, for the first time in military academies training officers, would make the trainees “not just capable officers, but also complete leaders.”

Gopalji Malviya, Head, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras, said the Syndicate had waived the affiliation fee for the course. He said the university had only granted permission for issuing the PG diploma course certificate, while the course content, syllabus and teaching would be handled by armed forces personnel.

While the proposal to start this PG diploma course was mooted as early as 2003, it got delayed owing to various factors, Dr. Malviya said. Major General U.M. Rajavelu, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, was present at the press meet.

A centre of the University of Madras was inaugurated on the occasion. OTA officials said around 360 Lady and Gentlemen Cadets who were recently inducted for training would constitute the first batch to undergo this PG diploma course.

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