The National Defence Academy is an iconic institution and hallmark of global excellence in the sphere of military education. Over the years it has emerged as a unique military academy, attracting the best of youth from our nation and also from friendly foreign countries and transforming them into officers and gentlemen. During the last six decades of its glorious existence, the National Defence Academy has grown both in grace and grandeur and from its portals have emerged ‘Leaders of Men’, who have demonstrated the essence of inter-services camaraderie and jointmanship thereby vindicating the faith and vision of its founding fathers. Apart from leaders of men, the alumni have proved to be great mountaineers, cosmonauts, sportsmen, researchers, creative writers, artists, corporate honchos and more recently, olympic champions. Their achievements are all pervading and showcased in every echelon of our Armed Forces and also in the civil society. The ‘Cradle’ has indeed rocked the nascent youth and groomed them into ‘Leaders’ who have lived up to its ethos: ‘Seva Paramo Dharma’ (Service Before Self).
The objective of training, in essence, is to impart academic and technological training of the highest quality in order to equip cadets with appropriate qualification as foundation for their service careers. Conduct focused training to enable cadets to achieve the requisite physical and endurance standards, with proficiency in troop games. To inculcate in cadets the qualities of leadership, a desire for self improvement and a drive to excel in every sphere. Incorporate culture of jointmanship in training and promote spirit of jointmanship in thought, word and deed. Conduct high quality basic military training service and technological training to enable cadets to have a strong foundation in their service careers. Hone the skills of cadets to articulate their thoughts coherently, concisely and clearly, both in speech and writing. Emphasis on overall personality development of a cadet by inculcating a sense of self-descipline, honour, integrity, duty, camaraderie and sense of pride.
The endeavour at the Academy has been to continuously upgrade the training methodologies and infrastructure with a view to provide training conforming to standards laid down by the COSC. With the synergetic approach, the Academy has been fulfilling this onerous task.