16 National Defence Academy (NDA) Facts
1.NDA, The world’s look at it as a one of the best place that creates ‘Men of Honour’, and institution that has led the highest standard of Quality. NDA is a unique academy which creates leader.
2.Before its inception as NDA on 16th January, 1955, it first started its operation on 1st January 1949 as Joint Services Wing (JSW) at the Indian Military Academy (then known as Armed Forces Academy) in Dehradun. This shifting is well known as ‘Operation Badli’.
3.The Sudan Block today is an iconic symbol of this Tri-Services Academy. The naming of Sudan Block was due to fund donated by Sudan to establish NDA and its infrastructure. It was given in recognition of the sacrifices of Indian troops in the defence of Sudan during WWII.
4. The initial logo of NDA consisted of a sword, a quill pen, an anchor and an eagle, symbolizing the four fields in which the Cadets received education at the National War Academy. The present logo was selected in 1948. The background is maroon, which is an apt colour of heraldry but also a symbol of chivalry and sacrifice. The crest is composed of the symbols of the three Services superimposed on each other and mounted on top by the Ashoka Capitol. The anchor supports the sword and both support the eagle.
5. NDA is the first Tri-service military academy in the world where three forces Army, Air Force and Navy of defence Services are trained together.
6.Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India’s first individual Olympics medal winner, is an proud alumnus of the NDA’s 77th Course. He had won Silver in shooting in the 2004 Olympics held at Athens. He is currently the Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
7. The first Indian to fly into space Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, is also an alumnus of the NDA- National Defence Academy. He joined NDA as an IAF cadet in 1966. In his honor NDA named one of the block after him known as the Rakesh Sharma Block.
8.The First Course started with a batch of 190 cadets in 1949, the. The Passing-out-Parade for 172 cadets was held on December 8, 1950.
9.The basic concept to start the NDA was to check if Indian youth from diverse background, customs and beliefs could act together in unison after appropriate training for sufficient time.
10.The cadets dress colour was selected as Khaki. It was only selected to prevail an atmosphere of homogeneity and unity.
11.Till date this Academy has produced 27 service Chiefs. Presently all the chiefs from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force NDA alumni.
12.Three NDA alumni have been honoured with the Param Vir Chakra, and nine others have received the Ashoka Chakra.
13.More than 28 countries cadets train alongside their Indian counterparts at the NDA.
14.There are 18 squadrons in the NDA divided into five battalions.
15. At the entrance of the Dining Hall of NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY Khadakwasla, there is a table set for one, with the chair tilted forward. This table is set for the Armed Forces Personnel who are Prisoners of War and forgotten, in the hope that they will return one day ( 54 PsOW of the 1971 war have never returned home).The Placard on the table says: “The table set is small, for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors”.
16. The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep their faith awaiting their return.
The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. The candle is unlit, symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. The slice of Lemon is on the bread plate, to remind us of the bitter fate. There is salt upon the bread plate – symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait. The Glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this night. The chair – it is empty.