In a historic event, Dehradun’s Rashtriya Indian Military college will open its gate to girls for the first time ever. The session will begin from July this year.
The commandant of RIMC, Colonel Ajay Kumar announced “We will be admitting five girl students in July,” the colonel was heard stating in the college’s centenary celebrations. RIMC is the sub-continents first military training institution.
It was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1922 to train Indians for the officer cadre of the British Indian army under the British government’s ‘Indianization’ programme.
RIMC has since then emerged as the premiere feeder institution for the Naval Academy and National Defence Academy Ezhimala.
RIMC has gifted the country 163 Lieutenant generals, 41 Army Commanders, and 6 service chiefs in total.
Gourmet Singh, Uttarakhand Lt General, the chief guest for the centenary celebration highly applauded the contribution of the institution in nation building. He also mentioned that the institution’s leadership in military services has been well documented since World War 1 to the recent Balakot operations.
A book called ‘Bal Vivek’ was launched on the occasion. Besides that a commemorative stamp was also launched by the Governor.
Around 500 RIMC alumni, including veterans, serving officers of the armed forces including their family members attended the event.
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