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Monday, February 20, 2012

Realism in training matters most to Indian Army: Maj Gen Pradhan

Maj Gen A K Pradhan, GOC, K&K Sub-Area Command says that if you have a focused vision, then all targets in life can be achievable. Photo: Indian Army   
By Anantha Krishnan M
Express News Service
Bangalore: “If you want your troops to follow you, then you will have to be closer to them. Realism in training matters most to Army and not paper-training,” Maj Gen Ashoka Kumar Pradhan, General Officer Commanding, Head Quarters, Karnataka and Kerala (K&K) Sub-Area, was at his philosophical best. Touching upon various initiatives put in place in the last two years under his command, Pradhan told Express in an interview that the Indian Army is swiftly turning into one mighty force that dates technology 24x7.
The K&K Sub-Area's first Major General said that his team undertook three major missions in the last two years, with focus on training, education and welfare of ex-Servicemen. With the Indian Army pacing ahead with a massive modernization drive, the task was cut out for Pradhan to put modern training philosophies in place. “There are many training centers under the Sub-Area and the fundamental mission was to transform all the units in tune with the changing times. We ensured that the infrastructure development was never wanting for funds,” Pradhan said.
In the eduction sector, he said the Army Public School, the Army Institute of Hotel Management and the Army Institute of Fashion Design underwent striking reforms. “To me, running educational institutions as part of the Army charter is one option and the other running them with absolute focus and in mission-oriented mode. We chose the second one and the results poured in. No one spares a thought for our children who are the worst-sufferers with most ending up studying in six-eight different schools at different locations across India, till their Class-12. Hence, it was important to focus on providing quality education to them,” Pradhan said.
He said that his Sub-Area took up the welfare of ex-Servicemen as a matter of pride, though the charter rested with the state governments. “It is important that we take care of our seniors who gave their sweat and blood to the nation. I want every serving officer under my command to realiase that sooner or later they too will be sitting outside the fence. Our ex-Servicemen are our jewels,” Pradhan said.
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