‘Corona Warriors’ Doctors passes out after completing combat training at ITBP Academy

Mussoorie. 16 October 2021. A group of 38 Young Doctors of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) completed their combat training under the Gazetted Officers Combatization Course for a batch of Assistant Commandants/ Medical Officers after completion of their basic training of 24 weeks at ITBP Academy, Mussoorie today.

A ceremonial Passing Out Parade and Attestation Ceremony was held at the parade ground of the Academy, wherein these new officers took the oath dedicated themselves to the service of the nation. Sh Sanjay Arora, DG ITBP put ranks to the young doctors.

Before the start and middle of this Combatization training, these Medical Officers (that also included 14 women doctors); were remained deployed at Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre, New Delhi on COVID-19 duties and worked tirelessly during those testing times. During the first and second waves of Covid-19, the ITBP run Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre (SPCCC) Radha Soami Beas Chhatarpur, News Delhi has treated more than 13,000 Covid-19 patients.

After discharging the Covid-19 duties, these officers returned to the Academy in July, 2021 to finish their training after having gained valuable experience of working in highly stressful situations at the Covid-peak times. For this exemplary service, the Trainee Officers have been awarded with the Director General’s Commendation Rolls and Insignias during their training period only.

‘Corona Warriors’ Doctors passes out after completing combat training at ITBP Academy

These Officers were trained in various subjects like Tactics, Weapon Handling, Physical Training, Intelligence, Field Engineering, Map Reading, Administration, Law and Human Rights which enabled them to grow into competent combatant with their duties as medical officers, fit to discharge their duties in the ITBP.

Sanjay Arora, Director General, ITBP took the salute and reviewed the ceremonial parade. In his address, the Director General, who has served ITBP in the past as Commandant (Training) at ITBP Academy Mussoorie, congratulated the young officers. He reminded the young Officers about the glorious history and very high standards of discipline of the Force. He held that ITBP is deployed in extremely harsh terrain with Border outposts at altitudes as high as 18,800 ft where temperature dips down to 45 degrees. Apart from guarding the high-altitude borders in the Himalayas, the force is deployed in Internal Security, Disaster Management etc and has always delivered by serving the motherland.

AC/MO Dr Vishal Choudhary was awarded with the trophies of Best in Indoor, Best in Outdoor and Overall best trainee of the batch.

‘Corona Warriors’ Doctors passes out after completing combat training at ITBP Academy

Nilabh Kishore, Inspector General/ Director Academy welcomed the chief guest, and retired and serving officers of ITBP and other forces, officials of the local administration, distinguished public representatives and other dignitaries. In his address, the IG spoke about the trainees, the Academy and contribution of the instructors and the Force HQrs of ITBP for the successful completion of the course.

Brigadier (Dr.) Ram Niwas, VSM DIG (Trg), thanked all the guests for being present at the parade to boost morale of the passing out officers. Further, he highlighted the important facets of training imparted to these passing out officers during this foundation course and assured the commitment of the Academy to keep the standard of training as high as ever.