New Delhi. 11 November 2021. Army Chief of Nepal General Prabhu Ram Sharma who has been conferred with the Honorary rank of ‘General’ of the Indian Army unveiled his portrait on the ‘Wall of Honour’ and was presented with the ‘Scroll of Honour on November 11, 2021 at National Defence College (NDC) in New Delhi. Prominent alumni of the NDC, who have risen to the highest ranks in their respective countries are honoured with the special recognition. General Sharma belongs to the 53rd NDC Course.
As a part of a tradition between the two countries , Nepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma became a “General of the Indian Army” after he was conferred with the honorary rank of ‘General of the Indian Army’ by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. A part of this tradition is also the Indian Army Chief gettingthe rank of the General of the Nepalese Army. Nepal conferred the honorary rank of ‘General of the Nepal Army’ on Indian Army Chief Gen Naravane during his visit to Kathmandu in November last year.
Gen Sharma also called on Indian Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat in the day and discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral defence cooperation, the Indian officials said. On Tuesday, Gen Naravane held extensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart focusing on ways to various aspects of bilateral military cooperation. Nepal is important for India in the context of its overall strategic interests in the region.
In his address, General Sharma lauded the NDC for commitment to the highest standards of professional and academic insights and shaping him to become an able candidate to this honour. He also mentioned that Nepali Army is embarking on the journey to establish its own National Defence University and the areas of cooperation have been extended even further.
Earlier, as part of outreach programme, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar inaugurated NDC alumni web portal and released inaugural issue of NDC Alumni newsletter at the institution. This will provide an excellent opportunity for the alumni to connect, share and engage with the NDC and thereby strengthen the relationships with friendly foreign countries.
The Nepalese General also met the Ministers of Defence and External Affairs. He was also welcomed at the Vayu Bhawan by the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary.