18 Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

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18 Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun


The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (also known as IMA) is the officer training Academy of the Indian Army. IMA was established in 1932.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
     'वीरता और विवेक'
    Valor and Wisdom

The academy is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 8 km west of Dehradun in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The campus is on National Highway 72, which separates the North and South Campus. The campus of the academy originally spanned 206 acres which was transferred to the academy along with existing buildings from the Railway Staff College. The academy area is 1,400 acres (5.7 km2).

Built in 1930, the Chetwode Hall on the Drill Square houses the administrative headquarters of the IMA and is also the hub of academic training. It has lecture halls, computer labs and a cafe. On the opposite side of the Drill Square is the Khetarpal Auditorium. Inaugurated in 1982, it has a seating capacity of over 2000.

A newer wing of the Chetwode Hall, added in 1938, houses the Central Library. It has over 100,000 volumes and subscriptions to hundreds of periodicals from across the world, besides multimedia sections. In addition, there are two branch libraries closer to the cadet barracks across the campus.

Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

1. The Indian Military College Committee, set up under the chairmanship of Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, recommended in 1931 the establishment of an Indian Military Academy in Dehradun to produce forty commissioned officers twice a year following two and a half years of training.

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

2. Brigadier L.P. Collins was appointed the first Commandant and the first batch of 40 Gentleman Cadets (GC), as Indian Military Academy trainees are known, began their training on 1 October 1932.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

3. Indian Military Academy was inaugurated on 10 December 1932, at the end of the first term by Field Marshal Chetwode.

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

4. The first batch of cadets to pass out of the Academy in December 1934, now known as the Pioneers, included Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, General Muhammad Musa and Lieutenant General Smith Dun, who became the Army Chiefs of India, Pakistan, and Burma, respectively.

Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

5. 3887 officers were commissioned between August 1941 and January 1946, including 710 British officers for the British Army.

Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
6.  Post- Independence Brigadier Thakur Mahadeo Singh, DSO, was appointed the first Indian Commandant of the academy.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

7. Brigadier M.M. Khanna, MVC was the first IMA alumni to be appointed Commandant of the IMA at the end of 1956.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

8. In 1976, the four battalions of the IMA were renamed the Cariappa Battalion, Thimayya Battalion, Manekshaw Battalion and Bhagat Battalion with two companies each in honour of Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, General Kodendera Subayya Thimayya, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and Lieutenant General Premindra Singh Bhagat, respectively.battalions of the IMA

Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
 
9. In 1977, the Army Cadet College (ACC) was moved from Pune to Dehradun as a wing of the IMA. In 2006, the ACC was merged into the IMA as its Siachen Battalion.Army Cadet College IMA Dehradun
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

10.  IMA had trained over 60,000 officers commissioned into armies of the world, including Angola, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Ghana,Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia besides those of United Kingdom, Pakistan, and India.FGC of IMA Dehradun
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

11. The IMA Museum on the campus displays artefacts of historic importance. Among other war relics, it displays the pistol of Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niaziof the Pakistan Army which he surrendered to Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora after signing the Instrument of Surrender to end the [liberation War of 1971]
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

12. A trainee on admission to the IMA is referred to as a Gentleman Cadet. One reason for this is that the academy expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical values.

The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time.
The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next.
Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

13. Sam Manekshaw, an alumnus of the IMA, was the first in India to become a Field Marshal.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun


14. Alumni who have been honoured with the Param Vir Chakra include:
  •     Major Somnath Sharma, Posthumous, 4 Kumaon Regiment, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
  •     Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Posthumous, 1 Gorkha Rifles, Congo, 1961
  •     Lieutenant Colonel Hoshiar Singh, 3 Grenadiers, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
  •     2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Posthumous, 17 Poona Horse, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
  •     Captain Vikram Batra, Posthumous, 13 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, Kargil War, 1999
  •     Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, Posthumous, 11 Gorkha Rifles, Kargil War, 1999
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

15. Foreign alumni of the IMA have also done well in their countries.
  •     General M. A. G. Osmani- Commander-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini
  •     General Yahya Khan- Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army and third President of Pakistan
  •     General Muhammad Musa Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army
  •     General Tikka Khan- Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army and martial law administrator in East Pakistan
  •     Lt General Ghulam Jilani Khan- Pakistani martial law administrator
  •     Lt General Habibullah Khan Khattak- Chief of General Staff, Pakistan Army
  •     Tun Hussein Onn- third Prime Minister of Malaysia
  •     General Ibrahim Ismail- Chief of Staff of the Malaysian Armed Forces
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

16. The 2004 Bollywood film Lakshya (film) is partly shot in IMA.Lakshya film shooting in IMA.
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

17. This academy is located on the foothills of the Himalayas, about 8 km west of Dehradun in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The campus is on National Highway 72, which separates the North and South Campus. The academy area is 1,400 acres (5.7 km2).
Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

18. Motto of the academy is "Valor and Wisdom".

Interesting Facts about Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

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