IMA shuns ceremonies in subdued passing-out parade
The Times of India Mumbai|December 12, 2021
SOMBRE AFFAIR: There were no celebrations during the event and the pipping ceremony, in which family members pin stars on uniforms of cadets to mark their transition to officers, was toned down
Tanmayee Tyagi & Shivani Azad

Dehradun: A total of 387 gentlemen cadets (GCs) – 319 Indian and 68 from friendly foreign countries — passed out from the Indian Military academy (IMA) in a subdued ceremony in light of the death of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others in a chopper crash on Wednesday.

The passing out parade (POP) was reviewed by President Ram Nath Kovind. In light of the toned-down ceremony, the academy did away with the tradition of bringing the reviewing officer to the historic Drill Square, where the parade is held, in a horsedriven carriage.

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