30 religious teachers to join Indian Army
Pune: A batch of 30 Recruits Religious Teachers (RRTs) were commissioned as Junior Commissioned Officers after a colourful Passing Out Parade held at Institute of National Integration (INI) on the campus of College of Military Engineering (CME) in Dapodi.
Brigadier Samir Salunke, Commandant of the Institute, reviewed the parade and awarded General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command, and INI Commandant’s Gold and Silver Medals to Naib Subedar (RT) Manish Sharma of Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre and Naib Subedar (RT) Suneel Kumar of 2 ASC Regimental Centre, respectively who distinguished themselves in varied facets of 11 weeks of intense training. The ceremony was attended by parents of the Religious Teachers (RTs) among others.
The Commandant congratulated the commissioned JCOs and their parents in attendance, for successful completion of gruelling pre-commissioning training incorporating subjects related to national integration, behaviour and social science including spiritualism, yoga, psychological counselling and stress management.
According to Army officials, the religious teachers passing out from INI were considered optimally ready to perform assigned duties of ‘Dharam Guru’ as also shoulder additional responsibilities of a psychological counsellor and mental health mentor in times of stress-related environmental dynamics, across harsh terrains along northern and eastern borders.