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India Edu News | Thursday | October 15, 2015 |

In a major thrust to push technology use in navy, the National Defence Academy (NDA) would be launching a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) course in Applied Electronics and Communication Engineering. This would be aimed to provide training to the naval cadets at the academy. The technical part of modern warfare entails training the introduction of this course at the Indian Naval Academy (INA).

Students joining the tri-services training academy, NDA, undergo three-year training after which they are given BA or BSc degree. After this, the cadets proceed to INA at Ezhimala, Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun or the Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigul for pre-commissioning training into different forces.  Hence, cadets passing out of NDA get BSc degree whereas those who come out of INA are awarded an M.Sc. There are some others who join engineering courses and then come to INA. This is why an officer at INA feels that naval officers from INA with engineering degree would be far better than NDA officers.

The new course would see naval cadets completing three years of BTech course at NDA with service training whereas the rest of the academic and Naval service training would be imparted at INA. The officer also added that the trend is clear and it reflects from the fact the more number of cadets are becoming a part of INA and not NDA from feeder institutions such as Sainik Schools. The officer confirmed that the process for accreditation from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well as approval from affiliating university, Jawaharlal Nehru University, has already begun. Each year, close to 10 percent of cadets pass out from Naval stream, making it 40 at present. NDA authorities have stated that commencement would happen from next term and officers from Naval Training Team (NTT) as well as education branch shall be provided primary responsibility of co-ordination. On the other hand, expansion of infrastructure along with faculty recruitment are also under process. Three years back, NDA had begun BE (Military Engineering) with 350 cadets of the 127th course, who had joined in January 2012, post teaching the cadets BSc for the first three months. The teaching started even though the course was awaiting approval. In June 2012, after the starting of 128th course joined, 400 cadets enrolled for BE and 50 for BA as the 127th course progressed to the second term of the yet-to-be-approved BE syllabus. However, in a shocking manner, the NDA scrapped the course in 2013 after not getting approval. This time around the NDA has already initiated steps for obtaining required approvals. – Courtesy


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