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Prelims Prominence - May 1, 2018

Ministry Of Defense

Training Events & Military Exercises – Round The Year

    1. Indo - Oman Joint Military Exercise

  • Second edition of ‘AL NAGAH’, the joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Armies was held at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh

2. Indo - Nepal Joint Military Exercise.

  • ‘SURYA KIRAN – XI’ was held from 07–20 March 17 at Pithoragarh.

3. Indo - Mongolian Joint Military Exercise.

  • Twelfth edition of Indo - Mongolian Joint Military Exercise ‘NOMADIC ELEPHANT’ was held at Vairengte.

4. Indo - Nepal Joint Military Exercise.

  • ‘SURYA KIRAN – XII’ was conducted in Rupandehi, Nepal from 03 – 17 September 17. The battalion level exercise focused on counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain.

5. Indo - US Joint Military Exercise.

  • As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training, Exercise ‘YUDH ABHYAS – 2017’ was conducted at Joint Base Lewis, McChord, Washington, USA .

6. Indo – Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise.

  • The fifth Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2017’ was conducted at Aundh Military Station, Pune from 13- 26 October 2017.
  • The exercise focused on counter terrorism operations in semi urban terrain.
  • 7. Indo – Russia Joint Tri Service Exercise.

    • First ever tri service exercise ‘INDRA’ between India & Russia was conducted in Vladivostok, Russia

    8. Indo – Kazakhstan Joint Military Exercise.

    • A fourteen day joint training exercise ‘PRABAL DOSTYK – 2017’

    9. Indo-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise.

    • Indo-Bangladesh Exercise ‘SAMPRITI’ was conducted at CIJW School, Vairengte from 06-18 November 2017.
    • It was aimed at carrying out operations against terrorists and insurgents on the lines of those in the J&K and NE.

    10. Indo – UK Joint Military Exercise.

    • Indo – UK Exercise ‘AJEYA WARRIOR’

    11. Exercise ‘Pralay Sahayam’.

    • The exercise was conceptualised as (HADR) exercise based on an urban flooding scenario in the twin cities of Hyderabad & Secunderabad.
    • It was conducted by the Bison Division under the aegis of Sudharshan Chakra Corps with assistance from Government of Telangana on 22 - 23 September 2017.
    • The Exercise synergised the efforts of all stakeholders (Army/Navy/Air Forces / NDRF / civil administration / CAPFs / other civil agencies) to assess the effectiveness of the plans, organisational skills and decision support system at each stage of the flood relief effort.

    12. OTA Chennai Trains Afghan Lady Officers.

    • As part of first military training being imparted by Indian Army to women officers from abroad, women officers of Afghan Army and Airforce were trained on basic military aspects including physical, weapon training, tactics, communication skills and leadership at OTA, Chennai from 04 - 24 December2017.

    Miscellaneous Events

    National Integration Tours.

    • As part of the Indian Army’s ongoing outreach programme to foster the spirit of National Integration across the entire swathe of the country various tours were organised.

    Army’s Super - 40 Initiative (J&K).

    • Army’s Super - 40 initiative for coaching the J&K youth for Engineering Entrance Exams broke all previous records when 26 boys and two girls from the state cracked the IIT-JEE Mains Exam 2017.

    Colour Presentation to Armoured Corps Centre and School.

    • The Hon’ble President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded the prestigious President’s Standards to Armoured Corps Centre and School, during a grand Ceremonial Parade held at Ahmednagar on 15 April 2017. The rare honour has been bestowed upon Armoured Corps Centre and School in recognition of commendable service rendered as a Flagship Mechanised Warfare Institution, providing excellent world class training to all ranks of Indian Army as also to all ranks from the friendly foreign countries.

    Signing of MoU between Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia.

    • Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi recorded their mutual intent for academic collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel, in a MoU signed on 28 Sep 2017.
    • This would enable soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.

    Empowering the Soldier by Project Yash Vidya.

    • A MoU was signed between Indian Army and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik on 21 Sep 2017 at New Delhi for a Bachelor’s degree Programme designed for the Army Personnel, giving special recognition to the in-service training/Army courses completed by providing exemption from studying certain courses.
    • The University will award Diploma in Self Empowerment and a Bachelors Degree in Arts or Commerce under Project Yash Vidya enabling them with academic qualifications for better future.

    Vijay Diwas celebrations.

    • In order to keep alive the spirit of War of Liberation of 1971 an arrangement of reciprocal visit by Muktijodhas and War Veterans was institutionalised in 2005.

    Sources – PIB, Ministry of defence website