Pune, March 19, 2020: 103 medical graduates were commissioned into the Armed Forces Medical Services at a Commissioning Ceremony held at Armed Forces Medical College, on 19 March 2020. Lt Gen RS Grewal, AVSM, VSM, DGMS (Army) was the Chief Guest at this distinctive tri-services commissioning ceremony. The ceremony was held under overall supervision of Lt Gen Nardeep Naithani, Dir & Comdt, AFMC.
A total of 134 students of the College, including five students from foreign nations, passed the final MBBS examinations of MUHS in the winter session exam of 2019. 103 medical cadets were commissioned into Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). 80 medical cadets got commissioned in Army, 12 in Air Force and 11 in Navy.
Armed Forces Medical College is a unique tri-service organisation dedicated to the service of the Armed Forces and the nation. A total of 6806 medical graduates have passed out of AFMC since 1966. The first commissioning ceremony was held at AFMC in 1982 and since 2008, the commissioning ceremony parade has been commanded by a newly commissioned officer.
Medical Cadet (Lt) Akhil Mathew of B3 batch had the honour of Commanding the parade this year. 83 male officers and 20 women officers joined the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) this year.
The Commissioning Ceremony was followed by the Academic Awards presentation by Lt Gen RS Grewal, AVSM, VSM, DGMS (Army). He presented trophies, prizes and medals, to recognize outstanding achievements in academics and all round performance by the medical cadets. This year, the prestigious ‘President’s Gold Medal’ was awarded to Medical Cadet (Flg Offr) Shantanu Khanna. ‘Kalinga Trophy’ & Maj Gen NDP Karani Trophy was awarded to Medical Cadet M Sri Saran.
AFMC has been consistently rated amongst top medical education institutions in the country by various surveys and has an impeccable academic track record. In the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) examinations in Winter 2019 students of AFMC scored a pass percentage of 99.25% in the final MBBS.
The commissioning parade included spectacular Fly past by Indian Air Force Helicopters. The event also witnessed an exhilarating performance by Pipe Band of Army Medical Corps followed by a military display of helicopter borne casualty evacuation operation by Army Aviation team.