Pune : 30 religious teachers to join Indian Army

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Pune, November 23, 2019: A batch of 30 Recruits Religious Teachers (RRTs) were commissioned as Junior Commissioned Officers on 23 Nov 19 after a colourful Passing Out Parade held at Institute of National Integration, Pune. Brigadier Samir Salunke, Commandant of 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 LI Regtl Centre and Naib Subedar (RT) Suneel Kumar of 2 ASC Regtl 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 grueling pre commissioning training incorporating subjects related to National Integration, Behaviour & Social Science including Spiritualism, Yoga, Psychological Counselling and Stress Management. The RTs passing out from INI were considered optimally ready to perform assigned duties of ‘Dharam Guru’ as also shoulder additional responsibilities of a Psychological Counselor and Mental Health Mentor in times of stress related environmental dynamics, across varied and harsh terrains along Northern and Eastern Borders. The Commandant further reiterated that these RTs indeed play a very important role towards building up of Morale, Motivation amongst troops and their families, to serve as a catalyst to ensure Unit’s Cohesion, thus contributing to Battle Winning Ethos prevailing in units.

INI as a premier and unique training institution established in 1984, remains committed in its resolve to serve as Nodal Centre for Behaviour and Social Science, while wholly contributing towards it’s primary mandate of Nation Building through National Integration as depicted by its logo of ‘Unity in Diversity’.