Ex-student of BVM Ashti Debanjan Kundu to join NDA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 09:11:05


Staff Reporter,

Debanjan Kundu, ex-student of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir (BVM), Ashti, has cleared the entrance examination and the Services Selection Board to get his name in the coveted list of successful candidates who will join the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakvasla. Debanjan has opted for the flying branch of Indian Air Force (IAF).

Interacting with a highly delighted Debanjan, The Hitavada got to learn that he has tremendous interest in adventure sports and was an avid viewer of Discovery channel for this reason. He did his Std 12 from Hislop College and then joined Shri Ramdeo Baba College of Engineering to do Mechanical Engineering when the call came up.
Debanjan’s father Sujoy Kundu is employed in Ahmedabad while he is with his mother Nibedita, a house wife and younger brother.

A bubbling youth, Debanjan is an epitome of youthful exuberance, with a dash of adventure and josh that was visible on his boyish face right from the word go. He spoke of his mentor and Guru Flt Lt Shiwalee Deshpande of Prahar, who, on seeing this energetic youth got the indication of this candidate making it into the NDA, due to his positive nature, quick absorbtion and learning aptitude and that smile that said it all. Debanjan is also fond of many war movies.

Asked what tempted him to go for a career in Defence Services and pat came the reply. “The adventurous career , good life style, Prestige and status”. However, his mother felt that a large number of boys of Debanjan’s age are not aware of what is NDA and what are the various options open to join besides other openings to make a career in Defence Services.

Flt Lt Shiwalee lamented the fact that she had been approaching many schools for making a presentation before boys and girls of Std 9th and 10th regarding a career in Defence Services, but unfortunately the response has been luke warm. The presentation is free of cost and not time consuming and the impact on the child’s mind will be manifold. There is acute shortage of Quality Officers and unlike other competative examinations, NDA or Combined Defence Services, Air Force Common Admission Test(AFCAT), are comparatively much easier, more of a common sense kind of test, which any average intelligent student can easily crack. Training for the Services Selection Board Interview and tests is given by Prahar. They can become Engineer at Government expense by applying for the 10+2 scheme of the Indian Army, Navy, or join the Defence services through the Technical Entry scheme after completing their Engineering.

Even Armed Forces Medical College offers attractive openings to boys and girls who want to serve in Defence sector and at the same time become a qualified doctor with ample scope for higher specialisation at Government expense. The job is permanent, with good salary, perks, status and honour of being in the uniform of an officer. If one fails to make the grade in any of the entrance examinations, he has the option to join the Army as Territorial Army officer, get the same salary, perks and facilities with a higher age limit to join. Once selected, the Army will not let the individual leave, which many people think will make them a civilian again, she stated. Also present during the interaction was Col Sunl Deshpande VSM.