Today is the day when Foundation Stone Laid for Prestigious NDA by Jawaharlal Nehru
On this day Former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of the National Defence Academy, the world's first tri-services military training institute. The National Defence Academy has since then proved its mettle by setting an example for the world.
The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services i.e. the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force train together before they go on to their respective service academy for further pre-commission training.
The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world. The alumni of NDA include 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 12 Ashoka Chakra recipients. NDA has also produced 27 service Chiefs of Staff to date.
The current Chiefs of Staff of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are all NDA alumni from the same course. The 137th course graduated on 30 November 2019, consisting of 188 Army cadets, 38 Naval cadets, 37 Air Force cadets and 20 cadets from friendly foreign countries.
The Supreme Court of India passed an order in August 2021 that allowed female candidates to appear for the 5 September 2021 NDA entrance examination.
NDA Academy Motto
The scroll or motto is fashioned on a ribbon at the base of the insignia upon which the sword hilts and the bottom of the anchor stand. The motto has been inspired and extracted from the Bhagavat Gita:
Karmanevadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachina
(Your duty is action with no eye on the fruits it will bring)
The ideal ('nishkam karma') was put in the scroll in its English translation as 'Service Before Self'. In the fifties it was decided to do away with an English motto and have a corresponding Sanskrit version, keeping in line with the Indian culture. Thus, 'Service Before Self' was translated into 'Seva Parmo Dharm'.