Computerised Pilot Selection System
An agreement was signed between Indian Air Force and Defence Research and Development Organisation for a series production of Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) in New Delhi. The system has  been developed for the selection of pilots for the state-of-the art aircraft of IAF. It has been developed by Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, a premier institute of DRDO in collaboration with Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore. The CPSS is a state-of-the-art embedded micro controller-based pilot selection system with built-in security features that comprehensively evaluates the qualities required by the pilots including cognitive psychomotor skills.
The system captures accurate, reliable and high-speed data relating to the skills of a "candidate" appearing for pilot selection. It has been designed with built-in diagnostic facilities for ease of maintenance.
The agreement was signed by Air Cmde SBP Sinha, Principal Director (Acq), Air HQ on behalf of Indian Air Force and Dr Manas K Mandal, Director, DIPR on behalf of DRDO.
-Samir Sinha
COAS Inaugurates Mess
Army Chief, Gen VK Singh inaugurated and dedicated the ultra-modern Gentlemen Cadets Mess to Capt Vikram Batra at Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun.
The Vikram Batra GC Mess has a seating capacity of more than 1200 individuals at any given time. Special features in this ultra-modern facility, include completely automated kitchen equipment, dish washing appliances, solar water heating storage tanks, metal galvanised rust-proof roofing which has a service warranty for 15 years and a stand-by generator. It was indeed a giant step in the direction of overall modernisation at Indian Military Academy.
input : Lt Col Bhaskar Gupta
Visit of Chief Signal Officer
Brig Avtar Singh, Chief Signal Officer, Headquarters, ATNK & K Area (Signals) visited Hyderabad and Secunderabad Cantonment. He visited Andhra Sub-Area Signal Company and evinced keen interest in communication setup of entire Secunderabad Cantonment. During his visit to Signal Company, he interacted closely with Officer Commanding, Lt NVS Subrahmanya Kumar and his team and commended them for various projects undertaken by them to improve communication of entire station and appreciated for providing flawless communication.
-Maj K Ramesh
Raising Day
Headquarters Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala Area celebrated its 63rd Raising Day recently. The celebration was marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial. Lt Gen BK Chengappa placed the wreath at the memorial to pay homage to the martyrs.
On this day, the command of Area was changed over from British to Indian Army and the national flag was hoisted on the Area building. Maj Gen Shri Nagesh (later COAS) was the first Indian Army officer to assume the command of this Area on September 15, 1947.
-N Andavan from Chennai
Medical Camp at Gagarhill
Three Punjab organised a free medical camp at Gagarhill village under Boniyar tehsil in Baramulla district. A team comprising Capt Prakash Bishnoi, Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) 3 Punjab provided free medical advice and medicines to patients at the camp. A total of 128 adults and 83 children were examined. The camp concluded with an awareness capsule on personal hygiene, family planning, immunisation of children at regular intervals and importance of breast-feeding of infants.
input : Col Vikram Sharma
AIMT students Join Corporates
Army Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT), located at Greater Noida has a good reason to rejoice. Of the 113 of its students who qualified on the two-year MBA programme in the last academic year, 95 were picked up by various corporates. Others too have joined various other ventures.
The companies who considered picking up the AIMT students include big names such as Deloitte India, HCL Infosystems, ICCI Group, Indiabulls Securities, Naukri. com, Pantaloons and HT Media. The students would now draw an initial annual package up to Rupees 3.75 to 4.2 lakh.
Director of AIMT, Brig (Dr) MK Kushwaha (Retired) aims to further strengthen the placement process. He feels that AIMT is most suitably located to tap the enormous job markets of the commercial and industrial belts of Delhi and the NCR.
input : Prof Shruti Gupta
Youth Employment and Guidance Node
The Ace of Spades Division has given a further impetus to the employment opportunities by opening two 'Youth and Employment and Guidance Nodes' in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. This noble initiative was carried out with the aim of providing a platform with limited material support to the youth of the region to strengthen their capabilities and to create awareness which would lead them to take an informed decision on their future.
As many as 470 young boys and girls have registered at the Mendhar Node and 257 in Keri Node.
-Col S Om Singh
IAF airlifts Tigress
The 107 HU is a premier helicopter unit of SWAC, IAF. During the multifarious operations carried out, the unit already has several achievements to its credit. The unit achieved yet another milestone when it airlifted a tigress from Ranthambore to Sariska Tiger Reserve.
The inclement weather and the right time to sedate the tiger actually demanded some prudent decision-making by the Captain of the helicopter, Wg Cdr J Yadav. The crew were able to position the helicopter successfully at Ranthambore on time from where the tiger was flown to Sariska.  Of the five tigers present today at Sariska, three have been airlifted by the unit.
-Wg Cdr TK Singha
Forever in Help
Gujjar and Bakkarwal tribes migrate from the plains of Jammu and Rajouri in search of pastures for their livestock. As part of its drive to help them, Army has been regularly conducting medical and veterinary camps.
A similar camp was organised at Mughalpura when Army received information that a pregnant Bakkarwal woman at Minamarg has started having labour pains. The Army medical team immediately dispatched the only available lady doctor to attend to the woman. Despite bad weather and disrupted road communication due to the incessant rains and inhospitable terrain the team reached the 'dera'. The team straight away got involved in the delivery providing quintessential postnatal care to the mother and the newly born girl child. The timely medical care with sterilised equipment and clean clothes prevented any post-delivery complications.
input : Lt Col AA Parashare
Chetak Farm Fresh
Chetak Farm Fresh for all ranks of Bathinda Military Station was inaugurated by Lt Gen PK Goel. Lt Gen K Surendra Nath, Maj Gen RS Gujral and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
It is a unique facility in the Armed Forces in India wherein troops of Bathinda Garrison will collect ASC supplied fresh rations in fully air- conditioned environment.
The collection of fresh rations of right quality has always been a time consuming activity and an immense challenge to most of the stations. Chetak Farm Fresh successfully addresses these problems by combining modern management practices with state-of- the-art technology thus ushering into a new era.
input : Lt Col Bhaskar Gupta
'Van Mahotsava' at Ratnuchak
Sabre Brigade celebrated van mahotsava at Ratnuchak Military Station. In order to make all ranks and families aware of hazards of the pollution and importance of planting tree, a 'Run for Green Earth' was organised followed by plantation of tree saplings. Approximately 1200 saplings were planted at the station. Mr KR Sharma, Chief Horticulture Officer, Jammu gave a talk on afforestation and maintenance of trees. The event culminated with Mrs Naveeta K Singh, Senior Director, Family Welfare Organisation, Sabre Brigade giving away prizes to the winners of the run. The event was attended by soldiers and their families with great zeal and enthusiasm.
input : Maj Jitendra Dogra
'Bageecha' at Bhusawal
With the aim of beautification and creation of environmental milieu at Bhusawal Military Station, a fruit orchard "Bageecha" has been added by planting saplings of fruit-bearing trees. All families within the station planted a sapling each and undertook an oath to ensure that they would nurture the trees as members of their family.
The drive stressed upon igniting the minds of young generation to love nature and make use of barren land for creative purposes in order to create a salubrious atmosphere. The plantation will help in reducing carbon footprint and improving the flora and fauna of Bhusawal Military Station.
input : Lt Col RS Thakur
Medical Health Camp at Rewa
A medical camp was organised at Rewa Sainik School for the benefits of ex-Servicemen of Rewa and adjoining areas. The camp was inaugurated by Maj Gen GS Chopra, MG Medical, Madhya Bharat Area in the presence of Brig AK Upadhyay, Commandant Military Hospital Allahabad. A large number of specialists and facilities were made available during the camp.
A total number of 500 ex-Servicemen were examined at the camp. The camp was also used for screening hypertension, diabetics mellitus and anemia.
-Gp Capt Amit Mahajan from Allahabad
CME at MH Wellington
Military Hospital, Wellington organised a CME on 'Common Emergencies including Lifestyle Diseases' with an emphasis on management of common conditions at grassroot level under the leadership of Brig BNBM Prasad, Commandant.
The medical update was inaugurated by Maj Gen S Kumaravelu, a senior neurophysician of international repute. It was attended by the IMA president, Dr Santosh Kumar and many other eminent doctors both from Army and civil. Gen S Kumaravelu in his presidential address, highlighted the impacts of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease in the urban society.
During CME, many eminent doctors drawn from different parts of  the country deliberated on various topics of clinical importance.
input : Lt Col Rajesh Khanna
Online Survey for Houses
A new link 'Online Survey' has been added in Army Welfare (AWHO) Website www. awhosena.org wherein one may apply for stations of his/her choice. If found viable, projects will be undertaken in these station.
AWHO is determined in its aims of providing economically viable quality house with all modern amenities to serving/retired army personnels and their widows on 'no profit no loss basis'.
Jai Jawan affordable housing schemes have been undertaken for PBORs and their widows in stations  where land is allotted by State Government on concessional rates. Haryana State Government has been kind enough for proposed allotment of land at Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar and Rohtak for this schemes. The schemes for these stations will be announced after acquisition of land.
input : Rita Bhalla
Veteran Gets New Lease of Life
Fiftyseven year old Mr Paramjit was an athlete and a boxer while in service and had seen active service while serving with a battalion of the Punjab Regiment. For the last ten years he had a progressive deterioration in his cardiac condition to the extent that over the last one year he had repeated hospitalisation for what was essentially known as end-stage heart disease. His only hope was a heart transplant. The brave family of a brain-dead service personnel agreed to donate his organs for the former athlete. Mr Paramjit underwent a heart-transplant operation at Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi.
Now it is more than three months after his operation and Mr Paramjit has learnt to look after himself, observe the necessary precautions, come for routine check-ups and, most importantly, he is leading an almost normal life.
input : Lt Col Sanjay Kumar Mishra
Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony
The 23rd annual prize distribution ceremony of the Army Public School (APS), Nehru Road, Lucknow concluded with fanfare in Lucknow Cantonment.
The event commenced with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony by Maj Gen Narender Dogra, MG, Army Ordnance Corps, Central Command and Chairman Army Public School, Nehru Road Lucknow who graced the occasion as the chief guest. The Annual Report 2009-2010 of the school was presented by the Principal, Mrs Neena Mathur. A variety entertainment programme by the students of the school kept the audience enthralled all through the evening.
- Dr KA Sagar from Lucknow
Gunners Heritage Motorcycle Expedition
The 244 Field Regiment, "Sadaiv Aage", of HQ 10 Infantry Division, HQ 10 Artillery Brigade organised 'Gunners Heritage Motorcycle Expedition'. The enthusiastic and motivated team, led by Capt AK Singh, consisted of three officers and nine other ranks. The team covered 4100 km in mountains of Jammu & Kashmir, plains of Punjab, deserts of Rajasthan, Rann of Kutchh and Western Ghats of Maharashtra to reach its final destination where it was flagged in at Artillery Centre, Nasik.
The expedition spread goodwill and motivated youth by interacting with the people throughout western border of India. The team enroute paid homage to the martyrs and the battlefields where the Artillery had excelled like Laleali, Piquiet 707, Dera Baba Nanak and Longewala.
A view of the agreement signing ceremony
Army Chief, Gen VK Singh inaugurating Vikram Batra Mess at IMA
Brig Avtar Singh at Secunderabad Cantonment
Lt Gen BK Chengappa saluting after laying a wreath at the war memorial
Medical check-up at the camp
Ms Sonam Sala and Mr Sanjeev Manchanda, students of the placement batch, receiving a cash award of Rs 10,000 from Dr Dinesh Singh, Advisor, AICTE for excellence in debating
Chetak farm fresh being inaugurated by Lt Gen PK Goel
'Run' in progress
'Bageecha' at Bhusawal Military Station
Maj Gen GS Chopra inaugurating
the camp
Jai Jawan Awas Yojana, Allahabad
Mr Paramjit with family members
The students and teachers of APS, Nehru Road, Lucknow
with Maj Gen Narender Dogra
The participants of the expedition