Nagpur: National Academy of Defence Production, Ambajhari, Nagpur celebrated the passing out of 39 Probationary Officers of the Indian Ordnance Factories Service of 2014 (I) & (II) Batches on 17th Feb 2016 at a glittering ceremony in the Utsav Hall of the Academy.
A K Prabhakar, DGOF and Chairman, OFB was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory Function. Saurabh Kumar, Sr GM/ Ord Fy Ambajhari, T K Bandopadhyay, RCS, C B S Markam, Principal Director, Ordnance factory Institute of Learning, Dr Rajeev Chavan, Controller of Finance and Accounts, Gp Capt R P Singh, Cdr S D Hirukar, and other distinguished Guests from the allied agencies and Civil authorities graced the function.
In his Key Note Address, A K Prabhakar said that Graduating from an Academy is a milestone in the life of an Officer Trainee. He brought out that these young officers represent energy, enthusiasm, aspiration and opportunity for India. These future leaders can excel through trinity of honesty, integrity and hard work. IOFS cadre is a right platform to apply the engineering knowledge and make the nation proud. They would never regret that they joined this cadre, as they are ready to take the challenge in the factories on their posting.
In today’s scenario, ‘Make in India’ is an important guiding principle in defence production. Our aim is to make India self-reliant in defence production. Make-in India concept has been in the DNA of Ordnance factories from the very beginning. Based on the clarion call given by our Prime Minister, OFB would be the front runners in the race. We would be the lead integrators in bringing new technologies leveraging the capabilities and capacities of Private Sector. We are inching to achieve historic all time high production target of Rs 13500 crore this fiscal. We would take the same to Rs 20000 crore by 2017-18, as envisioned by Honorable Defence Minister.
OFB is proud of the indigenously developed 155/45 caliber ‘Dhanush’, the best gun in the world. OFB has also been successful in the firing trials of 155mm x 52 caliber. We have future plans to develop and manufacture SMERCH Rockets, Pinaka Mk-ll, latest version of 84mm Karl Gustav with tandem warheads, 125 mm FSAPDS Ammunition, new generation 5.56 assault rifles and New Generation Smart Ammunitions & FICV(Future Infantry Combat Vehicle). In the Parliament, our Raksha Mantri has reposed high trust on OFB by declaring its ambition of the stretched targets. We would ensure that we match the expectations of our RM.
He further said, we have to rise to meet the challenges that we face today. In this era of globalization and changing scenario, Ordnance Factories have to compete with the private sector in defence production, as we are no longer captive manufacturers. He said, we would not leave an iota of effort by delivering in desired quantity, quality and time line, which would be the building block for Brand OFB.
R Rajasekharan, Sr Principal Director, NADP, in his inaugural address brought out that dynamics of competitive environment is changing with opening up of Defence sector and Make in India Policy of Government of India giving a thrust to Innovation and Technology Management. As expectations from the stakeholders are increasing, NADP has reoriented its training to provide the best possible grooming to the future leaders in preparing them to take up the onerous responsibilities of a demanding career in Ordnance factories. He thanked all the stakeholders for helping NADP to succeed.
S Kumar, Course Director said the Academy takes pride in grooming techno-managerial leaders for tomorrow by giving them the right skills and values.
Hemant S Pakhaleand Saurabh Mishra, officers from passing out batches gave glowing tributes to the Academy. Nandini Palatand Abhishek Ananat compeered the valediction programme with aplomb.
The Chief Guest gave away certificates and mementos to the passing out Probationers. He also gave special awards to the outstanding probationers of the two batches. Shashi Pal and Nitin Lohanigot the Best Probationer Award and DGOF trophy. Saurabh Mishra and Shainky Rastogi got the Kalapgam Krishanmurthy award as the second best probationers.