New Delhi (NVI): Around 110 cadets including 21 female cadets have been commissioned as medical officers into the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) today.
Out of 110 cadets of the 55th (C3) batch of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), around 94 cadets were commissioned into the Indian Army, 10 in the Indian Air Force and six in the Indian Navy, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The preparatory period for commissioning of this graduating batch of AFMC has been curtailed to only two weeks against four to five weeks earlier.
These two weeks have been utilised completely to give intensive training to specifically prepare these young doctors to work in Covid care settings, the statement said.
The medical cadets have also completed the American Heart Association (AHA) certified course in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), it said.
The commissioned Medical Officers would be leaving immediately to join as interns in 31 AFMS hospitals across the country, which are also designated for COVID care of Armed Forces personnel as well as civilians.
The Medical Cadets were commissioned by Commandant, AFMC Lt Gen Nardeep Naithani in a brief ceremony at AFMC today.
The newly commissioned medical officers were administered the oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India by Col Training, AFMC Col AK Shakya.
The Passing Out Parade had to be called off for the first time since 1982, keeping in mind the Covid-19 restrictions, the statement said.
In his commissioning address, Lt Gen Nardeep Naithani expressed confidence that given their academic rigour and training, the newly commissioned Medical Officers would always measure up to the highest standards expected from military doctors.