Military school background ties medal-winning trio | Pune News

Pune: A first stint in different military schools and a strong desire to follow in the footsteps of family elders by becoming part of the Indian Armed Forces is what binds the medalists during the 142nd Course Passing Out Parade at the National Defense Academy ( NDA) in Khadakwasla.
“My grandfather, Mool Singh Rathod (75), served in the Army Medical Corps. My father, Tejpal Singh, wanted to join the army, but he couldn’t. I am proud today to fulfill his dream now,” said gold medalist Abhimanyu Singh, an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) in Dehradun.
His father and mother, Ratan Kanwar, were among those who attended the parade commanded by Abhimanyu. “He has been extraordinary since his school days, recipient of Honorary Sword for his promotion at RIMC. He was ranked 2nd in All India Merit List for NDA Entry. Today , he is also top of the NDA,” said Tejpal Singh, who runs a business in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Silver medalist Arvind Chauhan is an alumnus of the Rashtriya Military School (RMS) in Bangalore. “Serving for the nation is in my family. My time at RMS helped me develop camaraderie with other cadets,” said Chauhan, who will be a third generation officer and hails from Diwani Rohtak in Haryana. Her father serves in the army and her grandfather is retired.
Bronze medalist Nitin Sharma is an alumnus of Rashtriya Military School in Ajmer. His father is a serving subedar major in the Indian Army. His grandmother retired as honorary captain of the force. “I learned from my father and my grandfather that whatever task you are given, do it the best you can,” he said.

Carol C. Reed