NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY (Pune - Maharashtra - India)


NDA is the sophisticated acronym of the National Defence Academy in Pune. It is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces where three sections of the defence field such as the Army, the Navy and the Air Force cadets are trained together before the get pre commissioning training in the respective service academies and it is one of the famous places to visit in Pune city.

The academy is located at Khadakwasla near Pune and it is the first tri service academy in the world. Since its establishment, the cadets from the academy have led and fought in major conflicts in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action.

At the end of the World War II, the then Commander in Chief of the Indian Army, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, after witnessing the experiences of the army during the war formed a committee to study various military academies in the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in 1946.

That committee came up with the idea of the establishment of a Joint Services Military Academy. After India got independent, the Chiefs of Staff Committee implemented the recommendations of the Auchinleck report and afterwards, the committee initiated a plan in late 1947 to establish a permanent defence academy. The foundation stone for the construction of the academy was laid in 1949 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

The NDA campus is situated about 17 km south west of Pune city. The administrative headquarters of the NDA, the Sudan Block is named like that in honour of the soldiers of Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the East African Campaign in Sudan. The building is a three storied one made of basalt and granite structure constructed with the famous Jodhpur red sandstone. The exterior design has a blend of arches, pillars and verandahs topped by a dome. There are a number of war relics in the campus along with an extensive library named the Vyas Library that accommodates more than 100000 printed volumes.

Location: NDA Alumni Association, National Defence Academy, PO NDA Khadakwasla, Pune-411023.

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