February 04, 2021: Armed Forces preparatory institute foundation has been laid in Hoshiarpur in order to facilitate more youths who wish to take up defense service as a career.
On February 03, 2021, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of Sardar Bahadur Amin Chand Soni Armed Forces Preparatory Institute at Hoshirapur’s Bajwara village.
As per the statement release, the preparatory institute will be executed at a cost of INR 27 crore for an area of 12.75 acres. The institute is set to be completed by the end of 2021.
Sardar Bahadur Amin Chand Soni Armed Forces Preparatory Institute will train a total of 270 eligible and qualified applicants per year.
Referring to the Armed forces preparatory institute, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said, "The institute will be instrumental in realizing the dreams of Punjab's young sons and daughters to join the armed forces".
"At a time when women pilot officers are flying the Rafale and helicopters and are actively involved in every field of the armed forces, the day will soon come when girls in India will be part of the fighting force like their counterparts in other countries", he further added.
Additionally, on the occasion, Punjab CM has also mentioned the role played by Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), which is situated in Mohali, in providing excellent defense training to youth.
Chief Minister stated that the institute has trained a total of 144 cadets out of which 97 of them have joined the NDA while the remaining cadets were recruited as officers from April 1, 2017, to December 31, 2020.
"Since its inception, 156 out of 384 cadets trained at AFPI had joined NDA and 69 were commissioned as officers," he added.
Captain Amarinder added "The prestigious institute has so far trained 75 cadets, of whom seven were selected for Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)/Air Force Central Admission Test (AFCAT) and three were commissioned as officers from April 1, 2017, to December 31, 2020".
As per the records, the institute’s number of trainees who went to the armed forces after finishing the training has been increased up to 45 percent.
Secretary of Employment Generation, Rahul Tiwari, added that the "The institute will run three courses in a year of three months duration with intake capacity of 40 candidates, thus imparting training to 120 candidates in a year under its Entrance Exam Training Wing (EETW)".
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