Deccan Express: A batch of 30 Recruit Religious Teachers (RRTs) were commissioned as Junior Commissioned Officers on 30 June 2021 after a colourful Passing Out Parade held at Institute of National Integration (INI), Pune. Brigadier Hardeep Singh Dhodi, Commandant of Institute, reviewed the parade and awarded General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command Gold Medal and INI Commandant’s Silver Medals to Nb Sub Vikram Sharma of Punjab Regt and Nb Sub Gurpreet Singh of Armd Corps & Nb Sub Mohd Talha of Rajput Regt respectively who distinguished themselves in varied facets of 11 weeks of intense training.
The Commandant congratulated the commissioned JCOs for successful completion of pre commissioning training incorporating subjects related to National Integration, Behaviour & Social Science including Spiritualism, Yoga, Psychological Counselling and Stress Management. The Religious Teachers passing out from INI are ready to perform assigned duties of ‘Dharam Guru’ as also shoulder additional responsibilities of a Psychological Counsellor and Mental Health Mentor in times of stress related environmental dynamics, across varied and harsh terrains along Northern and Eastern Borders. The Commandant further reiterated that these RTs indeed play a very important role towards building up of Morale & Motivation amongst troops and their families, to serve as a catalyst to ensure Unit’s Cohesion, thus contributing to Battle Winning Ethos prevailing in Units.
INI as a premier and unique training institution established in 1985, remains committed in its resolve to serve as Nodal Centre for Behaviour and Social Science, while wholly contributing towards it’s primary mandate of Nation Building through National Integration, as depicted by its logo of ‘Unity in Diversity’.