JORHAT, Aug 17 - The GOC of Army�s Dinjan-based 2 Mountain Division, Major General Ananta Bhuyan on Wednesday gave a call to the youths of the region to join the defence forces that offered an �exciting and a promising career�.
The GOC stated this while speaking as the guest speaker at a function organised to mark the 70th foundation day of College of Agriculture of the Assam Agricultural University at the Borbheta-based campus of the AAU here.
Bhuyan while stating that Indian defence forces in general and the Army in particular, the world�s fourth largest Army, was the �perfect� career option for those who wanted to serve the country and at the same time enjoy undertaking adventures, travelling and playing sports as the job in uniform had them all.
Stating that the Army had the best of sports, recreational facilities and adventure avenues, the GOC said that an army man during his job tenure gets postings at length and breadth of the nation that includes very rough terrains on the mountains, jungles, deserts, plains offering variety of challenging experiences.
�Another important aspect is respect and honour that is earned by the men in green from the society as the soldiers are always prepared to serve the nation during any case of eventuality, be it war or peace-time task like rescue and relief operations during any kind of natural calamities,� Major General Bhuyan said.
He said that the Indian Army which has a tradition of having high professional standards, earned laurels abroad as contingents deployed under UN missions across the globe have successfully discharged their duties and accomplished their tasks.
The senior Army official, while pointing out similarities between soldiers and those involved in agricultural research and development work as done by AAU, said the uniformed men work for nation�s security while the latter work for food security of the nation.
Major General Bhuyan said the slogan coined by former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, stressing about the role of agriculture sector and the defence forces in the aftermath of Chinese aggression was a very important call and is always applicable.
A presentation with the aid of video clippings on career options in the Indian defence forces with a focus on the Army was presented by Captain Varun Pathana as part of the GOC�s lecture.
AAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr KM Bujarbaruah, in his address, recollected the journey of the College of Agriculture and paid tributes to all those who had contributed to the development of the institute, which is a major component of the university.
Stressing on the need to boost the confidence level and accomplish missions swiftly as the Army does, the Vice-Chancellor said the university policy planners will have to undertake measures to imbibe such practices in the university from the Army.
He also emphasised on the need to enhance sports and other recreational facilities in educational and research institutes like AAU to make the career option in agriculture sector more attractive.
Earlier, the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture (AAU), Dipti Kumar Bora gave the welcome address.