Shandesh Gurung, a Gorkha lad from Nepal, was awarded the coveted ‘Manekshaw Khukri’ during the passing out parade for 207 recruits at 58 Gorkha Training Centre (58 GTC) in Happy Valley, Shillong, on Friday.
The passing out parade is the culmination of rigorous training and transformation of a recruit into a young soldier of the Indian Army. The recruits took the oath of affirmation in the presence of Maj Gen Hemant Joneja, Colonel of the Regiment, 8 Gorkha Rifles.
“I complement 58 GTC for the excellent training and immaculate demonstration of military drill. I also congratulate the proud parents for successful graduation of their sons into military service,” Maj Gen Joneja told the gathering.
A Sengja youth from Nepal, Bikash Saru, also received the Dutta Trophy for standing overall second in merit. The parents of the two winners were also awarded Gaurav Padaks in recognition of their roles and contribution to the nation.
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