Army makes online registration a must for recruitment rallies
2 Jul 2015
SERVICE SELECTION CENTRE INAUGURATED IN KAPURTHALA; INTERIM ARRANGEMENT TILL PERMANENT SET-UP IS IN PLACE IN ROPAR
KAPURTHALA/CHANDIGARH: Doing away with conducting sudden recruitment rallies, the army has launched its new website, www. joinindianarmy.nic.in, in which aspirants have to apply online in case they wish to join the army.
Lt Gen RN Nair, director general, recruiting, who was in Kapurthala on Wednesday, to inaugurate the first Selection Centre North (SCN), said the online system would help them organise peaceful recruitment rallies.
“As the youth is passionate to join the army, thousands come to a rally, making it difficult for the recruiting officers to handle the rush,” he said, adding that the sudden rush of the youth coming to such rallies led to clashes and at times the army had to order cane charge to disperse the crowd.
Nair said the online system would help them identify the number of youth wanting to participate in a rally so that they could make necessary arrangements.
Nair, while inaugurating the centre, said that to mitigate the shortage of officers, the army felt the need to have an additional selection centre in the north. “We have especially selected the centre in Punjab as the youth here is passionate to join the army,” he said.
The centre will select candidates for becoming officers in the army. The event was graced by a host of civil and military dignitaries. Also present were representatives of the Rajya Sainik Boards from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
On this occasion, the congratulatory messages of Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, and Lt Gen KJ Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command, were also read out.
Based on a special request made by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to defence minister Manohar Parikkar for the early establishment of the selection centre, the Western Command had taken upon itself the task to select an ad hoc location for the centre.
The centre is expected to be ready to receive the first batch of candidates by March next year.
It will have two Service Selection Boards (SSBs). With this, the army will have a total of 12 selection boards meant to select officers in the army. The three existing selection centres are at Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Bengaluru (Karnataka).
The selection centre at Kapurthala is an interim arrangement till a permanent set-up is established at Rupnagar.