MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY INSTITUTE
“Cradle of Military Leadership”
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) has been established by the Government of Punjab in Sector 77, SAS Nagar (Mohali). The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab is the Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute. The first batch of 45 cadets commenced training at the institute on 25 April 2011.The second batch of 46 cadets joined us in April 2012.
The institute aims at training selected young boys from Punjab for permanent commission in the Armed Forces through the National Defence Academy. The institute is designed to train 96 boys at any one time.
The motto of the institute is “Nischay Kar Apni Jeet Karoon”.
The Honour code for cadets is as under:-
“I will be truthful, trust worthy, honest and forthright under all circumstances. I will always follow the righteous path and constantly encourage my comrades to do so. I undertake to live up to the high values and principles of this great institution and the services which I aspire to join.”
The Cadet’s Prayer is recited every morning at muster fall in. The prayer is as follows:-
“Dear God, we pray to thee for thy guidance and support in our endeavour to join the National Defence Academy and become leaders of men in the armed forces of our country.
We pray for physical strength to face the trials and tribulations that lie ahead of us and the tenacity to overcome every hurdle that comes our way.
Ignite in us the desire to excel in our academic pursuits and the wisdom to apply the knowledge that we acquire in the journey of life.
Awaken in us the admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and guide us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.
Grant us the courage which knows no compromise or retreat when truth and righteousness are in peril so that we may never falter in doing our duty to our country and to the men we command.”
Institute Crest and Colour
The institute crest symbolises the three services ie the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. In addition, since there is a lot of emphasis on Academic training, this is indicated by an open book.
Traditionally the colour of jointmanship in the services is Maroon. The colour is derived from a mix of the colours of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in equal proportions with the colour of blood to depict sacrifice. Since the institute caters for aspirants for all three services, the colour of the institute is maroon.