Over the years the contribution of Punjab towards the NDA has gone down drastically from 30 to 40 % a few decades ago to only 2 % now. Taking note of this unfortunate trend the Government of Punjab decided to set up an institute with the specific charter of preparing boys for the NDA. With this in view Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) has been established in Sector 77, SAS Nagar (Mohali). Our first batch of cadets commenced training in April 2011. The three main facets of training at the Institute are Academics, Outdoor Training and development of Officer Like Qualities. The overall emphasis is on all round development of cadets in order to prepare them for the rigours of training at the NDA and service in the armed forces thereafter.

A career in the armed forces is more than just a profession. It is indeed a way of life. What makes this way of life so special? There are several unique facets. Patriotism is the most important. The country comes first always and every time. As officers in the armed forces we have the privilege of commanding men. This is a rare honour and in order to be worthy of this honour an officer must be a thorough professional. He must earn the respect and unquestioning loyalty of his men. Therefore command of men and the special bond that develops between the leader and his men is the second unique aspect of a career in uniform. The third facet is integrity. A good officer has to be imbued with total integrity. The reason why integrity is so indispensable in the armed forces is that often lives of men are at stake and therefore there can be no compromise with integrity.

What does a career in uniform offer you? It offers respect and honour. It offers adventure and excitement. It offers quality of life which is unparalleled elsewhere and esprit de corps which cannot be found in any other profession. It offers job security and excellent pay. Above all it offers you an opportunity to do something worthwhile for your country and in so doing leave your footprints on the sands of time. We at AFPI train young men for such a glorious life. What we are doing is not a job. It is a calling. Our reward lies in the success of the young men we train. Seeing the enthusiasm of the young cadets of “The Pioneers Course” I have no doubt that we shall succeed in our mission. But for this to happen we have to work hard in the months ahead. We are resolved to sparing no efforts in preparing the cadets for the NDA and life in service beyond.

I see a glorious future for the Institute. I have no doubt that in the years ahead we shall grow from strength to strength and very soon become the primary feeder institute for the NDA. As our alumni go on to achieve greater heights of glory in their chosen profession their achievements will give us the satisfaction and reward we are so earnestly seeking.

May God be with us in our endeavours.