The OTA Passing Out Parade conducted on 10th March 2018 witnessed the commissioning of 257 Cadets. The list of cadets here includes two Widows. The OTA POP will also witness the Cab driver turned Army officer, Om Paithane. The OTA Chennai POP will witness the young and energetic Gentlemen Cadets who will be commissioned int eh Indian Army with a responsibility to protect their motherland. After the commissioning, they will be allotted different branches along with different posting locations.
About Officers Training Academy, Chennai:
OTA Chennai is the place where young and determined candidates came to undergo 49 weeks of vigorous training and transform into a responsible Officer who is ready to serve the county at any cost. But OTA has a huge history behind.
Even before the actual establishment of Officers Training Academy, seven Officers Training Schools were set up in different parts of the country during 1942-45. The establishment was made to train huge count of officers, required at the time of World War II. But after WWII ends, these schools were totally closed down.
The OTA was then started as Officers Training School and was established in Pune and Chennai (then Madras), in 1962. The OTS Pune was not successful and was closed in 1964. But OTS Chennai continues to train the Officers for Indian Army. The OTS Chennai was initially established for Emergency Commission into Indian Army, but later it was granted permission to train Officers for Short Service Commission in Indian Army.
Interesting Facts about OTA Chennai:
- Seven Officers Training Schools were set up in different parts of the country during 1942-45.
- The OTA was then started as Officers Training School and was established in Pune and Chennai (then Madras), in 1962.
- Major Priya Jhingan was the first lady cadet of the Officers training academy. The cadet number of Major Priya was Cadet-001.
- It was officially inaugurated on 15th January 1963 by Brigadier Ram Singh.
- At OTA Chennai, Officers for all branches of Indian Army are trained except Army Medical Corps.
- Major Mohammed Ali Shah is one of the famous theater personality and Social Activist.
- Major Gaurav Arya is also a notable alumnus of OTA, Chennai who served the 17th Battalion in Indian Army.
- Colonel Saurabh Singh Shekhawat is one of the highly decorated officers who is commissioned form Officers Training Academy.