Sainik School Kazhakoottam is planning to hold a passing out parade for the 2017-18 cadets on December 16. Three senior officers in the Indian Armed Forces cum former cadets of the Sainik School would be present at the parade organized on the school’s 57th Anniversary. They are namely Lt. General Sarath Chand, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Command, and Vice Admiral cum Vice Chief of Naval Staff Ajit Kumar P.
“The events of this year will be etched in the golden annals of the school’s history as it is poised to be a rarest of rare occasion where three of its illustrious alumni who are now three-star officers at the helm of affairs in the Indian Defence Service will be present,” an official said.
The Sainik School in Trivandrum was in the recent news for hosting the 9th edition of the All Kerala Inter School Basketball Tournament conducted annually in memory of Captain R. Harshan former Army Captain cum alumnus of the 1997 batch. This year up to 85 cadets are passing out of the Sainik School Kazhakoottam.
“This is a big moment for the school. All the three bigwigs are coming,” said Sam T. Samuel, former Indian Navy Pilot cum the President of the Old Boys’ Association. Sam T. Samuel graduated alongside former alumnus Lt. General Sarath Chand. “It is a matter of pride for the school it has alumni who are such senior officers of the armed forces,” he said.
Sarath Chand serves in the Indian Army as Vice Chief of Army Staff. He hails from Kottarakkara and took over the post in January this year. Lt. Gen. Chand would review the Passing out Parade of Sainik School Kazhakoottam. On the other hand, Lt. Gen. Cherish Mathson heads the South Western Command based in Jaipur since August and is an alumnus of the 1976 batch.
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff back in October. He was appointed in the Indian Navy in 1981 and specializes in gunnery and missiles. All three officers of the Indian Armed Forces would attend a day at the parade, which would include a valedictory speech and a felicitation ceremony for the competitions and achievements in the annual term.