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 Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun

Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun

A commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), a feeder institution for National Defence Academy & Indian Naval Academy :

राष्ट्रीय भारतीय सैन्य कॉलेज : RIMC CentenaryIssued by India

Issued on Mar 13, 2022

Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun on its Centenary year.

Credits :
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 402945

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

About : 

  • Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) was founded on 13 March 1922 with the object of providing training to boys of Indian domicile wishing to become officers in the Armed Forces. The genesis of the institution lay in the fact that a concerted push for the Indianisation of Military Leadership of the Armed Forces of India came from the incumbent political establishment.
  • Catering to the legitimate military aspirations of Indians and the persistent political push to allow representation of able and deserving youth in the Defence Services of the Crown, the ‘Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College’ was founded on 13 March 1922 by the then Prince of Wales Prince Edward VIII, duke of Windsor. Upon completing the course of instruction, boys from the PWRIMC were further sent to pre-commission training establishments in the UK like the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and RAF Cranwell.
  • RIMC is an Inter Service Category ‘A’ establishment administered through the Army Training Command, Shimla. It is a feeder institution to the National Defence Academy and the Naval Academy while also enabling cadets to join the Defence Services through any other entry scheme. The College has an all India footprint with select eligible cadets being drawn from all corners of the country which translates into representation of each State of the nation and most Union Territories. The RIMC lends itself to train, educate and motivate cadets to ensure a career in the military is their natural preferred calling. Every activity in the College is objective-based, well thought out and precisely timed to mould future leaders.
  • Rimcollians, as RIMC alumni are called, have won the highest gallantry awards of pre and post independent India. Lt Gen PS Bhagat won the Victoria Cross and Maj Somnath Sharma was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra in India. General KS Thimayya, a distinguished alumnus, was honoured with the Padma Bhushan. In addition to the VC and PVC, the Rimcollians have been conferred with 03 Orders of the British Empire, 03 Members of the British Empire, 04 Distinguished Service Orders, 02 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 13 Military Crosses, 02 Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medals, 02 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 59 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 02 Maha Vir Chakras, 04 Kirti Chakras, 02 Padma Shri, 82 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 15 Vir Chakras, 12 Yudh Seva Medals, 07 Shaurya Chakras, 123 Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medals, 04 President’s Police and Fire Services Medals and 99 Vishisht Seva Medals amongst others.
  • RIMC’s crowning glory remains that it has given four Chiefs of Army Staff and two Chiefs of the Air Staff to India and two Chiefs of Air Staff and a Commander-in-Chief of Army in Pakistan. As on March 2021, a total of 4274 students have joined RIMC of which more than 2600 are proudly serving in the Armed Forces of the nation. This diverse and eclectic sprinkling of Rimcollians across both sides of the border has contributed to their respective nation building as well as friendly overtures on occasions.
  • The College has dedicated its existence to producing leaders of mettle & resolve and they have gone on to shape the fledgling native military leadership in the nation – a leadership that has shaped the Indian Armed Forces that steered the nation to decisive to hard fought victory in wars and numerous operations. The institution’s contribution to the military leadership has in its own way contributed to the cause of nation building.
  • Text : Referenced from contents provided by the proponent.
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