MANGALDAI: In 2016, a young and dynamic boy from Assam created a record in the glorious history of the National Defence Academy (NDA) - the prestigious institution for the tri-service which is the only of its kind in the world, and brought laurels to Assam by emerging as the first Assamese youth to receive the President's Gold Medal (PGM) as the best cadet and to command the passing out parade (POP) in the NDA. Continuing his journey towards success, this boy on June 10, 2017 again created a record in the passing out parade in Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun claiming the prestigious 'Sword of Honour' with Gold Medal and was also adjudged as the 'Best Cadet' to command the passing out parade. The then Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat had presented the 'Sword of Honour' and the Gold Medal to this worthy boy from Assam. He is now a Major in the Indian Army with a strong sense of national integrity, patriotism, determination, discipline, and resolution and he has been appointed as one of the Aides-de-camp (ADC) to the President of India. Perhaps he is the first from Assam to become an ADC to the President of India.
He is Major Avinash Chhetry, the eldest son of Anjana Chhetry and Purna Bahadur Chhetry, originally from a village in Sadiya in the Tinisukia district, now settled in Tezpur. PB Chhetry had recently retired from service as Additional Deputy Director of SIB. In the recent two-day duration of the visit of President Draupadi Murmu to Assam, ADC Major Chhetry, without coming to media limelight, accompanied the visiting President.
Born on October 11, 1995 Major Avinash, after completing his nursery classes at Sacred Heart Montessori School, Tezpur studied in Class I and II in Don Bosco, Tezpur and following the transfer of his father, Avinash got admission directly into class IV in DAV Public High School in Bihar, skipping class III for his extraordinary merit. Following his father's transfer again to Assam, he studied Class VI in Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF, Khanapara in Guwahati, and class VII in Kendriya Vidyalaya at Solmara in Tezpur.
With the high ambition to join the Air Force, he topped the entrance examination in the lone seat reserved for Assam in Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun and completed his education from Class VIII to Class XII in RIMC. During his days in RIMC, Avinash changed his mind to join the Indian Army and got selected for NDA. Avinash also secured the gold medal in Boxing, Athletics and Firing during his days in NDA and was also awarded the certificate of proficiency in Arabic language from the School of Foreign Language. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, during his tenure as the Education Minister, had congratulated Major Chhetry for the extraordinary achievement in NDA and in IMA vide a letter.
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