Saturday, 26 February 2011
Hundred Years Of Honour And Glory
Corps of Signals Centenary Celebration
President Pratibha Patil, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, launched the Centenary Celebration of the Corps of Signals, marking hundred years of honour and glory, reports Asia Defence News.
On 15 February 2010 the Corps of Signals entered 100th year of its odyssey in its role as Communicators for the Defence Forces. It was the historic event of raising of 31st and the 32nd Divisional Signal Companies, the first Signal units, at Fatehgarh on February 15, 1911 that marked the raising of Corps of Signals. The motto of the Corps “Teevra Chaukas” i.e. “Swift and Secure” and its emblem depict the figure of “Mercury” the Roman version of “Hermes”, the messenger of Gods in Greek mythology.
The Corps of Signals is responsible to provide secure, reliable and responsive strategic, operational and tactical communications and spearheads the information technology revolution in the Indian Army. Given its onerous tasks, the Corps of Signals, has excelled in providing robust, resilient, ubiquitous, pan-India as well as area-specific defence communication networks which constitute a great national asset. The Corps has the honour of being presented the Regimental Colours by the then President, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on February 20, 1965.
Some of its noteworthy communication projects like Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Mr PV Narsimha Rao in August 1995 while in February 2006 the Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) was similarly dedicated to the nation by the then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
In the field of sports, the Corps has an excellent record. It has produced many a world class/Olympian sportsmen like MP Ganesh (Hockey), Leslie Fernandes (Hockey), S Jayaram (Boxing) and Ramanand (Boxing) to name a few. Hav KC Ramu was the first Indian who represented and won the International Marathon in 2005. Jayaram and Ganesh are the proud recipients of the Arjuna Award. The “Dare Devils” motorcycle trick-riders of Corps of Signals have won accolades for their display all over the country including the Republic Day Celebrations and have several Guinness and Limca Book of World Records to their credit. The Corps has pioneered microlight and Power Hang Gliding in the country.
Source: Harnessing Communication Revolution
Interview of the Month: He Commands Network Of Networks: Asia Defence News-February 15, 2011
Corps of Signals- Planning and Centenary Celebrations at Jabalpur and other Stations