Youngsters from West Bengal do join the Indian Navy but their numbers aren’t as high as those from other states, particularly in north India. This, despite the fact that Presidency University alumnus A K Chatterji was the first Indian officer in the Navy to hold the rank of full Admiral and lead the force for nearly four years.
The Navy has now embarked on a mission to inspire youth from the state to join the Navy as a career.Stalls are being set up at exhibitions and officers are visiting schools and colleges to give pep talks.
“We would like more participation in the Navy from Bengal. The Navy offers very bright futures to youngsters. Unlike in the past, there are several streams that boys and girls can opt for. Those studying IT and engineering can apply for the technical and technological streams. The demand for such professionals will go on increasing as the Navy adopts more modern technology . The Navy provides job security and satisfaction. It also provides a lot of self-respect and pride. As part of Navy Week celebrations, we will reach out to youngsters with this message,“ said Commodore Suprobho K De, Naval Officer-inCharge, West Bengal.
As part of this exercise, the Navy participated in the 20th national exhibition organized by Central Calcutta Science and Cultural Organisation in Dumdum till Sunday . A 12member naval band from the eastern command in Visakhapatnam also performed at the exhibition.
On Saturday , a naval officer delivered a motivational speech, urging youth to take up the Navy as a career. Navy officers were also invited as chief guests by city schools for Independence Day celebrations.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 17-08-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com