New Delhi: The Army will get a new Officers
Training Academy at Gaya in Bihar soon to help it increase
intake of new officers, against the backdrop of about 11,000
posts lying vacant.
The new academy will be in addition to the one existing in
Chennai, where Short Service Commissioned officers are trained
before induction in the Army.
"The Cabinet Committee on Security has approved opening of
a Second Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Gaya in addition
to one already existing in Chennai," Army spokesperson Col S
Om Singh said in a press release.
"This is a major long term step to obviate the problem of
reducing the shortage of officers in the Indian Army," he
The Army currently has about 36,000 officers compared to
its sanctioned strength of about 47,000.
Through this Academy, the Army would augment its capacity
to commission more Short Service Commission officers to fill
vacancies especially in junior and middle ranks.
While the Gaya Academy will commence training with 250
officers annually, it will be upgraded to its full design
capacity to train 750 officer cadets in due course of time.
"The Academy will also train officer cadre from friendly
foreign countries," he added.
The OTA at Gaya would have state-of-art infrastructure and
training facilities and the project would cost about Rs 360