Jammu. Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C Northern Command felicitated 33 pan India journalists of Defence Correspondents Course (DCC-2023) at Rezangla Hall, Udhampur today. The Course was organized by Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence.
The DCC-2023 under Col Amitabh Sharma, PRO Jaipur had congregated at Vizag for the DCC which commenced on 21 August 2023. The participants of the course after undergoing the Navy module at Vizag and Air force module at various locations of Pune, reached Jammu on 03 Sep 23 for Forward Area Tour from 04 to 09 September 2023.
The Army Leg commenced with visit to Ratnuchak Military Station to get an insight of Armoured Equipment, training activities. obstacle crossing drills and Tank Ride to get a feeling of battle zone. Thereafter they witnessed demonstration on Artillery equipment by Tiger Division and also the familiarisation of DCB close to International Border in Jammu District.
The DCC journalists were given a chance to see the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on the Line of Control (LC) in Poonch-Rajouri sector. They were taken to forward areas along LC in Jhangar and Bhimbar Gali, Rajouri and were briefed about demography of the region and LC.
During their visit Pinewood School, Hamirpur they interacted with the students and teachers. The course also visited the Corps Battle School, Sarol in order to witness the orientation training of soldiers and interacted with Indian Army soldiers during the visit. The visit of journalists to such remote locations helped them in understanding the hardships and the challenges faced by the troops of Indian Army and Awaam along the borders and in the hinterland in J&K..
During the valedictory function, Col Amitabh Sharma, PRO jaipur and Nodal Officer presented the Course report, Participants shared their experiences and
The Army Cdr awarded the certificates to the participants and emphasized on positive and factual reporting on defence matters.
In his address, the GOC-in-C emphasized the budding Defence journalists on sensible reporting on operations and reports on Bravehearts. He also emphasized on the National Security aspects while reporting stories on defence activities specially in LC or hinterland. The Army Cdr also stressed upon the role of journalist in the Nation Building.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that “the aim of the course was to get journalists from all over the country to give an overview of the functioning of the three wings of the Armed Forces.
The General Officer interacted with participants and complimented PRO(Defence) Jammu, Information Warfare branch of Northern Command and White Knight Corps for their whole hearted support for Forward Area Tour. In the end, Capt(IN) CG Raju, PRO Vizag alongwith Col Amitabh Sharma, Shri Manoj Roorkiwal, PRO Defence, New Delhi presented a memento to GOC-in-C on behalf of Shri A Bharat Bhushan Babu, ADG (M&C), HQ DPR, MoD & Principal Spokesperson of Union Minister for Defence.