Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations at Defence Services Staff College(DSSC).


It was in 1902 that Lord Kitchener proposed to establish an Indian Staff College.  In 1903, an Indian Staff College was established in Deolali.Itmoved to Quetta (Pakistan) in 1905. Post-Independence and resultant division of military assets, the Indian Staff College was established at Wellington on 08 Nov 1947.It is one of the earliest institutions of its kind in the entireworld and provides, under one roof, training to officers ofthe Army, the Navy and the Air Force, along with officers of the Civil Services. DSSC has acquired an enviable reputation the world over for its pursuit of academic excellence.The College was awarded the “Presidents Colours” in 2016.

The ‘Owls’started the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celeberations in uncharacteristic style by running and not pen pushing. A group of four Directing Staff completed a 75 Km run on 15 Aug 21. Wg Cdr Sandeep Kinha, Col MK Gaind, SM, Col CS Belliappa and Col Navin Rajan, SM, known as ‘Running Owls’ commenced running on 14 August at 1850 hours from Dodabetta (highest peak in South India) and ran throughout the night inspite of monsoon showers. As a tribute to the fighting spirit of our nation, the runners completed a  distance of 75 km in 11 hours on 15 August 21.

04 Sep 21 witnessed Sailingat Watermanship training Centre, Pykarato commemorate 75 years of Independence. 200 personnel including International Student Officers, permanent staff and families participated in the event.The event included a sailing race and a kayak race. The sailing regatta was conducted with 12 Enterprise class sailing boats crewed by student officers from all three Wings, in the true spirit of ‘jointmanship’.

On 23 Oct 2021, more than 500 officers, families and children of Defence Services Staff College came together to scale beautiful and serene peaks of Nilgiris.It was a trek through pristine jungles overcast by scenic beautiful skies, albeit with a upslope of 4.5 Kmsupto Toda village.  The ladies thronged the stalls setup by locals selling traditional jackets and shawls. The local villagers performed the traditional dance for hikers invited participants to join the traditional dances.The last part of the trek was a mix of walk-through tea gardens and road to the War Memorial.

Pedal Pushers of DSSC on 23 Oct 21.  bicycled 75 Km to Kodanad viewpoint and back with an altitude gain of approx 1000m. The route enabled connecting with local Badaga, Kurumba and Toda tribal hamlets.69 riders including ladies and children participated in the event.

The cultural programme ‘JAI HO’ organised on 29 Oct 21showcased  evolution of Indian culture over past
75 yrs and put on display the rich heritage of Indian folklore.Tribute was paid to the lives lost during the Covidpandemic via contemporary dance form by a group ‘Moons of Jupiter’.