The Rashtriya Indian Military
College (RIMC), Dehradun traces its origin to the
Prince of Wales Royal
Indian Military College, inaugurated on 13th March 1922 by his Royal
Highness, Prince Edward VIII the Prince of Wales. It was then located on the
premises of the erstwhile Imperial Cadet Corps ( also called Rajwada Camp), set amidst 138 acres of lush green
countryside adjacent to Garhi Village in Dehradun Cantonment.
During his address to the first thirty-seven cadets he said,
"It is the first few blows
on the anvil of the life that give the human weapon the set and
temper that carry him through life's battles".
The Prince also made reference to the old Indian tradition of "Guru
and Chela". This relationship of mutual love and reverence has
formed the basis of RIMC ethos.
RIMC has a long history and rich
traditions. Over the year the alumni has produced many leaders of
society, both military as well as civil. Four chiefs of Army staff
and one chief of the Air staff in India; one Commander-in-chief of
the Army and two chief of the Air staff in Pakistan; scores of
officers of General/Flag/Air rank, Commanding corps, fleets, wings
and divisions and other distinguished appointments both sides of
the border. Besides, many high civilian dignitaries like Governors,
Ambassadors, Ministers and Captains of industry have passed through
the RIMC's hallowed portals. Portraits of such luminaries adorn our
walls at strategic places as inspiring beacons for young students
of the day.
The purpose of this institution was to provide Indian boys with
suitable education and training to ensure a high pass-rate for the
Indians being sent to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, as
part of the Indianisation program of the officer cadre of the
Indian Army. RIMC was not, in fact, a College, but a pre Sandhurst
institution run along the lines of an English public school. The
British believed that for becoming an army officer, if an education
in Britain was impossible, a public school education in India was
an absolute necessity.
The British believed that public school education was particularly
necessary for Indian boys whose up bringing made them suitable
for the rigors and self-discipline of army life. With this as the
vision to lay the foundation for the selected young men to enable
them to manage the National security affairs in later life. To
become a feeder institution to NDA, NAVAC, and also enable
cadets to apply for AFMC, CME & Technical entry (CTW) and any
other schemes from Where Cadets will join the defense
WHY RIMC ?
The Rashtriya Indian Military College is an Inter Services
Institute and a Category A establishment of the Ministry of
Defense alongside institutions like National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Officers' Training Academy, Chennai, and Indian
Military Academy, Dehradun.
The College provides public school education to young boys in the
age group of 11 1/2 to 18 years specially selected through an
All India competitive examination.
A dedicated feeder to the National Defense Academy and the NAVAC
Academy. The college aims
to send maximum boys to the NDA/NAVAC. Hence the stress on complete
education and all round personality development.
However in the event of a boy not joining the NDA due to any
reason, the RIMC guarantees, through the five years of academic
course, that he attains enough academic proficiency to get
admission in any professional or any other college in the country.
Nested in the foothills of the
Shivalik ranges in the sylvan surroundings of the Doon Valley, the
RIMC has a sprawling campus of 138 acres; an ideal setting green
and serene for developing young minds. It houses a mint township, a
mini India with 250 boys selected from every state strictly on
merit by a written examination, interview and a medical test.
The campus has quite a few heritage
buildings in Tudor Style, some nearly a hundred years old. These
elegant buildings houses the cadets in dormitories, with a mess and
dinning hall for meals; the education block with spacious class
rooms and well equipped laboratories manned by a thoroughly
professional faculty, with a teacher student ratio of 1:12.5.
Besides, it has a play fields, courts, swimming pool and all
facilities for co-curricular activity.
"Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a