National Defence Academy
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The National Defence Academy has restarted teaching Army cadets Urdu language in the sixth term.
The language is commonly used in Jammu and Kashmir, where many young officers are posted once they are commissioned into service after completing the one-year advanced military training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
“Three instructors, including a serving officer, are conducting Urdu classes for the cadets. They would mainly focus on basic aspects of the language. The aim behind this move is to reduce dependence on interpreters once they get posted in conflict zones,” Rear Admiral SK Grewal, the deputy commandant of NDA, told TOI.
The academy had started Urdu classes in the past but had to discontinue them owing to administrative constraints. This time, the academy has hired dedicated staffers to conduct the lectures.