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NDA to welcome first batch of women cadets in 2023, Centre tells SC

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is preparing for the admission of female cadets, and women candidates will be able to appear for the entrance exam starting in May 2022, according to the government.

The government said in an additional affidavit filed with the Supreme Court that it is in the process of establishing "appropriate" medical standards and training regimens, as well as putting in place necessary infrastructure, including "robust physical separation between male and female residential areas."The government told the court that "only medically fit candidates meeting selection criteria are allowed... standards for male cadets are in place, appropriate standards for women are in the process of formulation... taking into account age and nature of training, as well as functional/operational requirements,"

The government also told the court that there were "no parallel (physical) requirements for female candidates," but that they were being developed, and that "the issue requires comprehensive analysis, including expert inputs to maintain operational preparedness."

"... diminution of physical training... for female applicants will invariably damage battle worthiness of the armed forces," the administration added.

Prior experience (from previous pre-commissioning training academies) revealed that "strong physical isolation" of residential quarters was a critical aspect of infrastructure, according to the government.

Increasing the number of bathrooms and medical aid facilities will be among them.


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