Stating that battle space in future will be dominated by Hi-Tech arms and Artificial Intelligence, Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, told the graduated engineers of Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME), Secunderabad, to take the responsibility for sustenance of advanced weapon systems.
General Rawat delivered the convocation address for 99th Degree Engineering and 30th Technical Entry Scheme (TES) courses at MCEME in Secunderabad on Friday. He conferred engineering degrees to 67 officers, including two lady officers and two officers from Rwanda, who were trained here.
General Rawat said, “We live in an India which is marked by increasing economic activity, education, social growth, gender equality, urbanization and infusion of technology, all of which will bring wonderful opportunities and challenges. As techno warriors of the future, you must take responsibility of your future course and harness the opportunities.”
He informed the graduates that warfare history clearly indicates that technology plays a decisive role on the outcome of military conflicts and battles. “Future battle space will be dominated by guided missiles, artificial intelligence, unmanned platforms and network centric warfare. As can be well imagined, Army tech warriors will be at the forefront for sustenance of these weapon systems. Each one of you play a significant role in raising our technology threshold and driving Indian Army’s professional growth to greater heights,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commandant MCEME Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh said the college has recently linked up with the national knowledge network and is in the process of setting up procedures to harness the large knowledge pool existing in premier educational institutions like IITs, IIMs, ISB, JNU and JNTU Hyderabad.
On the sidelines of the event, General Rawat said they are compiling detailed data of disabled Army personnel to provide necessary assistance to them. However, he refused to answer TOI’s query about what the Army is planning to do about ‘dilution’ of Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) Act in ‘disturbed’ areas in wake of SC recently quashing the peals of 350 Army Personnel challenging registration of FIRs against them in J&K and Manipur where AFSPA is in force.