Ezhimala: Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, the man who saw Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, through one of its most significant Phase-I expansion period, has taken up another assignment.

Indian Navy said on Friday that Vice Admiral Ajit will now assume the charge of the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) at New Delhi. He is a native of Ernakulam.

Navy said Vice Admiral Ajit was given a farewell at INA today at an impressive ceremony. He was in command of INA for two years and two months. He took over reins of the Indian Naval Academy on November 30, 2013.

In an interview to Mathrubhumi earlier, Vice Admiral Ajit had said that his dream of making INA on par with the IITs and IIMs, had almost become a reality.

“Our primary efforts is to turn the cadets into mentally, physically and technologically- sound officers who can taken on the challenges of the future. I believe technology will be the factor during future wars. We have ensured that our cadets get embedded with the best learning and training aids,” Vice Admiral Ajit, had said. 

Vice admiral Ajit

In Phase-II expansion plans, INA will increase the intake of cadets from the current 1300 to around 1500. And, in Phase-III plans (post 2019), INA will likely have access to training ships under its command. 

Here are some of the highlights of Vice Admiral Ajit’s tenure: 

* Standardisation and consolidation in the training philosophy.

* Interactions IITs & IISc through Memorandum of Understandings.

* Admiral's Cup sailing regatta that saw participation from 18 foreign navies.

* Augmenting key training, administrative and community infrastructure facilities.

* Setting up of Squadron, library, Logistics Complex, Motor Transport Pool, Navy 

Childrens' School (NCS) and Defence Civilian Canteen.