- President of India presents President’s colour to INS Dronacharya.
- The President’s Colour Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any military unit of India.
- It is also known as ′Nishaan′ which is an emblem that is worn by all unit officers on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform.
- It is an acknowledgement of the unit’s meritorious service.
- While the practice of carrying the Colour into battle has stopped, the tradition of receiving, holding and parading the Colour continues even today in the Armed forces.
- If the unit lose their colours, it is a disgrace for that unit and, if the unit captured the enemy’s colours then it is a great honour for that unit.
- The ‘Standards’ are awarded to Heavy Cavalry and the ‘Guidons’ are awarded to Light Cavalry.
- In the absence of the President of India, the Vice President of India does not present colours to regiments, ships or air squadrons.
- The responsibility of being the guest of honour in his or her absence is prerogative of the Services Chiefs.
· INS Dronacharya is the gunnery school of the Indian Navy.
· It is located in Kochi, Kerala.
· INS Dronacharya is entrusted with the training of officers and sailors of the Navy, Coast Guard and friendly foreign maritime forces on all aspects of gunnery and missile warfare.
· The unit is also the nodal centre for training of Sagar Prahari Bal and Navy’s centre for training in constabulary operations for several Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Nations.
· The unit is also the training authority for drill and ceremonials in the Navy and Coast Guard.
· INS Dronacharya was designated as the Centre for Excellence in Gunnery and Missile Warfare in 2004.
· The unit is affiliated with the Indian Army School of Artillery in the spirit of jointmanship.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB