• 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:

·        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.


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