Club & Societies

All-round development of the personality of the Officer Trainees is the prime objective of training in the Academy. The trainees in the Academy are encouraged to lead a rich and varied campus life.

Whilst at the Academy, Officer-Trainees engage themselves in indoor and outdoor activities through Clubs and Societies. The Office-bearers of these Clubs and Societies are elected by the Officer-Trainees, under the overall guidance of Director’s Nominees. At the end of the course, the Officer Trainees are evaluated for their participation in the activities of various Clubs and Societies as part of Director’s Assessment.

Activities of the Clubs and Societies provide an excellent medium to the Officer Trainees for self-expression and development. Officer Trainees generate activities which are not only entertaining but also enrich the campus life of the Academy. All the Officer-Trainees are expected to participate actively and make full use of the facilities according to their taste and disposition. At times, these Clubs & Societies collaborate to conduct joint activities.

The Director’s Nominee/ Associate Director’s Nominees provide necessary guidance and assistance in the running of Clubs and Societies.  Faculty members and their families are invited to join the Officer Trainees in all such activities. The Clubs and Societies are provided with annual and bi-annual grants-in-aid in addition to the fund they receive through membership fees.

The various clubs and societies in the Academy include:

  1. Adventure Sports
  2. Alumni Association
  3. Computer Society
  4. Film Society
  5. Fine Arts Association
  6. Hobbies Club
  7. House Journal Society
  8. Management Circle
  9. Nature Lovers' Club
  10. Officers' Club
  11. Officers' Mess
  12. Rifle & Archery Club
  13. Society for Contemporary Affairs
  14. Society for Social Service

1. THE ADVENTURE SPORTS CLUB

Composition :  1 Secretary and 3 Members

Objectives

  1. To inculcate the spirit of adventure amongst the OTs by organizing  adventure sports. 
  2. To periodically organise adventure sports like cross country run, horse riding show, river rafting, mountaineering, rock-climbing, hang-gliding, para-sailing etc.

Activities

  1. Bungee Jumping
  2. Jungle Safari
  3. Cycling
  4. River Rafting Etc.

2. THE COMPUTER SOCIETY

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

  1. Promoting computer knowledge and skill among the OTs in an informal and friendly way.
  2. To create interest and awareness among the OTs by organizing activities like on line games, computer quiz, presentation and other competitions.
  3. To motivate OTs to develop useful software/coding for OTs as well as the Academy during their training.
  4. To extend IT support to other clubs and societies for events like India Day, Fete etc.

Activities

  1. Organizing computer tutorial sessions outside the regular classroom sessions to benefit OTs.
  2. Providing multimedia facility for the OTs.
  3. To propagate the latest facilities, services & software available on the Internet or otherwise.
  4. To organize competitions, presentations etc. to generate interest in computers and its applications.
  5. Preparing a CD on the course activities and a directory of the trainees. 

3. THE FILM SOCIETY

Composition:  1 Secretary and 2 Members

Objectives

  1. To promote the study of the films as art as also a social force and a powerful means of mass communication.
  2. To maintain necessary laboratory, library and equipment.
  3. To exhibit films, both feature and documentaries.
  4. To establish and maintain liaison with national and international film societies.
  5. To manage the Academy’s equipment, laboratory, fund and staff connected with films placed at the Society’s disposal.

Activities

Films on various themes including social issues are screened for the Officer-Trainees of the Foundation Course, IAS Professional Course Phase-I, III and V. The movies screened cover a wide range catering to diverse interests.

4. THE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4Members

Objectives

The Fine Arts Association engages with the Officer Trainees through a variety of cultural programmes in which group participation is given priority. The programmes oganised by the Association generate ‘esprit de corps’ amongst the Officer Trainees to break the barriers of region and language. Cultural programmes give an opportunity to officer trainees to explore their creative facets.

Activities

  1. Cultural evenings by the OTs to showcase their artistic talents
  2. The society also co-ordinates play under AK Sinha Memorial One Act Play which gives them an opportunity to express themselves. The society also conducts Karaoke nights, DJ nights quite regularly.

5. THE HOBBIES CLUB

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

  1. To develop, promote and popularize interest in hobbies such as photography, painting, philately, plant collection and quizzes based on films and songs etc.
  2. To arrange talks, discussions, exhibitions etc. to inculcate interests in hobbies and encourage the OTs to learn and be proficient in them.
  3. To serve as a forum to exchange views.
  4. To provide necessary facilities, including materials and equipments, to pursue hobbies.

Activities

  1. Treasure hunt,
  2. Painting sessions
  3. Rangoli competition,
  4. Kavi Sammelan
  5. Sketching Competition
  6. Dance classes

6. THE HOUSE JOURNAL SOCIETY

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

  1. To promote literary activities through creative writing.
  2. To provide a forum for free expression and interaction with one another. 
  3. To develop an aptitude for editing and other aspects of journalism. 

Activities

The Society publishes an in-house newsletter carrying articles on various subjects called the 'The Academy'. It captures various training activities/workshops undertaken by the Academy and its associated centres. It also provides a platform to the Officer Trainees and the alumni to showcase their creative and literary skills. Further, the House Journal Society put together a Batch Directory at the end of the courses.

7. THE MANAGEMENT CIRCLE

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

  1. To promote and study recent developments in major functional areas of management.
  2. To serve as a forum to exchange information and notes on managerial issues.
  3. To provide a forum for sensitization and self-awareness through experimental learning.
  4. To provide opportunities to undertake management exercises and to play management games. 
  5. To organize lectures and seminars on managerial problems relating to organizations.
  6. To exhibit films on management concepts and techniques.
  7. To establish and maintain liaison with national and international management associations.

Activities

The Management Circle focuses on making Management & its practical and application. It is based on the theoretical foundations laid in classrooms. A variety of activities are organized where the Officer-Trainees can apply their management skills. The activities include Quiz, competition designed to test the analytical and comprehension skills, simulation designed to assess the inter-personal skills – persuasive skills, team work and task management along with strategy design skills, a team game where teams design a strategy to finish their task successfully in adverse situations, a game requiring analysing the strategy of opponents & designing a winning scheme etc.

8. NATURE LOVERS’ CLUB

Composition:  Secretary-1 and Members-3

Objectives

  1. To encourage a love for nature in all its various forms to conserve it.
  2. To heighten an awareness amongst its members to restore ecological balance.
  3. To organize outdoor activities (including nature observation tours, hikes & treks) as well as talks, (both outdoors and indoors), and cinema shows, slide shows and exhibitions.
  4. To educate members about legal provisions regarding ecology. As also what steps they can take as administrators to restore the ecological balance; and what steps should be taken into punish violators of the law.

Activities

  1. Conducting seminars on environmental issues.
  2. Trekking for appreciation of nature.
  3. Conducting Quiz.
  4. Conducting Photography exhibition for photographs taken during trekking in Himalayas and village visit.

9. OFFICERS’ CLUB

Composition :  1 Chairman, 1 Secretary and 6 members

Objectives

  1. To serve as a centre for social and recreational activities.
  2. To organize sports activities and recreational pursuits for the members.
  3. To promote and provide facilities for indoor and outdoor games.
  4. To select and coach the teams of the club in various games and for the Athletics Meet on behalf of the Academy and participate in Meets within and outside the Academy. 
  5. To organize periodical Sports Meet and tournaments within the Academy.
  6. To organize sports quiz, talks, films etc. relating to the club’s spheres, in cooperation with other clubs and societies in the Academy.

Activities

  1. Open tournaments of various games like Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Chess, Squash, Snooker, Carom etc. were organised during the course.
  2. Lecture Group wise tournaments in Volleyball, Football and Basketball, Cricket were also organised during the course.
  3. Athletic Meet.
  4. Cross-Country Run.
  5. The Club also arranges for coaching for Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Football, and Billiards.

10. THE OFFICERS' MESS

Composition:  1President, 1 Secretary, 1Treasurer and 5 Members

Objectives

  1. The Mess is an institution of the Academy where the OTs meet in an informal/formal atmosphere to dine and relax.  Apart from the Dining Hall, the Mess has an Officers Lounge for relaxation and recreation.  It is the Centre for community life at the Academy. An active Mess life also contributes significantly to esprit-de-corps among the trainees from different cadres and services. The effectiveness of the Mess is measured in terms of quality of food, quality of service and cost effectiveness.  Every OT is a member of the Mess.
  2. The Officers Mess on the Main Campus is run by the OTs themselves on a contributory basis.  The Mess Committee is elected by the OTs and it functions under the overall guidance of the Director’s Nominee and the Associate Nominee(s) on the Mess. It is assisted by a Mess Manager, a Mess Supervisor, a Mess Accountant, a Storekeeper and a staff of about 40 employees including cooks, helpers, table bearers, room bearers, safai karamchari and dishwashers. The organization, besides meeting the requirements of the trainees, helps develop managerial and organizational skills amongst its office bearers.

Activities

Officers Mess caters to about 500 people at the Karamshilla, Gyanshilla and Indira Bhawan Mess premises. The Officers Mess serves (prepared in house) a variety of cuisines from and across the corners of the countery for the participants. The Officers Mess offers its services at A.N. Jha Plaza Cafe, Cafeterias in Executive hostels, Officer Trainee’s Hostels and Sports Complex, in Happy Valley. Officers Mess also extends its services through the Mess Bakery.

11. THE SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

To undertake of initiatives for the welfare of the workers of the Academy and the residents of the local community.

Activities

  1. Regular Health Camps– on every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The doctor Officer-Trainees work as volunteers for counselling. It is one of the most important and long lasting contributions of the community.
  2. The Society runs the Balwadi since 1970. It is  named after Late Lalita Shastri and has 4 teachers and around 100 children, most of whom are wards of the Academy staff.  It is operates from the Happy Valley Ground building.
  3. Children’s Park – A Children’s Park is managed by the society.
  4. Tailoring Centre – A Tailoring Centre is run by the Society in the Sampoornand Auditorium.
  5. The Social Service Society runs a free Homeopathy dispensary adjacent to the Community Centre. 
  6. Society takes up and supports the poor who are not able to bear their health expenses.
  7. The Social Service Society organizes a Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with Doon Hospital, where the Officer Trainees and Participants of MCTP donate blood.
  8. The Society runs a Skill Development Centre, wherein girls from nearby areas are given training in stitching, handicrafts and beauty parlour work.

12. RIFLE AND ARCHERY CLUB

Composition:  1 Secretary and 3 members

Objectives

  1. To train the members of the Club in efficient handling of firearms including bows and arrows.
  2. To encourage and promote the skill of marksmanship among the members as a healthy sport.
  3. To organize periodic shooting competitions with prizes for teams and/or individuals.
  4. To sponsor/ organize recreational programmes in both hunting and shooting.
  5. To provide facilities for range and outdoor shooting with following six weapons: 12-Bore Rifle, Small Bore Rifle, Pistol and Revolver, Air Rifle and Bow & Arrows.
  6. Such other items of marksmanship as may be thought fit by the Director’s Nominee. 

Activities

  1. Shooting activity (Mini Range)
  2. Archery Activity at Happy Valley Ground.

13. SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS

Composition:  1 Secretary and 4 Members

Objectives

  1. To provide a forum for discussion, debate and study of matters of general interest including current affairs, science and technology and subjects of topical interest.
  2. To provide a forum for all general activities of interest to officers at the Academy not taken up specifically by other Clubs and Societies.

Activities

  1. Quiz Competition
  2. Debate competition
  3. Panel discussions
  4. Inter Service Meet