The Indian Military Academy became functional from 1st October 1932 with a course strength of 40 Gentlemen Cadets. Brigadier L. P. Collins, DSO, OBE was the first Commandant. The first course had on its rolls Sam Manekshaw, Smith Dun and Mohd Musa. All of them later became the Chiefs of the armies of their respective countries namely India, Burma and Pakistan. The course was christened as ‘PIONEERS’. The government acquired the estate of the erstwhile Railway College at Dehradun, which had the appropriate buildings and a fairly extensive campus to meet the requirements of the Academy at its birth.
The IMA building in Dehradun is known as Chetwode Building after the name of Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, who was then the Commander-in-Chief of India. IMA is located at 8 kms on Dehradun-Chakrata road and 3 kms beyond F.R.I.
Garhwal Rifles and Kumaon Regiment are two of the jewels of Indian Army.
The academy has the following places of tourist interest:
Museum, Library, War Memorial, Arms and ammunition, Shooting demonstration room, FRIMS Golf Course(18 holes).
The Indian Military Academy presently has the following entries:-
- Cadets Ex National Defence Academy and Ex Army Cadet College.
- Graduate Direct Entry Scheme.
- Technical Graduate Entry Scheme for Engineering graduates.
- UES Entry for Final and Pre final Engineering graduates.
- 10+2 PCM (Tech) Entry.
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