Are the Indian armed forces facing a human capital crisis?
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Press reports in early 2008 indicate that admissions to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) have dropped sharply. While standards for recruitment have remained the same for 30 years, at the NDA only 172 of the available 300 seats were filled. NDA cadets go through a three-year degree course for all three armed forces after which they go into the IMA, Air Force Academy or the Naval Academy for a year before being commissioned into the services. At the IMA, only 90 cadets enrolled for the 250 available seats.
The writer teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He has compiled the figures from parliamentary questions
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