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Panchkula gets Defence Services Officers’ Institute

Lt Gen RP Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, inaugurated the newly established Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) in Sector 26, here, today.

The institute is dedicated to Col Hoshiar Singh, who was decorated with the Param Vir Chakra, the highest award for gallantry in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He belonged to Haryana.

The broad theme for the inaugural function was the 1971 war victory, 2021 being the golden jubilee year.

The institute will provide club facilities to a large number of officers of the defence services settled in the tricity. These include fine dining, party halls and banquet lawns.

The institute’s bar has been named as “Bunker” to commemorate the feat of Col (then Major) Hoshiar Singh in the Battle of Jarpal, where he personally manned a MMG bunker, repulsing repeated counter attacks of Pakistan’s 35 Frontier Force (Pakistan Army). The enemy withdrew leaving behind 89 dead, including their Commanding Officer Lt Col Md Akram Raja, a short distance from the bunker.

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