On January 15, 2024, India will celebrate its 76th Army Day in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to honour the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who took charge of the Indian Army from the last British Commander-in-Chief, General Sir Francis Roy Bucher, in 1947. The event will be attended by the Army Chief General Manoj Pande, who will lay a wreath at the Smriti War memorial, review the parade, and present gallantry awards and unit citations.
The highlight of the parade will be the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning techniques to select the best marching contingent of the day. This is the first time that AI will be used to evaluate the drills and movements of the soldiers, based on the rules and guidelines of the Indian Army. Major General Salil Seth, the General Officer Commander of Madhya UP Subarea Lucknow, said that the AI software will capture the individual movement with the camera and give marks for each and every movement, under human supervision.
The parade will feature six marching contingents, a military band comprising five regimental brass bands and three pipe bands, and a display of the army’s weaponry and equipment. The marching contingents include: 50 (1) Para Brigade, Sikh Light Infantry Regiment Centre, JAT Regiment Centre, Garhwal Rifle Regiment Centre, Bengal Engineer Group and Army Ari Defence Centre. The regimental bands are from Punjab, Grenadier, Bihar, Sikh Light Infantry, Kumaon, and Sikh regiments. The pipe bands are from Sikh, Sikh Li, Jat, Kumaon, and 1 Signal Training Centre.
The Army Day parade in Lucknow is the second time that the event is being conducted outside the national capital, as part of the Government of India’s initiative to take major events from the capital to different parts of the country. This will increase the visibility and participation of the local citizens, and showcase the pride and glory of the Indian Army.
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