Wednesday, February 17, 2010

History of Corps of Signals


On 15 Feb 2010, the Corps of Signals will enter 100th year of its odyssey in its role as Communicators for the Defence Forces. It was the historic event of raising of 31st and the 32nd Divisional Signal Companies, the first Signal Units, at Fatehgarh on 15 Feb 1911 that marked the raising of Corps of Signals. The motto of the Corps is “Teevra Chaukas” i.e. “Swift and Secure” and its emblem depicts the figure of “Mercury” the Roman version of “Hermes”, the messenger of Gods in Greek mythology.

The Corps of Signals is responsible to provide secure, reliable and responsive strategic, operational and tactical communications and spearheads the information technology revolution in the Indian Army. Given its onerous tasks, the Corps of Signals, has excelled in providing robust, resilient, ubiquitous, Pan India as well as area-specific defence communication networks which constitute a great national asset. The Corps has the honour of being presented the Regimental Colours by the then Hon'ble President, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on 20 Feb 1965. Some of its noteworthy communication projects like Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) was dedicated to the Nation by the then Hon'ble PM Shri PV Narsimha Rao in August 1995 while in February 2006 the Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) was similarly dedicated to the Nation by the then Hon'ble President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

In the field of sports, the Corps has an excellent record. It has produced many a world class/ Olympian sportsmen like MP Ganesh (Hockey), Leslie Fernandes (Hockey), S Jayaram (Boxing) and Ramanand (Boxing) to name a few. Hav KC Ramu was the first Indian who represented and won the International Marathon in 2005. Jayaram and Ganesh are the proud recipient of the Arjuna Award. The “Dare Devils” of Corps of Signals have won accolades for their display all over the country including the Republic Day Celebrations and have several Guinness and Limca Book of World Records to their credit. The Corps has pioneered Microlight and Power Hang Gliding in the country.

The Corps of Signals is resplendent with deeds of valour and sacrifice. The Corps takes pride in having awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra and Sena Medal (Gallantry) in its Roll of Honour, apart from recipients of highest civil awards like OBE, Padma Shri and Distinguished Service awards.

The giant strides made by the Corps have truly been stupendous. The transition to being a 'Network Centric' Force is propelled by the sustained hard work and an intrinsic urge to excel by each and every Information Warrior.



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  2. Dear sir,

    I retired as cipher havildar after rendering 18 year of service from army on 10101991, then my group was B, may I know which group as revised I have been placed whether it is X or Y