The Army Physical Training Corps and the Army Institute of Physical Training have been unflinchingly training and conditioning all ranks of the Indian Army to perform at levels of excellence under the most trying conditions. The premier institute of Physical Training in Indian Army has shown seamless transition in incorporating modern fitness methods over the decades.
The history of Army Institute of Physical Training dates back to 1923. At the end of the Great War, three physical training schools were established in India. Schools at Pune and Ambala were Command PT schools and the school at Lucknow was a smaller one.
In the summer of 1923, the Pune school was closed down and the school at Ambala became the Central Army School of Physical Training for the whole of India with its summer headquarters at Kasauli. From 1923 to 1940, Indian and British students were trained at Ambala and only British students at Kasauli. However from 1940, courses for Indian students were also organized at Kasauli.
After the partition during the Christmas of 1947, the Central Army School of Physical Training moved from Ambala to Wanoworie, Pune and finally to its current and permanent location – Eve’s Estate in Jan 1951. Initially, only Physical Training courses for all ranks, Boxing and Athletics courses were conducted at the school.
The school saw massive expansion of infrastructure and courses over the years. Basketball, Volleyball, Yoga, Karate, Swimming & Life Saving, Refereeing and Judging Courses were added to the curriculum with accompanying improvement in sports & PT infrastructure.
The school was rechristened as Army Institute of Physical Training (AIPT) on 01 Jun 2005. The Institute has produced elite sportsmen including Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees who have done the Armed Forces and Nation proud by winning medals at various
International platforms with participation in Olympics. Over the years, the institute has also been training soldiers of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force as well as personnel from Para Military Forces, Central Police Organisations and State Police Forces.
Army Gymnastics Node was also established at AIPT in 2004. Gymnasts from five disciplines- artistic, aerobic, acrobatic, tumbling & trampoline are trained at AIPT. The node has produced gymnasts of International repute who have done the forces proud by bringing medals at Services, National & International level, year after year.
Source : ADGPI
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