English is the medium of all instructions. The curriculum is designed in a manner that a student is put through a progressive learning system starting with a central lecture or presentation and finally ending with planning for a major indoor or outdoor exercise on a particular module. Syndicate DS remains deeply involved in the process in order to correctly direct the students learning process and to assess their capabilities and potentials objectively.
There are formal presentations on topics of importance with the help of various audio-visual training aids ie, computer, projectors, slides, films and playlets. Central lectures are delivered mostly by the faculty and Guest Speakers covering subjects common to all three wings. Central lectures usually set the scene for study of a particular module, which is then followed up by syndicate discussions. The students are also required to deliver a considerable number of presentations during the course.
This is the principal mode of instruction. Discussions are based on the basic manuals, précis and reference materials issued to students and presentation paper/ handouts issued by the guest speakers and DS. Students share their experience and clarify all doubts under the guidance of the DS. Single and joint service matters are discussed in the single and the joint syndicates. Students are also given opportunities to chair the discussion on selected topics.
Training films are screened both during programmed and evening hours. A dedicated satellite TV channel is utilised for telecasting films in the evening hours. All these films have got immense training value. As such students are advised to see and derive benefits out of these films.
Several indoor exercises both at joint and single service settings are conducted in the form of Map Exercises (ME) and Command Post Exercises (CPX) and war Games (WG). The exercises cover land, air and maritime operations, military manoeuvres, special warfare, OOW and counterinsurgency warfare at operational and tactical levels.
Outdoor exercises in the form of Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWT), demonstration and visits are conducted covering various operations of war for the students. This is usually the final application of students’ theoretical knowledge on ground.