1. Rt. Honorable Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mr. Sushil Koirala inaugurated the Ser No 1 Higher Command and Management Course (HCMC), amidst a special ceremony organized at Army school, Nagarkot on April 25, 2014. Altogether 24 student officers, including 22 Colonels and two Lieutenant Colonels, are participating in the three-month-long training, the first ever of its kind in the Nepalese Army. 2. Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Koirala said, "I'm confident that the training would be able to produce trained and skilled senior level officers capable of analyzing given situation practically and take appropriate decisions by identifying the internal and external security challenges ". This positive step will develop the Nepalese Army into a skilled, dynamic and professional military organization capable of dealing with internal and external security challenges, Koirala added. Koirala also applauded Nepalese Army for its professionalism, integrity and apolitical character and also for easily accepting the democratic transformation that has taken place in the country. 3. Prime Minister Koirala, who is also the Defence Minister, also said that the government was positively looking for the advancement and the professionalism of the Nepalese Army to combat the national and international security threats, adding that the government was positive to implement the plans submitted by the Nepalese Army to restructure its organization so as to modernize it as per the need of the changing time. 4. Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Gaurav SJB Rana said that the efficiency and professionalism of an army is reflected from its ultimate fighting capabilities. "Fully professional army of any nation remains intact within its legal boundaries and within the legitimate and elected government and will act as potent instrument of national power," General Rana added. 5. Director General, Military Training (DGMT), Major General Victor JB Rana, during his welcome speech, said that the HCMC has been introduced in Nepalese Army to fulfill the necessity to produce efficient high level officers having operational level battle efficiency and enhance their planning, execution and command & control aspects during peace and war. 6. Also present at the programme were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Prakash Man Singh, Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bimalendra Nidhi, Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal, Minister for Energy Radha Gyawali, former COAS of Nepalese Army, head of other security agencies, ambassadors from Kathmandu-based foreign missions, serving and retired Generals & officers of Nepalese Army, distinguished personalities and senior media persons.