THE ALMA MATER
Regimental Centre - an organization which ensures a tremendous system of combat cohesion, combat bonding and combat motivation. 11 GR Regimental Centre is the 'Alma Mater'; it is the repository of our traditions, trophies and artifacts.
A large number of Officers, JCOs and OR choose to settle down under the 'Chhatra Chhaya' of this Alma Mater after bidding adieu to uniform and avail of the facilities available to Ex-servicemen in a Cantonment. Also, this is the place they return to before bidding farewell to arms, for their resettlement training and final settlement of accounts.
The Regimental Centre has grown and evolved into one of the best Training Institutions of our Army as well as a 'Second Home' for all ranks of the Regiment despite the fact that it has been shifted four times since its raising at Palampur in 1948. A large number of Officers, JCOs and OR choose to settle down under the 'Chhatra Chhaya' of this Alma Mater after bidding adieu to uniform and avail the facilities available to Ex-servicemen in a Cantonment. Also, this is the place they return to before bidding farewell to arms, for their resettlement training and final settlement of accounts.
Sports and Adventure
The Centre has excellent games and sports facilities. Sports teams of higher HQ and the Gorkha Brigade are trained to compete in various national/international events. Regimental Centre also undertakes adventure activities like mountaineering and river rafting to develop spirit of adventure amongst the troops.
Extra Regimental Employment
The Regimental Centre is sanctioned additional establishment to cater for provisioning of troops to designated formation headquarters, NCC units and Training Establishments. The Centre allots these Extra Regimental Employment (ERE) vacancies to the Battalions equitably.
Aid to Civil Authorities
Regimental Centre also provides Aid to Civil Authorities in the event of natural calamities, communal riots etc, for restoring Law and Order, as and when ordered by the higher authorities.
Institutions and Welfare Schemes
A number of institutions exist in the Centre like the War Memorial, the Mandir, the Regimental School, the Family Welfare Centre, the Museum-cum- Motivation Hall and the Printing Press etc. Besides, there are a number of welfare schemes organized by the Centre that provide financial assistance to men, impart vocational training to the families and also to JCOs/OR before their retirement from service as also help them in finding a suitable re-employment. Enrolment into DSC and registration for employment in other organizations through the Army Placement Node is also done at the centre.
Centre has a Unit Run Canteen as well as Shopping Complex to cater for the needs of the troops and families, where items of daily necessity are available at reasonable rates. A well equipped MI Room with a Medical Officer as also a lady doctor, to look after the health of troops and families, is located within the Centre's premises. Centre also has banking facilities with an ATM as also a Gas Agency for the benefit of troops and families. When the Battalions of the Regiment move out on operational duties, the centre provides facilities to keep the families and the heavy baggage in the Centre.
Regimental Brass Band, the Pipes & Drums and the String Band are the pride of the Centre. For marriages/other occasions, these are given to all ranks free of charge. Gentlemen cadets from IMA, Dehradun, NCC Cadets, School Children (local as well as those from J&K) visit the Centre from time to time. They are briefed about life in the Army so as to motivate them to join the Security Forces.
Conferences and Re-unions
Regimental re-unions and biennial conferences are held in the Centre where the veterans and families are invited to renew the old association. During the biennial conferences, apart from the discussions on various Regt issues, Inter - Bn Football and Boxing competitions are held in the Centre. All these activities imbibe the Regimental spirit among the rank and file of the Regiment.
Care of Personnel Placed in Low Medical Category (LMC)
Personnel of the active Battalions placed in LMC, as a result of injury sustained during war/peace, and are unable to carryout their duties in the unit, are attached to the Centre for medical care till they become fit for duties.
Colonel of the Regiment
The Regiment has a "Colonel of the Regiment", generally the senior most serving officer of the Regiment, who is formally elected as head of the family and acts like a father figure and oversees the functioning of the Regiment, including command planning of the Battalions and welfare of personnel as also looks after the allied interests of the Regiment. Besides, he represents the Regiment during the Annual Gorkha Brigade Conference presided over by the President Gorkha Brigade (Senior most Colonel of Gorkha Regiments).
Welfare Visits to Nepal
Regimental trekking teams are sent to remote recruitment areas in Nepal, led by officers (on leave) to remain in touch with the ESM and ameliorate their problems through the Gorkha Brigade Forum. COR also visits Nepal to meet the ESMs and their families, during the rallies organized at Kathmandu, Dharan, Pokhra and other places by the Def Attache` (Nepal), to take stock of various aspects related to their welfare and recommend suitable measures to ameliorate their difficulties.