Ahmednagar, Maharashtra : President and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, today presented the prestigious President's Standard to the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) , an organisation that has shaped the persona of armoured Corps officers, junior commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers as future leaders to shoulder responsibilities of mechanized warfare. Addressing the event, where Ahmednagar MP Dilip Gandhi was also present, the President said that since its inception in 1948, the ACC&S has distinguished itself in service of the nation. 'In recognition of its selfless devotion, professionalism and dedication to the service , the nation honours it today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation,' Mr Mukherjee said. The standard to the ACC&S was received by Major Vyankar Prasad. Describing the armed forces as a major source of national power, the President said, 'Although we are a peace loving nation, we will use all instruments of national power to protect our sovereignty.' Lauding the role of the ACC&S, the President said, 'the heroes of armoured Corps whom we read of in battles of Zojila Pass, Khem kharan, Asal Utter all got their basic and advanced training in this splendid establishment. There is a famous saying that "it is the man behind the machine that matters the most" and it was proved time and again in all wars fought by India, that the superior training of our tank men that enabled them to destroy our enemy in their sophisticated tanks.' These victories would not have been ours, had the dedicated men of ACC&S, which makes tankmen from boys, not done their task of training these heroes with utmost dedication and sincerity. ' On this occasion, the President also paid homage to the gallant soldiers of armoured Corps whom made their supreme sacrifice in service of the nation. 'I am confident that the Armoured Corps Centre and School will continue to strive for excellence with professional zeal and serve the nation in years to come. I also take this opportunity to compliment the men and families of the armoured Corps centre and school, past and present. I wish you the very best for a glorious future, ' the President said. From its inception in 1948, ACC&S has been instrumental in shaping the persona of armoured Corps officers, junior commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers as future leaders to shoulder responsibilities of the complex nature of mechanised warfare across the spectrum of conflict.