Addressing the valedictory function of the Higher Defence Management Course-10 at the College of Defence Management here on Monday, he cautioned, "Internally, our social and ethnic diversity makes us vulnerable to stocking of fissiparous tendencies which can debilitate the nation," according to an official release.

He said the adversaries can threaten national security, even without physically violating the national boundaries, with the help of non-state actors.

He also expressed concern over growing cyber and social media threat and cautioned all to be careful.

The Army Chief highlighted the need to optimise the resources and harness techniques for speedy decision making, the release said.

He assured that the infrastructure development and modernisation needs of the armed forces are being taken care of, it said.

General Dalbir Singh presented the trophies and book prizes to the participants.

Colonel Saurabh Sharma was awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Trophy for the best all round performance in the course.     

Captain (Indian Navy) Devanshu Rastogi was awarded Chief of Naval Staff Trophy for standing first in MMS exams, and the most promising Foreign Student Trophy for HDMC-10 was awarded to Colonel S M Qamrul Hassan Bulbul, PSC of Bangladesh Army, the release added.

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