Speaking at the investiture ceremony, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said that the agency was fortunate to be attracting such highly-qualified persons.
"Many of you have left promising careers in banks, public sector undertakings, etc. Several of you are engineers, management professionals and are academically highly accomplished.
"The organisation would be benefited immensely by your talents as there is often a need for a multi-disciplinary approach in the investigation of cases," he said.
The new batch has five engineers, eight B.Tech computer science degree holders, two graduates in business administration and two MBAs along with three former bank officials. There is one recruit with an Information Technology background while another is a former employee of the Food Corporation of India. There are two women cadets as well.
Cadet Ankit Chopra received the 'All Round Best' cadet award from Sinha besides bagging the 'Best indoor' cadet and 'Best in Computer Forensics' trophies. Pankaj Das won the 'Best outdoor', 'Best Sportsman' and 'Best Shooter' prizes while Sanjeev Metri was adjudged the 'Best in Law'.
Addressing the cadets, Mr Sinha said, "When in dilemma over a decision, remember that the Law is our only friend, Justice to the cause our only goal and Truth the only road to achieve it.
Mr Sinha said, "Many a times, you would face hardships and situations that would test your patience and resilience, but you can overcome any difficult situation with moral courage and uprightness. I would advise you not to compromise your values and virtues.
"Our society is becoming more materialistic and there is a tendency to gauge one's success through his or her material possessions. Often we fail to realise that the moment we lower our guard, floodgates of allurements would open and sweep us away," he said.
Mr Sinha cautioned the cadets that during their professional lives, they would face such material inducements to indulge in unethical activities.
"Your profession has incredible rewards and responsibilities, but every day you will have to uphold the oath that you have just taken: to serve and protect, to uphold the Constitution and to uphold the tradition and motto of the organisation; Industry, Impartiality and Integrity," he said.
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