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Deolali (Marathi: देवळाली, IPA: /d̪eːwɭaːli/) is a census town in Nashik District in the state of Maharashtramarker, Indiamarker.

Demographics

 India census , Deolali had a population of 50,617. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Deolali has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83% and, female literacy is 70%. In Deolali, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


British Army

Deolali was a British Army camp 100 miles north-east of Bombaymarker. It was the original location of the Army Staff College. (Now the the Defence Services Staff College of Indiamarker and the Command and Staff College of Pakistanmarker). Deolali is home to the School of Artillery, the premier institution for imparting training to all ranks of the regiment. In pre-independence India, the school was located in Quettamarker (now in Pakistanmarker). After Partition, the school was shifted to the peaceful environs of the Shivaliks. It is the Mecca of gunners where doing a course is akin to a pilgrimage. The other ranks of the regiment are trained at the Artillery Centre, Nasikmarker and the Artillery Centre, Golconda in Hyderabadmarker.

It is also the source of the British slang noun doolally tap, loosely meaning "camp fever", and referring to the apparent madness of men waiting for ships back to Britain after finishing their tour of duty. By the 1940s this had been widely shortened to just "doolally", an adjective meaning "mad " or "eccentric". The town was the setting for the first four series of the British sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, set in 1945.

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