Commandant of the National Defence College

The Commandant of the National Defence College in India is the overall in-charge of all the functioning of the National Defence College including academics and administration. The Commandant of the College is a Three-star rank officer from the three Services in rotation for a term of two years. He is supported by five Senior Directing Staff from the three services and one each from the Civil Service and the Foreign Service. Administration is looked after by the Secretary under the Commandant and is supported by a number of Staff Officers.

HistoryEdit

In July 1959, Lt General K Bahadur Singh was appointed the first Commandant of the College. By the end of the year, he formulated detailed plans including the aim and the charter of NDC as well as the scope of studies at the College. The Chiefs of Staff cleared approved them on December 25, 1959.[1]

List of CommandantsEdit

S.No Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Notes
1 Lieutenant General Kanwar Bahadur Singh, MBE July 1959 January 1964 First Commandant of NDC[2]
2 Vice Admiral A K Chatterji January 1964 January 1966 Later served as the Chief of the Naval Staff
3 Air Marshal R Rajaram, DFC January 1966 December 1966 Later served as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. Died in harness while VCAS.
4 Lieutenant General M M Khanna, MVC December 1966 November 1968
5 Vice Admiral S N Kohli, PVSM November 1968 April 1971 Served as Western Naval Commander during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and later served as Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy
6 Air Marshal H Moolgavkar, PVSM, MVC April 1971 April 1973 Served as the Central Air Commander and Western Air Commander before taking over as the 9th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force
7 Lieutenant General M N Batra, PVSM April 1973 January 1975 First ex-NDC Commandant
8 Vice Admiral S H Sarma PVSM January 1975 January 1977 Served as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and later served as Eastern Naval Commander
9 Air Marshal T N Ghadiok, PVSM, AVSM, VrC February 1977 December 1978
10 Lieutenant General WAG Pinto, PVSM January 1979 January 1980 Later served as the Central Army Commander
11 Air Marshal D G Kinglee, PVSM, AVSM September 1980 September 1982 Later served as the Central Air Commander
12 Vice Admiral R V Aarte, AVSM September 1982 August 1984
10 Lieutenant General Himmeth Singh, PVSM September 1984 June 1986
13 Air Marshal P K Puri, PVSM, AVSM July 1986 August 1988
14 Vice Admiral S P Govil, PVSM, AVSM September 1988 September 1990 Later served as Vice Chief of Naval Staff
15 Lieutenant General K S Khajuria, PVSM September 1990 June 1992
16 Air Marshal S Kulkarni, PVSM, VM July 1992 January 1995
17 Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha, PVSM, AVSM, NM January 1995 December 1996 Later served as Eastern Naval Commander and Western Naval Commander
18 Lieutenant General SRR Aiyengar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM January 1997 April 1999 Later served as Commandant of Defence Services Staff College
19 Air Marshal V G Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VM April 1999 March 2001
20 Vice Admiral Yashwant Prasad, PVSM, AVSM, VSM April 2001 December 2002 Later served as Southern Naval Commander and thereafter the Vice Chief of Naval Staff
21 Lieutenant General S S Chahal, PVSM, AVSM, VSM December 2002 June 2004
22 Lieutenant General Tej Pathak, AVSM, YSM & Bar July 2004 December 2004
23 Air Marshal P P Raj Kumar, PVSM, AVSM January 2005 December 2006 Later served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command and thereafter Central Air Commander
24 Vice Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva, UYSM, VSM December 2006 September 2007
25 Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, PVSM, AVSM, VSM September 2007 December 2008 Later served as the Western Naval Commander
26 Lieutenant General Prakash Menon, AVSM, VSM January 2009 December 2010
27 Air Marshal P K Roy, AVSM, VM, VSM January 2011 November 2012 Later served as Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command
28 Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, AVSM December 2012 June 2014 Current Chief of the Naval Staff
29 Lieutenant General N S Ghei, PVSM, AVSM & Bar June 2014 December 2016
30 Lieutenant General Y V K Mohan, SM, VSM January 2017 January 2018 Current Commandant of Defence Services Staff College[3]
31 Vice Admiral Srikant, AVSM January 2018 16 December 2019
32 Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury, AVSM, VM, VSM 16 December 2019 To date [4]

List of Commandants by branches of serviceEdit

Army - 12
Navy - 11
Air Force - 9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". National Defence College. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Former Commandants". National Defence College. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ Press Trust of India (17 January 2019). "Lt.Gen YVK Mohan assumes charge as Commandant DSSC, Wellington". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Air Marshal D Choudhury is the new Commandant of National Defence College". 16 December 2019.