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.
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.
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||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|
|31||Vice Admiral||Srikant, AVSM||January 2018||16 December 2019|
|32||Air Marshal||Diptendu Choudhury, AVSM, VM, VSM||16 December 2019||To date|||
List of Commandants by branches of serviceEdit
Army - 12
Navy - 11
Air Force - 9
- "History". National Defence College. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Former Commandants". National Defence College. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Press Trust of India (17 January 2019). "Lt.Gen YVK Mohan assumes charge as Commandant DSSC, Wellington". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Air Marshal D Choudhury is the new Commandant of National Defence College". 16 December 2019.