Chairs of Excellence
Admiral RD Katari Chair
Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) was commissioned into the 9 MARATAHA LI in Dec 81. He is an alumni of NDC, DSSC, CDM, and Naval Post Graduate School California, USA. The General Officer has commanded an Infantry Battalion, Brigade, and a Division in Jammu and Kashmir. He has also held the appointments of IG (operations), NSG, Chief of Staff of Eastern Command, GOC Corps, and Commandant Army War College. He has been awarded ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’ and ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his distinguished services. He is currently Professor Emeritus Defence Studies at Gujarat Raksha Shakti University. He contributes regularly in various defence journals, newspapers, and has written chapters in two books “Understanding Suicide Terrorism” and “Countering Terrorism: Psychological Strategies” by Sage Publication.
Assam Rifles Chair of Excellence
Mr Jitesh Khosla, IAS (Retd)
Mr Jitesh Khosla, retired as Chief Secretary, Assam in 2015. He held several assignments both in the Central and State Governments involving development of infrastructure, devising and implementing frameworks for corporate law and Regulation and Economic Affairs. He has actively engaged in law and order and internal security related issues and has dealt with militancy, insurgency and terrorism in the North East in close coordination with the security forces. Post retirement, in addition to supporting sustainability and agriculture related initiatives, he has remained actively engaged in economic development and national security issues with focus on the North East. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Administration and the National Award for e-Governance 2007-2008 among others, and has been instrumental in setting up several capacity building institutions in various fields. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow at the United Services Institution of India (USI).
Flying Officer Amandeep Singh Gill Chair
Group Captain Kishore Kumar Khera, VM (Retd)
Group Captain Kishore Kumar Khera, VM (Retd) is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College. He served as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force for 33 years. At Air Headquarters, he served in the Plans and the Operations Branches. He was a pioneer member of the Composite Battle Response and Analysis (COBRA) Group and headed the Operational Planning and Assessment Group at Air Headquarters. He was a Research Fellow at the Military Affairs Centre in the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
MEA Chair of Excellence
Shri Tarun Vijay
Shri Tarun Vijay was a former Member of Parliament. He was also the President, Parliamentary Group on India-China Friendship, Convener in parliament on India-Israel and India-Japan Parliamentary groups, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committees on Defence, External Affairs & HRD, Member, Board of Governors, Parliamentary Network on World Bank and IMF. He participated in the Shangri La dialogue, Singapore. Also led a multi-party Parliamentary Delegation to Japan. He was also a member of India Japan and India China Eminent Persons Group (MEA). His two books – one on ‘PM Modi’s biography and his Economic Vision’ and another on ‘Kailas Manasarovar – An Odyssey in Tibet’, were translated into Mandarin. He also drove in seven countries in ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012.
He is an environmentalist & tribal activist. He has travelled to 37 countries. 23 of his books have been published in Hindi, English, Marathi, Kannada & Gujarati.
Prof D S Kothari Chair
(Held in Abeyance)
Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair
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Air Marshal Subrato Mukherjee Chair
(Held in Abeyance)