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.

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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.

The Bhawanipur Education Society College Chair of Excellence
Lt Gen Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM (Retd)

Lieutenant General Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM (Retd) was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command (GOC-in-C ARTRAC). He has commanded a Medium Regiment in the Eastern Theatre as part of a Mountain Division. He later took the regiment to the Desert as part of a Strike Corps. He has also commanded an Infantry Brigade in Counter Insurgency operations and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley, along the Line of Control. On 5 July 2018, he took over the command of the X Corps at Bhatinda. In his staff appointments, he has served as the General Staff Officer, Grade I (GSO-I) of an Infantry Division, as well as two tenures in the Military Operations directorate at Army Headquarters. He has also served in instructional appointments in the School of Artillery and the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan. He has been the Director General Perspective Planning (DGPP) at Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence. He has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies. He is also a qualified aviator. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow, United Services Institution of India.

Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair of Excellence
Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu, AVSM,VSM (Retd)

Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu, AVSM,VSM (Retd) was commissioned into Army Service Corps in December 1978 and superannuated in April 2017 as Director General of Supplies and Transport (DGST). He also held the appointment of Director General of Information Technology of Indian Army. He is an alumnus of DSSC and NDC. Post retirement, he participates in seminars and writes for strategic think tanks such as CLAWS, USI and CENJOWS. He has submitted his thesis for PhD on North East India. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow at United Service Institution of India.

General Bipin Rawat Chair of Excellence
Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Lieutenant General (Dr) Rakesh Sharma PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd) was commissioned in Gorkha Rifles in 1977, and had a career spanning forty years in the Army. He has had extensive operational experience in Jammu and Kashmir, North East and on the Western Borders. The officer had trained the Botswana Army for three years in Africa, and attended the National War College at Abuja, Nigeria. Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma attended the NDC at New Delhi. He was Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and has done PhD in Defence Studies. General Rakesh Sharma commanded the Fire and Fury Corps in Ladakh responsible for Kargil, Siachin Glacier and Eastern Ladakh – facing both Pakistan and China. He was the Adjutant General of the Indian Army responsible for the Human Resource Management and he superannuated in 2017. He has been awarded by the President of India. He is a regular participant in seminars, lectures in various institutions, and regularly writes for newspapers and military journals. He is currently Distinguished Fellow with Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) and Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and on the Executive Council of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and of Global Counter Terrorism Council (GCTC).


Lt Gen PS Bhagat Chair of Excellence
Maj Gen SG Pitre (Retd)



Prof D S Kothari Chair



Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee Chair


Hony Captain Bana Singh, PVC

Naib Subedar Bana Singh of 8 JAK LI, was part of a Task Force constituted to clear intruders from Saltoro Ridge in Siachen. He displayed most conspicuous gallantry and leadership under the most advers…

Kargil War Hero Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, PVC

On 04 July 1999, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar was one of the leading scouts of a column tasked to capture Flat Top at Point 4875. He displayed great courage as he charged at the enemy and in the ensuing phys…

India Pakistan Perspectives On Evolving Geopolitical Landscape 1

#scosummit #russiaukraineconflict #indiapakistan #afghanistan #indiachina Major General BK Sharma - AVSM, SM and Bar (Retd) Director, USI of India and Lt. General Shafaat Ullah Shah (retd), former M…

India Pakistan Perspectives on Evolving Geopolitical Landscape

#scosummit #russiaukraineconflict #indiapakistan #afghanistan #indiachina In this program Host and popular analyst Arvind Saharan talk with Major General BK Sharma - AVSM, SM and Bar (retd) - Direc…

Maj Gen BK Sharma, Director USI on RT' s World Apart Programme

Maj Gen BK Sharma, Director USI on Russia's Premium show Worlds Apart with Oskana Boyko On Russia Today Tv channel discussing various threads of India-Russia relations, Ukraine War, role of West and N…

Maj Gen BK Sharma, Director USI on Bilateral Relation between India and Russia
USI-ICWA UN Webinar Challenges of Mission Leadership in UN Peace Operations

USI is conducting a series of webinars on the UN themes in collaboration with ICWA Since 2021, for the cross-fertilization of ideas and generating policy recommendations for reforms and restructuring …

War Disabled Personnel of Indian Armed Forces: Challenges, Concerns and Aspirations

Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen sacrifice their lives & limbs for many reasons, like national, regimental and unit pride; high level of motivation; courage; call of duty; and above all the understanding that …

Major Navdeep Singh: USI War Wounded Foundation Event

Talk by Maj Navdeep Singh, Author and Legal Luminary Need for Formulating a ‘War Disabled Persons Special Disability (WDPSD’s) Act’ for War Disabled Personnel and its Important Components.

38th USI National Security Lecture

The 38th USI National Security Lecture was delivered by Lt Gen Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM, ADC on Wednesday, 13 April 2022 at 1100 h (IST) at the United Service Institution of India. 37th National Se…

'Is The New Cold War a Myth or Reality'?

A talk on 'Is The New Cold War a Myth or Reality'? by Mr Atul Singh, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief Fair Observer, USA scheduled at the USI, New Delhi on Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 from 1100 to 1300 H (I…

UN Peace Operations: Women, Peace and Security

Along with the decline in inter-state conflicts and a sharp increase in intra-state conflicts in the last two decades, there is a consequent increase in the casualties to innocent civilians. Taking no…

National Security Policy of Pakistan (NSPP) 2022-2026

USI is conducting a panel discussion on the ‘National Security Policy of Pakistan (NSPP) 2022-2026’ on 07 Feb 2022 from 1100 h to 1300 h.

FRONTLINE COMMANDER: The Military Biography of the Late Lt Gen Jaswant Singh, PVSM, AVSM


37th National Security Lecture: The Chinese Challenge - Its Many Dimensions and India's Options

Shri Maroof Raza, a well know commentator on strategic security and military issues will deliver the lecture on 24 Nov 2021 at 1100 hrs at the USI. The focus of the talk will be the geo-strategic as w…

Indian Military Operations Mukti Bahini & the BSF Salient Factors in the Liberation of Bangladesh

Shri VK Gaur and Lt Col BB Singh with Dr Sanjeev Chopra (based on VK Gaur’s book Yoon Janma Bangladesh) Chair: LS Bajpai

Naval Operations Beyond Naval Blockade Valley of Words 2021

Sandeep Unnithan in conversation with Admiral Anup Singh - Valley of Words 2021.

Air Operations Experience of First Heliborne Operation Valley of Words 2021 1080p

Sqn Ldr Rana Chinna in conversation with Sqn Ldr Pushp Vaid, VrC

Air Operations Air War in the West Valley of Words 2021 1080p

AVM Manmohan Bahadur in conversation with Jagan Mohan (Unheralded operations by Vampires, 'Texan' Harvard, Canberras and An-12)

Stories of Valour Narration of stories of valour by Maroof Raza Valley of Words 2021

Narration of stories of valour by Maroof Raza. Maroof Raza talks of forthcoming book The Contested Lands (India-China border dispute) - Valley of Words 2021

Managing Future Conflicts Role of World and Regional Fora Valley of Words 2021

Ambassador Asoke Mukerji and Maj Gen Dhruv Katoch Moderator: Lt Gen JS Lidder original video can be accessed from:…

Perceptions India’s Compulsions and Outlook on East Pakistan Objectives and Strategy

Shri Iqbal Malhotra in conversation with Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma and Maj Gen Ian Cardozo - Valley of Words 2021

Perceptions Western Pakistan’s Designs on East Pakistan Campaign, Objectives and Strategy

Lt Gen PJS Pannu in conversation with Christine Fair and Ambassador Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty

Contribution of Indian Cinema in Infusing Patriotism Valley of Words 2021

Lt Gen PJS Pannu and Maroof Raza in conversation with Shri JP Dutta (producer, director, filmmaker) and Nomination of Bollywood film Border on 1971 War. Original video can be accessed from: https://w…

Diplomacy and Statecraft Perceptions Information and Media Operations Valley of Words 2021

Lt Gen PJS Pannu in conversation with Sir Mark Tully, Subroto Chattopadhyay and Vishnu Shankar (Editor, TV9 Network) Original video can be accessed from :…


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