CENTRE FOR ARMED FORCES HISTORICAL RESEARCH (CAFHR)

Introduction

Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR) has been established by the Council of the Institution in consultation with the three Service Headquarters, with effect from December 2000. Its aim is to study the history of the Indian Armed Forces with objectivity - covering different facets - strategic, tactical, logistical, organisational, socio-economic policies - and their implementation.

The Centre will bring out a half-yearly news letter in due course.

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Objectives

  1. To study the history of Indian Armed Forces with objectivity, covering strategic, tactical, logistics, organisational, socio-economic aspects and their implementation. The emphasis is on the following periods: -

    1. Post Independence.
    2. 1900-1947 AD.
    3. 1750-1900 AD.
    4. Prior to 1750 AD.

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Board of Management

The composition of CAFHR Board of Management is as under.

  1. Air Vice Mshl Bharat Kumar, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) - Chairman
  2. Air Mshl AS Bhonsle, AVSM, VSM DCIDS (DOT) - Member
  3. Maj Gen Rajeev Sharma, ACIDS (TRADOC) - Member
  4. Maj Gen Ranber Singh, YSM, - Member
  5. Rear Adm KK Pandey, VSM, ACNC (CSNCO) - Member
  6. Air Vice Mshl RD Mathur, AVSM, VSM, ACAS Ops (Space) - Member
  7. Lt Gen Rajiv Bhalla, SM,VSM,DGMT - Member
  8. Cmde Dhiren Vig, Principal DNT - Member
  9. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd) - Member
  10. Vice Adm Anup Singh PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd) - Member
  11. Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, (Retd), Director USI - Member
  12. Sqn Ldr RTS Chhina (Retd), Secretary and Editor - Member Secretary

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Personal Papers Archive

To assist prospective Scholars in their research effort and to further the long term aim of making the Centre a repository of archival material on the subject, veterans of various operations are being approached with a request to make available to this Centre any documents, papers, tapes, photographs, diaries, uniforms, medals or any other memorabilia that could contribute to the activities of the Centre.

Any help in this regard is greatly appreciated. All bestowals/endowments received by the Centre will be properly catalogued, cross-referenced and preserved as original contributions to India's military heritage.

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Other Activities

Apart from providing fellowship grants to encourage the study of Indian Military History, the CAFHR is also engaged in a pro-active approach towards documenting and cataloguing historical records. Towards this end, the following tasks are being undertaken by the Centre :

  1. Establishing an Oral Archive.
  2. Establishing an archive/data bank of manuscripts and primary records.
  3. Working towards formulating and implementing a practical record management policy for the Indian Defence Establishment.
  4. Editing of Official War Histories for Ministry of Defence, Government of India. (Completed 2005).

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Contact Information

Postal Address:
The United Service Institution of India
Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research
Rao Tula Ram Marg (Opposite Signals Enclave)
Vasant Vihar, PO Box No. 8
New Delhi - 110057

Telephones/Fax:
Office 91-11-2614 6755/56, 2614 8682 (Ext 119)
Direct No. 91-11-26147464

E-Mail:
cafhr@usiofindia.org
cafhr@rediffmail.com.

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