Chairs of Excellence

Lt Gen Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM (Retd)


Lt Gen 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 (IDSA) and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). He is also a qualified aviator. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow, United Service Institution of India.

Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)


Lt Gen (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 IDSA and has done PhD in Defence Studies. Lt Gen 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 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).

Maj Gen S G Pitre (Retd)


Maj Gen Shashikant Pitre was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army in 1962. He took part in the 1965 and 1971 wars. During the Bangladesh War, he commanded a field company of the 102 Engineer Regiment. Maj Gen Pitre has a Master’s in Military Science and Engineering in Structures. He was also the Chief of Staff of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC). He has authored numerous books. Maj Gen Pitre is the Founder and Chairman of HORIZON. He was appointed as a member of the Marathi Vishwakosh Samiti and was appointed as trustee of the Services Preparatory Institute (SPI).

Lt Gen PS Bhagat Chair


Chief of Army Staff has instituted Lt Gen Prem Bhagat Chair of Excellence (COE) to commemorate the visionary leader. He was one of the few leaders who was awarded the highest pre independence gallantry award ‘Victoria Cross’ and was the first Bombay Sappers to reach the exalted rank of Lieutenant General. The first COE has been awarded to Maj Gen SG Pitre (Retd). He is researching on the topic “Legacy of Lt Gen PS Bhagat: A Visionary and Strategic Leader”.

Shri 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 Service Institution of India (USI).

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.

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. He 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.

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.