Lt Gen Harinder Singh becomes 50th IMA Commandant | Dehradun News


Dehradun: Lieutenant General Harinder Singh took over as the 50th Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun on Friday. On the occasion, he paid tribute to the martyrs at the War Memorial in a solemn ceremony recognising their supreme sacrifice for the nation.
The General Officer takes over the Command Baton of the IMA from Major General JS Mangat, who has been officiating after Lieutenant General Jaiveer Singh Negi superannuated on September 30, 2020.
An alumnus of NDA Khadakwasla, Lt Gen Singh was commissioned into 9 Maratha light Infantry, one of the oldest regiments of Indian Army. He excelled in Hockey at the Academy and is a former Services Hockey player. He has the honour of commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in active counter terrorist operations while being deployed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara sector. The officer carries varied operational experience having served in different terrains.
“The officer has the distinction of commanding two different brigades that includes the command of the most reputed United Nations Multinational Brigade deployed in Eastern Congo. He commanded a mountain division in Kashmir & a Corps along active Northern Borders. He has earlier served with Military Operation and Operational Logistics directorates in the rank of Major and Colonel respectively. As a Brigadier, he was instrumental in raising of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) at the Army Headquarters,” said Colonel Himani Pant, PRO, IMA.
Singh has also been an instructor at IMA, Dehradun and Infantry School, Mhow. The officer served as a staff officer at the UN Mission in Angola. He attended Defence Services Staff College, Higher Comd Course and excelled in research work at the National Defence College, New Delhi for which he was awarded Colonel Pyare Lal Gold Medal. He has also been an international graduate fellow at Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.
The Commandant has held two fellowships in his service career. As a Research Fellow at IDSA, New Delhi and later at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, and published several monographs, papers and write-ups in international and national journals and dailies.


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