In memory of CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat, Indian Army dedicates “Chair of Excellence”

On the eve of the 65th birthday of late Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, the Indian Army has dedicated a Chair of Excellence in his memory at the United Service Institution of India (USI).

In a Twitter post, the Indian Army mentioned,“ To honor General Bipin Rawat’s contributions to the Armed Forces, especially in the field of Jointness & Integration, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen MM Naravane, & officiating Chairman COSC formally instituted “General Bipin Rawat Memorial Annual Chair of Excellence” at USI.”

‘General Bipin Rawat Memorial Chair of Excellence’ will also focus on the field of Jointness and Integration. The Chair of Excellence is a befitting tribute to the astute leadership and professionalism of the General.

The formal announcement was made by Gen MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff and Officiating Chairman, COSC, at a solemn ceremony organised at the South Block on 15 March 2022. Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, the VCOAS, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, VCAS, Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, VCNS, Air Marshal BR Krishna, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) and Lt Gen SK Sharma, DCOAS (Strat), Maj. Gen. BK Sharma (Retd.) Maj. Gen. Pradeep Goswami (Retd.) also attended the event.

A cheque of Rs 5 lakhs was handed over to Maj Gen BK Sharma (Retd), Director, USI which will be paid as honorarium to the nominated Chair of Excellence.

On the occasion, the Army Chief recounted that General Rawat was passionate about strategic thoughts and invested considerable time and energy in the activities of various Think Tanks and therefore, his 65th birthday provided an opportune moment to reinforce the Services’ bond with their intellectual institutions. The Chair will be open to Veterans of three Services and civilians having expertise in the field of National Security.

Late CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat with Maj. Gen. BK Sharma, Director at USI and Maj. Gen. Pradeep Goswami, Deputy Director at USI

Late General Bipin Rawat served as India’s first CDS as well as the 27th Chief of the Indian Army. He was an outstanding professional and spearheaded one of the most radical transformations of the Indian military in the domain of Jointness & Integration.

Rawat was spearheading the military’s theaterisation drive to enhance the effectiveness of the armed forces and reshape the conduct of future operations. Rawat took over as CDS on December 31, 2019, after serving as army chief for a full three-year term. He held the four-star rank for almost five years, making him the longest-serving four-star general in India.

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