Lt Gen SK Jha wud be new IMA commandant

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Lt Gen Sanjay Kumar Jha would be 48th commandant of Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. He would take charge of academy from Lt Gen S K Upadhya.

As per the press release Lt Gen Jha is a highly decorated soldier and  is an alumni of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy.  He was commissioned into the  17th Battalion the SIKH Regiment’’ on December 13,1980.

In an illustrious career spanning a period of more than 36 years, the officer has held various Staff, Instructional and Command appointments. He has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, an Assam Rifle Sector and a Mountain Division in the North East. He has held positions like  Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, General Staff Officer 1 (Operations) of a Mountain Division, Director Military Operations, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Command, Deputy Additional Chief of Integrated Defence Staff at Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, Additional Director General of Perspective Planning and Director General of Perspective Planning at Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (MoD).

He has also held instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy, Indian Military Training Team (Bhutan) and Army War College. He has served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade in the United Nation Mission at Congo. He has excelled in various professional courses during his service and has many achievements to his credit. The new IMA Commandant is a Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command Course and National Defence College.

He has been decorated with the GOC-in-C Commendation Card (twice), VCOAS Commendation Card, Sena Medal, Yudh Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM). The General officer is also the Colonel of the SIKH Regiment. He was GoC  of a Corps in the North East, before assuming the present appointment.

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