New Delhi, On the eve of the 65th birthday of late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the Indian Army has dedicated a Chair of Excellence in his memory at the United Service Institution of India (USI) in New Delhi.
The formal announcement was made by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Officiating Chairman, COSC Gen MM Naravane at a solemn ceremony organised at the South Block on March 15. Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Air Marshal BR Krishna, and Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (DCOAS Strat) also attended the event.
A cheque of Rs five lakhs was handed over to Maj Gen BK Sharma (Retd), Director, USI which will be paid as honorarium to the nominated Chair of Excellence.
Late General Bipin Rawat, who served as India’s first CDS as well as the 27th Chief of Indian Army was an outstanding professional and was in the midst of steering one of the most radical transformations of the Indian military. Gen Bipin Rawat Memorial Chair of Excellence will focus in the field of Jointness and Integration. The Chair of Excellence is a befitting tribute to the astute leadership and professionalism of the General.
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.