Rear Admiral Dhiren Vig, VSM
Senior Directing Staff (Navy)

Rear Admiral Dhiren Vig, VSM a Gunnery Specialist was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1986. He is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (TN) and the Naval War College, Mumbai.

During his career spanning over 33 years, he has been through a myriad of operational and staff appointments. These include Commands of the Guided Missile Frigate INS Betwa, Frigate INS Udaigiri, 1241 RE Missile Vessels INS Nirbhik & INS Vidyut and Second in Command of the Missile Corvette INS Khukri.

The officer’s other important appointments ashore include Naval Assistant to Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, DA to CISC, Staff Officer (Gunnery) at HQFOST, Command Gunnery Officer, Western Naval Command, Commanding Officer INS Kadamba, Director (Navy) at HQ IDS and Principal Director of Naval Training (PDNT) at IHQ MoD (Navy).

On promotion to the flag rank, the officer was appointed at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) w.e.f. 02 Apr 15. As ACNS (FCI) the officer in close coordination with Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence formulated a number Defence Cooperation initiatives with various countries of interests. The officer was actively involved in making concept papers on strategic projects. The officer was appointed as ADG Seabird w.e.f. 09 Mar 18 till joining as SDS (Navy)/NDC on 01 Mar 19.

For his devotion to duty, the officer has received commendations from the Chief of the Naval Staff and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern and Southern Naval Command during his career. The officer is a keen Squash Player and has represented the Navy in Squash between 1992 to 1994. He is married to Geeta, who is a homemaker and has one son who is an engineer and presently working for Airtel at New Delhi.



Air Vice Marshal BV Upadhyay VM
Senior Directing Staff (Air)

Air Vice Marshal BV Upadhyay VM was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 07 March 1986 with 137 Pilots' Course. He is a Transport pilot and has over 6800 hours of flying on various transport aircraft. He is a Right Hand Seat Check Pilot (RHSCP). He has been bestowed with the Presidential award of Vayu Sena Medal in 2012.

The Air Vice Marshal has commanded Para Troopers Training School and was the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Component in the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command, Air Force Station, Vadodara and Advance HQ Western Air Command, Chandimandir. He has held staff appointment of Air-II, HQ Eastern Air Command.

He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune, the Defence Services Staff College, France and National Defence College, New Delhi.

He is married to Mrs Alpa and they have one son Jai and one daughter Khanjan. He is an avid reader and fond of playing badminton and golf.



Maj Gen U Suresh Kumar, YSM, VSM
Senior Directing Staff (Army-I)

Maj Gen U Suresh Kumar, YSM, VSM an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, was commissioned into the 27th Battalion of the PUNJAB Regiment in June 1984. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, has attended the Higher Defence Management Course at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and also, the prestigious National Defence College Course at New Delhi.

The General Officer has teneted a balanced mix of Command, Staff and Instructional tenures. He has commanded a rifle company in Manipur, a Battalion in Counter Insurgency Operations in J&K, a Bde in Counter Insurgency Operations and a Mountain Division along the Eastern Borders.

He has been an Instructor in IMA Dehradun, MCTE Mhow and Directing Staff at DSSC Wellington and the Army War College, Mhow. He has held varied staff appointments that include Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Military Observer in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, Staff in the Military Secretary’s Branch, HQ Integrated Defence Staff and the Chief of Staff of a Strike Corps.

He is married to Mrs Suja who is a Post Graduate in Zoology and they are the proud parents of two sons, Master Gautam Suresh Nambiar who is working in Delhi and Master Gokul Suresh Nambiar who is doing his in B Tech in VIT Vellore.



Maj Gen Hari B Pillai
Senior Directing Staff (Army-II)

Maj Gen Hari B Pillai Commissioned into the Seventh Battalion, THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY in Jun 1989 Alumnus of Sainik School, Kazhakootam and NDA (72 Course)

Command Assignments Commanded his unit, 7 MARATHA LI in Counter Insurgency Operations in Kashmir, Commanded a Mountain Brigade in the North East The only Indian Brigade abroad, 301 Infantry Brigade Group in MONUSCO (Democratic Republic of Congo) under the UN Flag

Staff Appointments  Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade in the Western Sector
Colonel-General Staff (Operations) of the Corps at Srinagar, J&K, Director Information Operations, at the Public Information Directorate at Army HQ,
Brigadier General Staff (Operations) Headquarters Northern Command

Instructional Assignments Senior Instructor at Junior Leaders Academy Bareilly on raising Officer-in-charge (Training) at the Army Sports Institute, Pune
Directing Staff at Senior Comd Wing, Army War College, Mhow

Courses. Graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington Higher Defence management Course, Secunderabad National Defence College (58 NDC), New Delhi

Family: Wife Tara is a Chartered Accountant working in the Private Sector in Gurgaon Daughter: Soumya is a student



Maj Gen Manoj Kumar, SM
Senior Directing Staff (Army-III)

Maj Gen Manoj Kumar, SM an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 08 June 1985. He is qualified on the Long Gunnery Staff Course (Field) and has graduated from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is qualified on the Higher Defence Management Course from College of Defence Management as also the prestigious National Defence College Course at New Delhi.

His command assignments which include a Rocket Regiment, an Artillery Brigade and an Artillery Division have all been along the Western borders. He has been on Staff assignments in an Artillery Brigade and an Infantry Division in the rank of Major and Colonel respectively along the line of control. At the Service Headquarters, he has been Director Manpower in AG Branch and Deputy Military Secretary (Artillery) in MS Branch.

He has been awarded the Commendation Card of the Chief of Army Staff, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western command as also Northern Command. He was awarded Sena Medal (Distinguished Service) in 2018.

He is married to Mrs Veena Rani. They have one daughter Supriya, since married and a son, Kushagra Singh who is pursuing graduation in law.



Shri Birender Singh Yadav, IFS
Senior Directing Staff
(Foreign Services)

Shri Birender Singh Yadav is a career diplomat and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1997.  He has served extensively at the Ministry of External Affairs and at Indian Missions abroad. He has earlier served diplomatic assignments in various capacities in Embassy of India in Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO and High Commission of India in Sri Lanka.  At the Headquarters, he has handled the work related to India's bilateral relations with countries of Gulf region, South East Asia region and West Africa Division. He has been Ambassador of India to Republic of Iraq from January 2020 to July 2021. He was also High Commissioner of India to Republic of Ghana (October 2016-January 2020) with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador of India to Burkina Faso (October 2016-March 2019), High Commissioner to Sierra Leone and Ambassador to Republic of Togo.

He is an alumni of prestigious National Defence College and was course participant of 55th NDC Course.  He also successfully completed UN Disarmament Fellowship in 2006.

He hold a Bachelor degree in Engineering. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Russian. He is married to Richa Rao, and they have one daughter and one son.


Mr. Priyank Bharti, IAS
Senior Directing Staff
(Civil Services)

Mr. Priyank Bharti is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 2001 Batch, Punjab Cadre.

He has done his schooling at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi. Done his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Computer Science from Delhi Institute of Technology, Delhi University, New Delhi and further done his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Institute of Management Studies, DAVV University of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

After the training as Asstt. Commissioner (UT) in Patiala, Punjab in 2002, has served as Sub Divisional Magistrate in Jaitu in District Faridkot and later in Rajpura subdivision of District Patiala in Punjab between 2003-2005. Was posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner in District Ludhiana (2005-2009). Has worked as Deputy Commissioner in Roopnagar, Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar between 2009 till 2014. The officer later served as the Director of Urban Local Government, Punjab (2014-16) before moving to the Government of India on deputation in 2016. As the Director, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways handled the issues relating to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the rules there under and since 2018 was working as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, handling issues relating to the Motor Vehicles Act and the rules, Transport Sector and reforms, Road Safety, Information Technology and Tolling on the National Highways before being posted in National Defence College

He is married to Mrs Alaknanda Dayal, an Economics Hons. Graduate from Delhi University, and MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, who is an IAS officer currently posted as Joint Secretary, in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. They have two sons, studying in Class 5th and 12th respectively.

The officer is a keen sportsman with an interest in Cricket and Badminton.