Maj Gen Rajesh Moghe
Senior Directing Staff (Army-I)

Maj Gen Rajesh Moghe, a third generation armyman, was commissioned into the Second Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment (1st Royal Jat Light Infantry) in Aug 1988 from OTA Chennai. The General Officer has attended Tank Technology Course, DSSC, Command & Staff College Course in Indonesia, HDMC and Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Course.The General Officer has served in various operational environments to include Op Parakram and Op Zafran. His command and staff tenures include command of Mechanised Infantry Battalion in obstacle ridden terrain, Brigade Major and GSO-1 (Ops) of a Mountain Brigade in Counter Insurgency Operations in J&K, Col GS (Ops) of an active Corps in Eastern Command, command of an Armoured Brigade in the desert sector, Brig ASEC at the IHQ of MoD and the BGS (Ops) of a Strike Corps. He has been an Instructor Class ‘B’ at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Instructor Class ‘A’ at the School of Armoured Warfare, Ahmednagar and Directing Staff at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.

The General Officer is fluent in seven languages, is an avid bird watcher and biker. His wife Shireen has pursued a career as an educator with specialisation in French language. Elder son Dushyant is an engineer working with an automobile firm in Pune and younger son Kanishk has just begun a career in the hospitality industry.

Maj Gen Mukesh Aggarwal, VSM
Senior Directing Staff (Army-II)

Maj Gen Mukesh Aggarwal, VSM is an alumnus of NDA, Khadakwasla and was commissioned into Arty Regt on 19 Dec 1987.

He has attended SC-99 at College of Combat Mhow, HDMC-06 at CDM Secunderabad, NDC-56 at New Delhi and graduate of DSSC Wellington.

During his distinguished service, the Gen Offr has tenated numerous instructional, Staff and Comd appts. He has served as instructor in School of Arty Devlali, IMA Dehradun, CDM Secunderabad and Army War College Mhow. His important staff tenures are GSO-2 at Military Intelligence Directorate, EDP Offr at UNIFIL (Lebanon), GSO-1 in Perspective Planning Directorate, Col GS (Plg) of a Strike Corps, DDG KRAMC at COAS Sectt, MA to COAS, DA to CDS and MGOL. He commanded a medium Regiment in a counter insurgency environment & in deserts and an Artillery Brigade in High Altitude on Northern Borders.

He has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), GOC-in-C Commendation Card twice and a CISC Commendation Card which are an apt recognition of his selfless and distinguished service.

He is married to Mrs Jaya Aggarwal, who is a educationist. She has interest in all matters pertaining to education. The couple are blessed with a daughter Miss Tanya Aggarwal who is working in ICICI Bank.

Maj Gen Nagendra Singh,
Senior Directing Staff (Army-III)

Maj Gen Nagendra SIngh is an alumnus of IMA Dehradun and was commissioned into The Punjab Regiment in Dec 1989.

A graduate of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, College of Defence Management Secunderabad and the National Defence College at Delhi, he has varied exposure in various command, staff and instructional appointments. He has commanded his unit in High Altitude Area in Kashmir, commanded the Siachen Brigade and a Mountain Division in Ladakh. His staff assignments include Col GS of an Infantry Division and Brig SD(A) at Integrated HQ of MoD (Army). He has tenanted instructional tenures at Infantry School Mhow, Faculty of Studies, Army War College Mhow and is currently posted as Senior Directing Staff (Army) at the National Defence College.

Maj Gen Nagendra Singh is married to Mrs Vinika Singh, a homemaker. They are blessed with two daughters.

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.

AVM Manish Kumar Gupta, AVSM
Senior Directing Staff

Air Vice Marshal Manish Kumar Gupta is the Senior Directing Staff (Air) at National Defence College with effect from 24 Jul 2023. He earned his commission as a Pilot Officer on 16 Dec 1989 as the officer best in flying in 144 PC. He is a fighter pilot with over 3000 hours, having flown multiple combat aircraft. He has served at Air HQ in directorate of Air Staff Inspection and C4ISR. He has served at HQ Central Air Command, as in charge of Mirage 2000 operations. He has commanded an IACCS node, Fighter Sqn, Air Combat Simulator, a Fighter Wing and a strategic airlift wing. Prior to his present appointment he was the Chief Instructor (Air) at Defence Services Staff College Wellington.

RAdm Sanjay Sachdeva, NM
Senior Directing Staff

Rear Admiral Sanjay Sachdeva commissioned in Jun 1991, is an alumnus of the Naval Academy Goa, DSSC Wellington, and National Resilience Institute, Republic of Indonesia.

A Navigation & Direction specialist, the Officer has rich and varied experience tenanting important Command and Staff appointments, over a career spanning 32 years. His Command tenures include command of ships, Trishul, Shardul, Nashak, and Astravahini, while his staff assignments include Staff Officer (Navigation & Direction) to Flag Officer Sea Training, Fleet Navigating Officer Eastern Fleet, and Command Plans Officer at Headquarters Western Naval Command. Upon completion of NDC in 2019, the officer was appointed as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Maharashtra) and was responsible for Local Naval Defence of the state. The officer was heading the Directorate of Strategy, Concepts and Transformations at Naval Headquarters prior taking over his current assignment.

The officer was awarded the Nao Sena Medal for devotion to duty in 2022.

The officer is married to Ms Sarita, and the couple has two children.