Shri Abhay Tripathi, IAS,
Senior Directing Staff
(Civil Services)

NDC Faculty


Shri Abhay Tripathi is born in 1961 in Patna, he is Post Graduate in History, M Phil in National Security and Strategic Studies, Joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1986 in Andhra Pradesh Cadre.

Worked as Sub Collector-Chittoor, Vice Chairman- Trupati Urban Development Authority, Joint Collector-West Godavari District, Deputy Commissioner (Sales Tax) –Vishakhapatnam, Joint Secretary, Govt of AP, District Magistrate –Nizamabad, Director (Sales Tax-VAT) in Ministry of Finance Government of India, New Delhi and Additional Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Bhawan, New Delhi

His Last assignment was Officer-on -Special Duty, Andhra Pradesh Bhawan for three years Before joining National Defence College as Joint Secretary & Senior Directing Staff(Civil Services).


Rear Admiral
Dhiren Vig,
Senior Directing Staff (Navy)

Rear Admiral Dhiren Vig, a Gunnery Specialist was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1986. He is 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.



Senior Directing Staff
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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 flying on various transport aircraft. He is 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 Harkirat Singh, VSM,
Senior Directing Staff (Army-I)

Maj General Harkirat Singh, VSM , an alumni of NDA Khadakwasla, IMA Dehradun, IAT Girinagar, CDM Secunderabad and National Defence College New Delhi, was commissioned in Regiment of Artillery in Jun 1984.

The General Officer in a military career spanning over 33 years has held a number of prestigious Command, Staff and instructional appointments. All his Command Assignments have been in operational areas.

He commanded a Medium Artillery Regiment in Jammu & Kashmir, and a Missile Brigade in North East Sector of India.

He has held varied staff appointments, as General Staff Officer, Project Management Organisation (BSS), IHQ of MoD (Army), SSO at HQ Andaman Nicobar Command, PD at HQ SFC, Brigadier Operation & Logistic at HQ Northern Comd, and Brigadier Artillery at HQ South Western Comd .

The General Officer has a distinguished academic record. He is a graduate in Defence Studies and has an M/Phil Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies in defence related subjects. He has held instructional appointment as instructor Grade C, Grade B, Grade A at School of Artillery and Directing Staff at College of Defence management. He is now performing the duty of Senior Directing Staff at National Defence College.

He is married to Mrs. Manpreet Kaur, and has a daughter and a son. The daughter is working as a lawyer and the son has finished graduation(Eco Hons) from Delhi University.


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

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 balance 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 Arvind Walia
Senior Directing Staff (Army-III)

Maj Gen Arvind Walia has done his initial schooling from Delhi and Engineering from BITS, Pilani. An officer of Dec 1986 seniority, he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun where he was awarded the Silver Medal.

He has distinguished himself in the courses he attended including the Staff Course at Wellington and Higher Defence Management Course at Secunderabad. He has also attended the prestigious National Defence College Course at Delhi. He is M.Sc in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University, Master of Management Studies from Osmania University and two M.Phils in Business Administration and Security Studies.

He has a wide exposure on various command, staff and instructional appointments in various part of the country including counter insurgency. He has commanded an Independent Engineer Squadron in deserts, his regiment in J &K and an Engineer Brigade in a Strike Corps. He has held various staff appointments including Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade and Brig Q of a Strike Corps. He has also been an instructor at the College of Defence Management.

Maj Gen Arvind Walia is married to Mrs Anita Walia who is a professional educationist and they are blessed with two children, daughter who is presently working in Australia and a son who is studying in APS.