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.

Ms. Neeta Bhushan, IFS
Senior Directing Staff
(Foreign Services)

Mrs. Neeta Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. As a career diplomat, she has served in several countries including Japan, Bangladesh, Germany and UAE (as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi). Her last assignment was as Consul General of India in Chicago. She has also served at Headquarters as Under Secretary (Japan & Koreas); Director (Development Partnership Administration) and Joint Secretary (Parliament & Coordination). In addition she has been on deputation to the Ministry of Finance as Director (Department of Economic Affairs).

During the last 25 years, she has worked in all wings of the Embassy of India in various countries. During her tenure as Consul General of India in Chicago, she organized and participated in many Community function as well as business, cultural and academic events. She especially focused on promotion of trade and commercial relations between India and the US Midwest region. She also actively participated in several seminars on India and interacted with Professors/students at various Schools and Universities such as Chicago Booth School, Northwestern University, De Paul University, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Purdue University and University of South Dakota, etc.

She has studied at Notre Dame Academy (Patna), DPS RK Puram and Hindu College, Delhi University.

She is married to Mr Anurag Bhushan, presently India’s High Commissioner to Malawi. They have a son and a daughter.

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 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 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-II)

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.