LT GENERAL SARATH CHAND, VICE CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF
Lt General Sarath Chand took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff on January 13, 2017. Before taking over as Vice Chief of Army Staff, the General Officer was commanding South Western Command.
Lt General Sarath Chand was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in June 1979. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiris), the Higher Command Course at Mhow, and the National Defence College course at New Delhi. He commanded his parent battalion, 11 Garhwal Rifles, and an Infantry Brigade in the desert sector. He later successfully commanded Counter Insurgency Force, KILO in the Kashmir Valley. He went on to command the strategically important Gajraj Corps, in the Eastern theatre.
He has held a number of important staff as well as instructional appointments during his career including Colonel General Staff of a Division and Brigadier General Staff of a Corps, both in High Altitude Area along the Northern Borders and in the Military Secretary’s Branch at Army Headquarters. His academic qualifications include M.Sc (Defence Studies), M.Phil in Defence & Management Studies and an M.Phil in Defence & Strategic Studies. He has served in the UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM-II). He is recipient of UYSM, AVSM, VSM awards and Chief of Army Staff ’s Commendation Card on three occasions.