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General Vijay Kumar Singh, PhD, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, MP

© NWC - General Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, MP, PhD, DFNWC - Indian Army (Retired) - Minister of State for External Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India - Member of Parliament of India for Ghaziabad - 24th Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army (2012-2014) - Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http:www.newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: General Vijay Kumar Singh, PhD, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, MP

General Vijay Kumar Singh is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and is the Minister of State for External Affairs and concurrently as a Member of Parliament of India representing Ghaziabad. He was appointed as Minister of State for External Affairs on 26 May 2014 by the Prime Minister of India.

General Singh served in the Indian Army from 1970 to 2012. He retired in 2012 as a four-star General, having served as the 24th Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army from 31 March 2010 to 31 May 2012. Most of his military career was spent in special forces roles, including service in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He was the first commando to be promoted to the rank of General. His military command and leadership experience includes:

  • General Officer Commanding-in-Charge: Army Eastern Command
  • General Officer Commanding: Kharga Corps
  • General Officer Commanding: II Corps (Ambala)
  • General Officer Commanding: XI Corps (Jalandhar)
  • General Officer Commanding: Rashtriya Rifles
  • Military Operations Directorate: Headquarters, Indian Army
  • Chief Instructor: JLW (Commando Wing), Belgaum
  • Instructor: Indian Military Training Team, Bhutan
  • Instructor: Infantry School
  • Commander: Infantry Brigade
  • Commanding Officer 2: Rajput (Kali Chindi)

General Singh’s education, professional military education (PME) and training includes:

  • 2013: Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Affairs and Military Science, Barkatullah University, Bhopa, India
  • 2001: United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Ranger Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA
  • United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA
  • Defence Services Staff College
  • Birla Public School, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

General Singh’s publications include:

2013: Courage and Conviction: An Autobiography, authored by General Vijay Kumar Singh and published by Aleph Book Company

General Singh’s honours, decorations and awards include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College (DFNWC), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2011: 1st Indian Armed Forces Inductee and 33rd International Fellow, International Fellows Hall of Fame, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2009: Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM)
  • Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM)
  • Yudh Seva Medal (YSM)
  • Poorvi Star
  • Special Service Medal
  • Sangram Medal
  • Operation Vijay Medal
  • Operation Parakram Medal
  • Sainya Seva Medal
  • High Altitude Service Medal
  • Videsh Seva Medal
  • 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
  • 25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
  • 30 Years Long Service Medal
  • 20 Years Long Service Medal
  • 9 Years Long Service Medal
  • U.S. Army Ranger Tab
  • Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the President of India
  • Colonel of the Rajput Regiment
  • Honorary Colonel of the Brigade of Guards

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, General Vijay Kumar Singh is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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