Nikita Kaul, Wife of Martyred Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal, Clears SSB Interview, All Set to Join Indian Army as Commissioned Officer

A year after Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal laid down his life while fighting terrorists, his wife Nikita Kaul, is all set to join the Indian Army. Nikita Kaul cleared the Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and also got recommended in the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. She is now waiting for the merit list. She will join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai in April this year. Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane of Indian Army, Set to Join Officers Training Academy in October.

After 11 months of rigorous training, Nikita will be commissioned into the Indian Army as Lieutenant. While speaking to CNN News 18, she said, “I filled the SSC form six months after Vibhu’s martyrdom. It was my way to heal. When I wrote the exam and gave the interview, I could feel what he would have felt when he wrote his SSC. I connected with him, his fears and his anxiety. Somehow that gave me strength.”  Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.

Nikita is cuurently working in an MNC in Noida. She will soon quit her job to join the OTA. Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal attained martyrdom on February 17, 2019, almost nine months after his marriage with Nikita. Garima Abrol, Widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol of Indian Air Force, Clears SSB Interview, Will Join Air Force Academy in January 2020.

Major Dhoundiyal was among four Army men martyred in the encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Pulawama, a short distance away from the spot where 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack on February 14, 2019. He was posted with 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Major Dhoundiyal was a resident of Dehradun.

Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi Takes Charge as 49th Commandant of Indian Military Academy From Lt Gen SK Jha

Lieutenant General Jaiveer Singh Negi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM**, on Saturday took over as the 49th Commandant of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Lt Gen Negi took over the Command Baton of the academy from Lt Gen Sanjay Kumar Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, who superannuated after four decade of distinguished service on Jan 31, 2020. After taking the charge, Lt Gen Negi paid tributes to the martyrs at the War Memorial. General Bipin Rawat Takes Over as India’s First Chief of Defence Staff; Here is What New Uniform of CDS Looks Like.

The General Officer was commissioned into 16 DOGRA in Jun 1981. In his illustrious career spanning close to four decades, he has held many important challenging command and staff appointments in India and abroad. He has commanded his Battalion during ‘Operation Parakram’ in the Western Sector, an Assam Rifles Sector in Counter Insurgency Area in North East, a Division in High Altitude Area of Ladakh Area and a Strike Corps in Wester Sector.

Lt Gen Sanjay Kumar Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Handing Over Baton to Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM__
Lt Gen Negi Taking Over The Command Baton of the IMA from Lt Gen Jha (Photo Credits: IMA)

He is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, Army War College (Higher Command Course) and National Defence College. He has done instructional tenures at Infantry School, Mhow and Indian Military Training Team, Bhutan. Lt Gen Negi has also been the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an Indian Brigade deployed in UN peacekeeping Mission in the conflict zone of Congo. IMA POP Autumn 2019 – Multi Activity Display And “Son-Et-Lumiere” Show Held at Indian Military Academy, Rajnath Singh To Be Reviewing Officer of Passing Out Parade.

The General officer has tenanted important instructional and staff appointments in Infantry School, Mhow, Colonel General Staff of a Division, Military Secretary’s Branch and as a Maj Gen served in both Military Operations Directorate as also Military Secretariat Branch. He has vast operational experience and service experience having served in all terrains of the country.

For his dedicated and distinguished service of the highest order, he has been Awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal and Bar to Vishist Seva Medal. He has also been awarded the UN Force Commander’s Commendation for his distinguished service in United Nations. Prior to taking over the reins of Indian Military Academy, he was handling a crucial appointment of Deputy Commander and Chief of Strategic Force Command.