Srinagar Dec 5: Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar, YSM on Sunday took over the reins as General Officer Commanding, of the elite Vajr Division from Major General VMB Krishnan, who takes over as Commandant, Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte.
As per an Army spokesman, Maj Gen Abhijit S Pendharkar, was commissioned on 9 June, 1990 from IMA, Dehradun into 6th Battalion, the Assam Regiment. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General Officer has attended all important career courses including Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course and National Defence College, the spokesman said.
Maj Gen Pendharkar has an MSc in Strategic Studies and Master of Philosophy to his credit.
"He has a vast operational experience having served in intense Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorist operations in North East & Jammu and Kashmir, " added the spokesman.
"For his distinguished service, he has been awarded GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation Card in 2002, COAS Commendation Card in 2007 and Yudh Seva Medal in 2018 while commanding a challenging brigade on the Line of Control.The General officer brings with him a rich experience of various Command, Staff and Instructional appointments including the prestigious command of an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade Group in MONUSCO, Congo and an extremely important appointment in Directorate of Military Operations at IHQ of MoD (Army) prior to assuming the command of the prestigious Vajr Division".