Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, Sainik School Rewa alumnus, takes over as Vice Chief of the Army Staff

Sainik School Latest News: Building the legacy & strengthening the institution of Sainik Schools, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has assumed the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on 19 February 2024. An alumnus of Sainik School Rewa (MP) & National Defence Academy Khadakwasla, he was commissioned into 18 JAMMU & KASHMIR RIFLES in 1984.

Prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi was tenanting the appointment of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command from 2022-2024 in extremely challenging operational environment. Also read our report Sainik School Rewa alumnus becomes Vice Chief of Naval Staff.

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi VCOAS

During his illustrious career spanning across 39 years, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi has held command appointments in challenging operational environments, spanning the length and breadth of the country. Besides the challenging command assignments, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has tenanted important staff appointments in Headquarters Armoured Brigade, Mountain Division, Strike Corps and Integrated HQ (Army). He has been Sector Commander and Inspector General Assam Rifles in intense Counter Terrorism environment in the North East. Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi commanded the Rising Star Corps with operational role along the Western Borders.

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi has held instructional appointments to include tenures at Infantry School and Army War College, Mhow. The General officer has attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington & Higher Command Course at AWC, Mhow. The General officer was conferred ‘Distinguished Fellow’ in the coveted NDC equivalent course at USAWC, Carlisle, USA. He has an M Phil in Defence & Management Studies, in addition to the two Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Science including one from USAWC, USA.

As Director General Infantry, he had steered and fast-tracked capital procurement of weapons for the three services, leading to significant and visible capability enhancement for our Armed Forces. As Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information System & Coordination), the General officer gave impetus to automation and absorption of niche technologies in the Indian Army. 

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