Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair, a highly decorated officer, today took over as the Director General of Assam Rifles, popularly known as Sentinels of the North-East. Lt Gen Nair’s last assignment was at the Army Headquarters as the Director General Recruiting, responsible for recruiting officers and jawans in the Indian Army.
India’s oldest paramilitary force, Assam Rifles (AR) provides security to the north-eastern region and has a diversified role ranging from security to providing welfare and developmental assistance to the people.
Lt Gen Nair has rich experience of Assam Rifles and the north-eastern region, having earlier been an Inspector General and a Company Commander in Assam Rifles, besides having Assam Rifles battalions as a part of the brigade he commanded.
The General Officer was commissioned into the Sikh Regiment in 1985. He is an alumnus of Sainik School Satara, National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the prestigious Indian Institute of Public Administration. He has vast combat experience having commanded his battalion (18 Sikh) in Siachen Glacier and Assam. In addition, in the North East, he has been a Company Commander in Manipur and Sikkim, battalion commander in Assam, brigade commander in Manipur and in the recent past, has also been an Inspector General of Assam Rifles in Nagaland.
He has been an instructor in Infantry School, Mhow, Indian Military Training Team, Bhutan and a Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College. He has served in the Army Headquarters as a Colonel, Major General and Lieutenant General. He has also served as Brigadier General Staff in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area and in the Defence Intelligence Agency.
He has been decorated with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) during his tenure as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland, Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) during his command of a brigade in Manipur and the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card on three occasions.