Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will be our new Army General succeeding  General M M Naravane as the next chief of the Indian Army.  He will take charge on May 1.

Birth and Education

General Manoj Pande was born on 6th may 1962 at Nagpur in Maharashtra  state . His father, Dr. C G Pande, was the former Head of the Department of Psychology at Nagpur University. His mother, Prema was an announcer and host with the All India Radio.   

 After his schooling, Manoj Pande joined National Defence Academy , where he was graduated with Bachelor of Science. After NDA, he joined the Indian Military Academy. He finished his studies at Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom). In addition to it, he took courses at the Higher Command (HC) and the National Defence College (NDC). He married Archana Salpekar. She is a doctor (Dental).

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande

He is the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the Chief of Army Staff. He had served as the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command.  He also commanded as the Commander-in-Chief  in Andaman and Nicobar. General Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande will be the 29th Chief of Indian Army. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers, one of the prestigious regiments in the Corps of Engineers, in December 1982. He has the distinction of serving as the Chief Engineer at the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. During his mission he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

General Manoj Pande assumed command of the IV Corps in Tezpur on December 30, 2018. Corps personnel are presently engaged in counter insurgency operations in the Line of Actual Control and North East. After a year and a half at the head of IV Corps, he was transferred to Army Headquarters and was named Director-General, responsible for discipline, ceremonial, and welfare.

He was a major commanding officer during Operation Parakram. He is credited with overseeing an Engineer Regiment in the sensitive Pallianwala.

Sector, which included the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt General Pande has commanded an engineer brigade in the western theatre, an infantry brigade along LoC. He had also led a mountain division in the Laddakh sector and a corps in the northeast. He was the commander-in-chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command before he took charge of the Eastern Command.