Mehta is 1st Sikh officer from Kashmir to become Lt General

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 13:44 IST

Lt Gen PS Mehta, a second-generation army officer, who has his parentage in Shogapora (Badgam) and Singhpora (Baramulla) of Jammu and Kashmir, has been promoted to the rank of Lt General in Western Command, Chandimandir. Lt Gen Mehta enjoys the distinction of being the first Sikh officer from the Kashmir valley to have risen to the rank of Lt General.

Lt Gen Mehta is posted as Major General, General Staff (MGGS), at the headquarter Western Command.

The General Officer has an outstanding service track record, having graduated as first in the Order of Merit (gold medalist) from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

An alumnus of King Georges Military School Belgaum, KV Jalandhar Cantt, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Army War College MHOW and National Defence College New Delhi, he has been a topper in most of his career courses and is the recipient of number of academic degrees those include BSc, MSc (Defence Studies), Master of Philosophy in Defence and Management Studies.

He studied at Presentation Convent School, Srinagar, and completed his graduation (BSc) in 1977 from Government Degree College, Udhampur.

He was commissioned into an elite Armoured Regt - Skinners Horse in September, 1978.

Lt Gen Mehta’s father Colonel Amarjeet Singh Mehta (retd), an artillery officer, was also the first commissioned Sikh officer from the Kashmir valley.

His father was selected as a guide to Indian Army in 1948 during the tribal attack on Srinagar who escorted 4 Kumaon in the operations led by Major Som Nath Sharma, PVC (posthumous - who achieved martyrdom close to their village Shogapora). In his service career spanning over 36 years, he has served in various sectors across India. He has commanded an Armoured Regt, T-90 Armoured Brigade and an Armoured Division. He has also served in the counter-insurgency operations in J&K as a colonel General Staff.

The officer has held many important and prestigious staff appointments like brigade major of an Armoured Brigade, commander of Recruit Training Group Armoured Corps Centre and School, colonel General Staff of RAPID Division and colonel General Staff of Counter Insurgency Force, deputy director general Military Operations (AHQ), Instructor at the School of Armoured Warfare and directing staff at the higher command wing of Army War College.

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