INFANTRY SCHOOL Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor Maj Gen P S Rana retired from services after 36 years in the Indian Army on Tuesday and Major General Anand Mohan Verma took charge replacing him.
Infantry School PRO Lt Col K M Upadhyay stated that he was an honours graduate from Honour’s School of Punjab University and was commissioned into 8 Grenadiers regiment in June 1970. Maj Gen Rana has held various prestigious instructional, command and staff appointments and served in counter-insurgency operations as commander of a RR sector and GOC of a Mountain Division.
He is alumnus of Defence College, Wellington and National Defence College, New Delhi. He has been awarded the Vishisht Sewa Medal (VSM) twice for his distinguished service in Operation Bajarang in Assam and Operation Rakshak in Jammu & Kashmir. He is also a keen sportsman and he has played in the command cricket and football teams of the Army. His wife Kumud Rana took keen interest in the AWWA activities of the station. As a custom of the Army, the Infantry School gave a farewell to Maj Gen Rana by rope pulling ceremony.
Lt Col Upadhyay said that Maj Gen Verma, who took charge from Major Gen Rana, was commissioned into the 2nd battalion of the Rajput Regiment in March 1972. He is an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and he has held various prestigious command, staff and instructional appointments.
He has served as instructor at DSSC, Wellington. He has done his postgraduate degree in Defence studies from Madras University and has commanded 27 Rajput regiment in J&K area.
He has operational experiences in operation battle Axe (Mizoram), operation Rakshak (J&K), operation Parakram and operation Rhino and for these operations he was awarded Sena Medal (SM) and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM). Maj Gen Verma’s wife Sudha Verma has distinguished career in the field of education. She is an experienced academician and has taken keen interest in uplift of the families and children of ‘Veer Naris’ at pervious Army locations.