Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor is army vice chief
Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor today assumed office as the Indian Army vice chief in place of Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman.india Updated: Jan 01, 2007 19:49 IST
Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor on Monday assumed office as the Indian Army vice chief in place of Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman, who retired on Sunday after four decades of service.
However, since Monday was a holiday, the ceremonial aspects of the taking over will be conducted on Tuesday with Kapoor laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti martyrs memorial at India Gate and then inspecting a guard of honour at the Army Headquarters.
Kapoor is likely to be elevated as army chief when incumbent Gen JJ Singh retires in September 2007.
Commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on June 11, 1967, Kapoor has held important staff and command appointments. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has done the higher command and National Defence College courses.
In addition, he represented the country as the chief operations officer for all United Nations Forces deployed in Somalia from 1994 to 1995, for which, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in January 1996.
Kapoor, who took active part in the 1971 operations for the liberation of Bangladesh, was awarded Sena Medal (devotion to duty) in January 1998 for his service as a brigade commander on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal for his excellent command of 33 Corps deployed on the Sino-Indian border.
Kapoor commanded one of the most prestigious formations of the army, the RAM division that was part of a strike corps, during Operation Parakram - the yearlong deployment along the India-Pakistan border following the December 2001 attack on parliament.
He has been chief of staff of 4 Corps in the northeast fighting insurgency in Assam. After his stint with 33 Corps, he headed the Army Training Command at Shimla and later the Udhampur-based Northern Command.
"Kapoor has an abiding interest in self-education, self-improvement and acquisition of knowledge, in pursuance of which, while in service obtained his Bachelors in Arts degree privately," a defence ministry spokesman said on Monday.
Kapoor also has a Masters degree in political science and a Masters degree in military science. He holds a diploma in business management and has completed his Masters in Business Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
He is an excellent sportsman and has played hockey, basketball, golf and tennis at various levels, the spokesman added.