Lt. Gen. Sanjay Kumar Jha today took over as the 48th Commandant of the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA). A highly decorated soldier, Lt. Gen. Jha, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and IMA, was commissioned into the 17th battalion of the Sikh regiment on Dec 13, 1980.
6 Inspiring Facts About Lt Gen Jha
- Lt Gen Jha, a highly decorated soldier, is an alumni of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academ. He was commissioned into the 17th Battalion the Sikh Regiment on December 13, 1980.
- In an illustrious career spanning a period of more than 36 years, the officer has held various Staff, Instructional and Command appointments. He has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, an Assam Rifle Sector and a Mountain Division in the North East. He has held positions like Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, General Staff Officer 1 (Operations) of a Mountain Division, Director Military Operations, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Command, Deputy Additional Chief of Integrated Defence Staff at Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, Additional Director General of Perspective Planning and Director General of Perspective Planning at Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- Lt General Jha has also held instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy, Indian Military Training Team (Bhutan) and Army War College. He has served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade in the United Nation Mission at Congo.
- The General officer has excelled in various professional courses during his service and has many achievements to his credit. The new IMA Commandant is a Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command Course and National Defence College.
- He has been accorded with the GOC-in-C Commendation Card (twice), VCOAS Commendation Card, Sena Medal, Yudh Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM).
- The General officer is also the Colonel of the Sikh Regiment. He was General Officer Commanding in Chief of a Corps in the North East, before assuming the present appointment.