Shimla: Lieutenant General K Surendra Nath, VSM, an alumni of National Defence Academy who was commissioned into 1st Madras (Mech) assumes charge as General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC n C) of Army Training Command (ARTRAC) on 1st January.
After Gen AS Lamba was elevated as vice-chief of Army on 1st December, Lt Gen Nath has been officiating as the GOC n C here at ARTRAC. Prior to his appointment in ARTRAC, the general officer was a corps commander in the western sector.
In a distinguished 37 year career the general officer has had varied operational experience. He has also been a country representative for a prestigious United Nations Mission in Cambodia and at the UN Headquarters in New York.
On the eve of assuming charge of ARTRAC, Lt Gen Nath said that ARTRAC would continue to define the doctrinal and conceptual changes for Army that are imperative to meet present and future challenges. To that end, the orchestration and orientation of training of officers and men would remain the prime focus, he said.
The General Officer is an alumnus of Sainik School Korukonda and National Defence Academy, Pune. He was commissioned into 1 Madras (Mech), which Battalion he later commanded. He is a graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Mirpur Dhaka, Bangladesh; Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College, New Delhi.