Lieutenant General Harinder Singh on Friday assumed charge as the 50th Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. Prior to this he was serving as the General Officer Commanding, 14 Corps at Leh where he oversaw operations, along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, and led the Indian delegation during talks with the Chinese to end the ongoing stand-off between the two armies.
He took over from Major General JS Mangat—who has been the officiating commandant since his predecessor— Lt Gen JS Negi superannuated on September 30, 2020.
On joining, he paid tribute at the IMA war memorial in a solemn ceremony.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Lt Gen Harinder Singh was commissioned into 9 Maratha Light infantry, one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army.
A former Services hockey player, he has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in the Kupwara Sector.