Maj Gen Deepak Mehra
Kirti Chakra, AVSM, VSM (Retd.)

School of Internal Security and SMART Policing (SISSP)

Phone No. – Ext. 701

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About Maj Gen Deepak Mehra

Maj Gen Deepak Mehra has served the Nation as an Army Officer for over 35 years in some of the most challenging battlefields to include Siachen Glacier, as part of Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. He has successfully led and commanded sub-units, organisations and formations with the strength of approximately 20,000 individuals. He was awarded 'Kirti Chakra' by the Hon’ble President of India for successfully leading his sub unit in extremely difficult Combat Situations in 2001. In the year 2021, he was once again awarded with Ati Vashisht Seva Medal by the Hon’ble President of India for commanding a Division in insurgency areas leading to large number of surrenders by Bodo Militants paving the way for signing of the peace accord thus, bringing peace to restive areas of Assam.  He served as a Military Attaché at the Embassy of India in Moscow for three years and was instrumental in the enhancement of Military-to-Military contacts between Indian and Russian Army.

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Russia-India Relations from Rashtriya Raksha University, Ahmedabad
  • Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.), Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2012
  • Master of Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2010
  • M.Sc in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University, Chennai, 1997
  • B.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (National Defence Academy), 1986
  • Awarded Kirti Chakra (2021) the second highest Gallantry Award by the Hon’ble President of India for the successful conduct of Counter Insurgency operations.
  • Honoured with the Ati Vashisht Seva Medal (2021) by the Hon’ble President of India for Counter Insurgency operations in Assam and operations on Indo-China border
  • Awarded Vashisht Seva Medal (2014) for Counter Insurgency operations in J&K
  • Awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card (2005) for the work in MGO branch in procurement directorate
Report in the form of Book
  • Chief Editor and Co-Author of “Demystifying the Middle Kingdom”, a detailed report published in the form of a book about China’s Culture, Customs and Economics
  • Expanding cooperation between Pakistan and Russia and its implications on India, 2019; Published as Synodos Paper I Vol-XIII No-4, pr 2019 at Centre for Joint Warfare Studies
  • An article on combat leadership in difficult areas of Counter Insurgency titled ‘An experience in Team Building-I published in Infantry Journal, 2010
  • Another article on combat leadership in difficult areas of Counter Insurgency titled ‘An experience in Team Building-II published in Infantry Journal, 2011
Organized a Round Table discussion as Brig West at HQ IDS with the participation of Ex-Ambassadors, Think Tanks and Senior Officers to discuss and strategize the future course in Afghanistan, Mar 2019
Strategic Partnership between India and Russia, Round Table Discussion, Jun 2016, Moscow
Participated in International Conference on Afghanistan, Oct 2015, attended by member countries of SCO, CSTO, CIS, Sri Lanka, and Turkey
Participated in discussion on Russian Military Doctrine and the State Rearmament Program, Oct 2015
Participated in seminar ‘Economy and Power Balance in Asia’, conducted by Takshashila Institution at College of Defense Management in 2011
Participated in seminar ‘Swavlamban: Building Capability Through Self Reliance in Defense Production’, organized jointly by Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad) and College of Defense Management, 2010
Participated in Seminar on Indian Strategic Perspective in 21st century at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad, Oct 2010
Bilateral and Multilateral Coordination with Other Countries
Chief Coordinator of Joint Indo-Russia Tri-Services Exercise INDRA-2017, held at Vladivostok, with participation of more than 900 Indian Defence Personnel including two Indian Navy Frigates and over 1000 Russian personnel
Chief Coordinator of the Eighth Edition of  India-Russia Joint Military Exercise 'INDRA-2016', held in Russia
Chief Coordinator of Peaceful Mission, a multilateral and joint counter-terrorism exercise conducted with the armed forces of all SCO countries, including China, Russia and Pakistan
Participant in strategic discussions and negotiations for international coordination among India, Russia and other countries, including negotiations with Russia to enable ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’
Managed bilateral coordination and conduct of exercises between; India and China (2019 at Umroi Cantt, Meghalaya) and between India and USA (2007, Chaupatia, Uttarakhand) in India
Guest Lectures
Conducted Staff Exercise for the Staff Officers selected for UN deployment at Centre for UN Peacekeeping at USI, New Delhi, 2005
Invited to give a talk on Combat leadership at the National Defense Academy at Khadakvasla in Pune, 2009
Conducted various lectures/talk for the middle level staff officers and young officers at the Institute of Military law on Discipline and Vigilance aspects of Indian Army, during the years 2021, 2022, & 2023
Delivered lecture for the middle level Staff Officers at Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) on the amelioration of stress, combat stress management and soft-skills for the personnel of the Indian Armed Forces, 2022
Delivered talk on the Increasing Litigation in Indian Army and Remedial Actions to the Senior Army Commanders at Infantry School, Mhow, 2021
Delivered talk at Rashtriya Raksha University, Ahmedabad on ‘Origins of Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Takeaways for Indian Military and Diplomacy’, Mar 2023
Delivered a talk on Russian Model of Hybrid Warfare in 21st Century in the Course on Hybrid Warfare: War Without Boundaries at SISDSS, RRU, May 2023
Research Guidance ( Ph.D./P.G./U.G.)
  • Supervised dissertation and case study of 14 students of the rank of Colonel of Indian Army, over a period of three years as part of their Masters in Management Studies Degree from Osmania University
  • Photography
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Nepalese
  • Russian (Level 1)