Advisory Council


Commitee Member ONEID
Lt Gen Surinder Nath PVSM,AVSM, (Retd)
former Chairman, UPSC and Vice Chief of Indian Army

LT. Gen. Surinder Nath, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) Ex-Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, Ex-Vice Chief of Army Staff, Army Headquarters, Ex-Independent Director on the Board of Larsen and Toubro; Fellow of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi; Member of the Advisory Council, VGSOM, IIT, Kharagpur; M.Sc. in Defence Studies from Madras University; M.A. in International Relations from Allahabad University.


Born on 26th June 1937, Joined National Defence Academy in 1953 and commissioned into Regiment of Artillery from Indian Military Academy in June 1957; Attended various professional courses including Survey and Target Acquisition Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA; Defence Services Staff College Course at Wellington, Nilgirs; Command and General Staff Course, Tehran, Iran; National Defence College, New Delhi. Took active part in 1971 Indo-Pak war in Jammu-Samba sector. On promotion as Lieutenant General in June 1991, commanded a Corps in Kashmir & Ladakh Sector which was actively involved in combating militancy in the Valley and intense operations in Siachen Glacier.


Lt Gen. Surinder Nath was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India while commanding an infantry Division in Punjab during Operation RAKSHAK in January 1991; Again in January 1993 for his able leadership, outstanding professional competence and exceptional devotion to duty while leading his troops in anti militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley, he was awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal (Highest award for distinguished service and extreme devotion to duty) by the President of India; Was appointed as Vice Chief of Army Staff, Army Headquarters on 1st July 1993 and in that assignment he was deeply involved in strategic planning at National Level, policy decision making at apex level of the armed forces and negotiations at International Level with special emphases in procurement of equipment, transfer of technology, research and development and training skills. After rendering 38 years of distinguished service, he retired from the Army on 30th June 1995 and was appointed as Member, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi on 20th September 1995.


He took over as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi on 11th December, 1998 an appointment equivalent to the Cabinet Secretary, the highest post in the Government of India. UPSC is a Constitutional Body entrusted with the task of recruitment to various senior level posts in the Central Government and Union Territories and other organized cadres, viz. IAS, IPS and IFS etc. by conducting various competitive examinations and also by direct interviews. Apart from being the premier Institution in the country for recruitment and selection to posts/appointments ranging upto the highest level in the Government of India, it is an expert body for the development of human resources. Visited France, UK and USA in July 2001 to study the system and procedures adopted by similar organizations in those countries. After successfully completing his tenure in UPSC, demitted that office on 25th June 2002.


In December 2002, he was selected as Chairman of a Study Group constituted by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to review the system of performance appraisal, promotion, empanelment and placement procedures for All India Services i.e. IAS, IPS and IFOS and Group ‘A’ services of the Government of India. The recommendations of the Study Group were submitted to the Hon’ble Prime Minister in July 2003 and have been frequently highlighted in the Media as “Surinder Nath Committee Report”. Most of these recommendations have been accepted by the Government of India and are now under implementation. He was also a member of another Study Group constituted by the PMO in 2006 for designing and planning inservice training for IAS officers at junior, middle and senior level. The recommendations of the Study Group have been accepted and already implemented. He was an Independent Director on the Board of Larsen and Toubro Company Ltd from August 2004 to September 2007. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi, which is deeply involved in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and enhancing effectiveness of the Board of Directors.


Committee Member ONEID
Lt. Gen. J S Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd)
President, Institute Of Directors

Lt Gen J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (retd) is President of the ‘Institute of Directors’ and of the ‘World Environment Foundation’ (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, he had specialized in engineering support to weapon systems of the Army. He has undergone extensive training in various manufacturing concerns in France, UK, USSR and Japan. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College and College of Defence Management. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of a large number of foreign and Indian professional engineering and management institutions. He was chairman of the ‘Institution of Engineers (INDIA)’, President of ‘Delhi Management Association’. He has also been on the Board of Governors of ‘Engineering staff College of India’, ‘Quality Council of India’ (QCI), ‘All India Management’ (AIMA).