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Air Marshal Puran Singh Bajwa

Service No 3520 Branch MED
Date of Birth: 20 Oct 1925
Date Commissioned 01 Oct 1948 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 1985 / Died on 30 Nov 2009
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 09 Sep 1948Flt Lt : 09 Sep 1949Wg Cdr : 09 Mar 1966Gp Capt : 15 Dec 1973
Acting Air Cmde : 27 Jun 1977Air Cmde : 01 Jun 1977Acting Air Marshal : 01 Sep 1984Air Marshal : 01 Aug 1984
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
10 May 1973 - 29 Aug 1974Gp Capt5 Air Force HospitalJorhat CO
11 Sep 1974 - 06 Mar 1977Gp CaptCommand Hospital, Air ForceBangalore Cmdt
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi PMO
01 Sep 1984 - 31 Oct 1985Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DGMSAIR
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPuran Singh Bajwa3520 MEDAward Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Air Marshal Puran Singh Bajwa (3520) Medical was commissioned in September, 1940. During his service of over 36 years, he held a number of important assignments such as Officer Commanding of two prominent AF Hospitals and Principal Medical Officer of Headquarters Western Air Command. He is presently holding the appointment of Director of Medical Services at Air Headquarters.

As Commanding Officer of Command Hospital at Bangalore his professional and systematic approach earned him a high reputation and esteem from the medical staff as well as from the patients. His administrative and organising ability raised the efficiency of the hospital to a very high standard.

As Principal Medical Officer, Western Air Command, by virtues of his dynamic .leadership and professional competence of a vary high order, he brought about visible improvements in preventable diseases, high standard of hygiene and sanitation and efficient working of maternity and child welfare centres at every station in the Command. He also ensured that the medical staff were closely involved in flight safety programmes of the Air Force. His meticulous planning, deep personal involvement and result oriented approach led to significant improvement in the optimum use of existing medical facilities.

By his devotion to duty, professional acumen and administrative abilities, he has set a worthy example for other medical officers to emulate. Air Marshal Puran Singh Bajwa has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19850126

Additional Notes

Remarks: Quarterly Database Update Note added: 0000-00-00
Air Marshal Puran Singh Bajwa, passed away on November 30, 2009. BY Parminder Kaur Dhillon daughter
Remarks: Obituary Note added: 2017-11-01
Air Marshal Puran Singh Bajwa, PVSM (retired)October 25, 1925-November 30, 2009Dr. Bajwa was born at his maternal grandparents home at Chak 94, Toba Tek Singh, Tehsil, District Lyallpur, India on October 25, 1925 to his parents, Captain Kartar Singh and Narinder Kaur (ne Cheema).Pursuing his lifelong dream to become a physician, Dr. Bajwa joined King Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1942. He married Harvant Kaur (ne Dhindsa) on September 28, 1945. As a result of the withdrawal of the British from India, the partition of India took place in August 1947. Dr. Bajwa had to leave his medical studies and walk with his large family in a caravan of over a million people to East Punjab. Untold hundreds of thousands or more lost their lives in this process and the Bajwas witnessed unspeakable civil strife during their forced relocation.Dr. Bajwa was able to finish his medical studies and pass his final M.B.B.S. exam from Amritsar Medical College in 1948. He completed his senior house job (residency) at Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Amritsar.As with many members of his family before him and after, Dr. Bajwa joined the Indian Army in September 1948 as a Lieutenant, and then transferred to the Indian Air Force after one month. Dr. Bajwa's final promotion was to the rank of Air Marshal (a three-star general rank) in October 1984 as Director, Medical Services of the Indian Air Force, which is the highest military rank available to physician officers. During his final postings in Delhi Dr. Bajwa was an honorary physician to the President of India. He retired as Air Marshal in 1985. Air Marshal Bajwa received India's Param Vashist Seva Medal in January 1985. The P.V.S.M. award is India's highest military decoration for distinguished peacetime service.Dr. Bajwa and his wife, Harvant Kaur, spend more time with their two daughters, Parminder Kaur and her husband Dr. Tejpal Singh Dhillon (of Raleigh, North Carolina) and Satinder Kaur and her husband Dr. Daljit Singh Caberwal, of Asheboro, North Carolina. Air Marshal Bajwa was also noted throughout his career for his dignity and his proud practice of the Sikh faith, serving as an inspiration to many generations of military personnel who followed him. In his retirement, the advanced study and practice of Sikhism and teaching it to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was Dr. Bajwa's chief pursuit in life. As a physician, highly decorated military officer, and community leader Dr. Bajwa literally touched tens of thousands of lives and made a lasting impact on the lives of many people.Dr. Bajwa survived four of his of his brothers.