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Air Vice Marshal Surendra Sahney

Service No 3860 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Dec 1926
Date Commissioned 15 Apr 1950 Course 51 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 1981 / Died on 20 May 2018
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967Acting Gp Capt : 31 Jul 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1972
Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1976Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976Acting AVM : 19 Mar 1979AVM : 01 Oct 1979
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- Wg CdrParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Officer Commanding
01 Jun 1968 - 01 Jul 1970Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptSurendra Sahney3860 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Surendra Sahney has been closely associated with planning of Transport Support Operations in the Eastern Sector, training of paratroopers and examining IAF aircrew. He has flown nearly 5,000 hours on various types of aircraft, of which 2,000 hours have been on instructional sorties and 700 hours on operational flying over hazardous terrain. During 1965­66 in the Eastern Sector, he organised the airlift of supplies and evacuation of casualties with great success. He also arranged transport support operations in the Mizo Hills and was responsible for selection of many Dropping Zones in use today. As Officer Commanding the Paratroopers Training School, he was instrumental in introducing night formation flying on transport aircraft for the first time In the Indian Air Force. As Officer Commanding the Aircrew Examining Board, he set a high standard in examining aircrew.

Throughout, Wing Commander Surendra Sahney displayed professional skill and devotional to duty.

Unit : AEB
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971

Additional Notes

Remarks: devalt.org Note added: 2018-05-20
Air Vice Marshall Surendra Sahni, an epitome of perseverance and wisdom, has been an inspiration to all of us at the Development Alternatives Group and to a multitude of those who came in contact with him on a professional and personal basis. He was the founder of the Bundelkhand Programme of the Development Alternatives Group. He worked extensively on rejuvenation of degraded lands, and pioneered one of the first integrated watershed management initiatives of India, in the semi-arid and poverty stricken Central Indian Region. It was his immense passion, perseverance and knowledge that saw the degraded land come back to life and lives of thousands of farmers improve. Born on 10th December 1926, at Jhansi, AVM. S. Sahni did his graduation from Banaras Hindu University in 1947, and joined the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force the same year. After a distinguished flying service with the Indian Air Force, he was deputed as the Director of Agriculture Aviation to the Ministry of Agriculture from June 1975 to June 1980. Having served there for five years, he took premature retirement in December 1981 to devote himself wholeheartedly to rural development. He joined Development Alternatives in January 1986 and established the Bundelkhand Centre at Jhansi. The first project he undertook was in 1987 to green two denuded hillocks measuring approx. 238 acres on either side of Datia town, which he developed into good pasture lands. The second project undertaken was involved in greening the Semai and Sindhwani villages of Datia. Some other predominant works undertaken by him involved soil and moisture conservation, enrichment of soils by tropical legumes, propagating neem cultivation and fodder for livestock support. He was instrumental in the construction of over 100 small and medium check dams on the nalas & streams, bringing water to the parched villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He is fondly remembered as Chacha Sahni by his Air Force and DA colleagues.