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Air Marshal Shashikumar Samuel Ramdas

Service No 4930 Branch AE(M)
Date of Birth: 17 Oct 1933
Date Commissioned 04 Apr 1955 Course 10 DEO Course
Service End Retired on 01 Nov 1990
Remarks : CMD, Indian Airlines. Trained and qualified as a pilot, and flown fighters, transports and helicopters
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1975Acting Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1979Gp Capt : 28 Jun 1980Acting Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1983
Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1983AVM : 01 Feb 1986Air Marshal : 08 May 1989
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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

28 Jul 1981 - 20 Aug 1982Gp Capt5 Base Repair DepotSulur CO
01 Jan 1986 - 08 May 1989AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi SMSO
09 May 1989 - 01 Nov 1990Air MshlMaintenance CommandNagpur SMSO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrShashikumar Samuel Ramdas4930 TECHAward Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Squadron Leader Shashikumar Samuel Ram das has been working as the Engineering Officer of a testing unit since February 1966. He has also put in over 150 hours of flying. It was entirely due to his initiative, hard work and supervision that ground equipment was fabricated and servicing schedules were made out for a new type of aircraft in the unit. This in turn enabled the unit to continue flight tests, as a result of which recommendations for a substantial number of modifications and improvements could be made. He also carried out a close study of the ground equipment supplied by M/s. H. A.L. and made valuable recommendations regarding its re-design. It is because of his unfailing efforts that the ground equipment which will now go into service will be a vast improvement on the one initially supplied by the manufacturers. Squadron Leader Ramdas was also responsible for carrying out various systems assessments on the type. Here, he not only applied his knowledge as an engineering officer but also as a pilot, with the result that once again recommendations made by him when introduced will make servicing of the aircraft easier.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Shashikumar Samuel Ramdas displayed exceptional devotion to duty, initiative and professional skill.

Unit : A&ATU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrShashikumar Samuel Ramdas4930 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Reference : Gazette of India, No. 85-Pres/72., dated 22nd June 1972
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeShashikumar Samuel Ramdas4930 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalShashikumar Samuel Ramdas4930 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1991Announced 26 Jan 1991
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Additional Notes

Remarks: by SS Ramdas Note added: 2017-09-13
Post IAF Career (1990 onwards)
Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines (1990-91)
Concurrently, Chairman and Managing Director of Vayudoot Ltd (1990-91)
Director on Board of Directors of Air-India (1990-91)
Member on Board of National Airports Authority (NAA) (1990-91)
Member on Board of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Akademi (IGRUA) (1990-91)
Aviation and Engineering Consultant (1992-2014)
Member on Boards of Directors of various Companies (1993-2003)
Director on Board of Blue Dart Express Ltd (Chairman since 2004) (1994-2007)
Arbitrator on an International Arbitration Tribunal (aviation related) (1997-2001)
Member of Civil Aviation Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (1999-2008)
Chairman of NGO involved with Deceased Donor Human Organ Transplants (2002-2013)