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Air Marshal Pran Nath Bajaj

Service No 6392 Branch AE(M)
Date of Birth: 05 Jul 1940
Date Commissioned 01 Dec 1961 Course 19 DEO Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 2000
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 08 Jul 1981Air Cmde : 02 Feb 1990Acting AVM : 31 May 1993AVM : 31 Dec 1993
Air Marshal : 01 Feb 1996
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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

04 Jan 1990 - 21 Apr 1991Air CmdeAir Force Technical CollegeJalahalli Commandant
22 Apr 1991 - Air CmdeAFS JalahalliBengaluru Air Officer Commanding
31 May 1993 - 31 Jan 1994AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Engineering B
01 Feb 1994 - AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
- 31 Jul 2000Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General Radar & Communication Project Office
01 Nov 1995 - 31 May 1997Air MshlMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPran Nath Bajaj6392 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Air Marshal PN Bajaj was commissioned on 01 Dec 61 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. A post­graduate in Industrial Management from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, he is also an alumnus of National Defence College.

Air Vice Marshal PN Bajaj has held appointments as Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter Wing, Commandant Air Force Technical College, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jalahalli, Command Engineering Officer at HQ Western Air Command (WAG) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (ACAS) Eng 'B' at Air HQ.

As ACAS Eng 'B' he meticulously planned setting up of the overhaul facilities for Mirage aircraft and its engines. The Air Officer was appointed Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ WAC in Feb 94. He is responsible for technical and logistics management and support of entire WAC. He has been able to discharge his responsibilities competently and effectively, surpassing laid down targets for aircraft availability during all major and minor operational exercises and all round enhancement of operational capability without compromising flight safety.

Air Marshal Pran Nath Bajaj has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19960126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPran Nath Bajaj6392 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 2000Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Air Marshal Pran Nath Bajaj AVSM (6392) AE (M) was commissioned on 01 Dec 1961 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. In a career spanning 38 years, the officer has served with distinction at various operational units, Base Repair Depots and in DRDO. He served as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (SMSO) at HQ Western Air Command and HQ Maintenance Command and as ACAS Eng B at Air HQs. During the years 1990-91he commanded the Air Force Technical College and Air Force Station Jalahalli, one of the largest station in the IAF. In 1970-71, he completed his post graduation studies from Indian Institute of Science with highest possible grades. He is the alumnus of National Defence College and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

He did pioneering work at Base Repair Depots in the field of Operation Research relating to problem of production lines, resulting in smooth flow of output and enhanced product ion. As SMSO of Western Air Command he reworked in the War Maintenance plans and instructions to make them more responsive to the needs of the Operation plan. For these efforts and other achievements in the filed of aircraft serviceability and availability, institution of a large number of maintenance safety measures and efficient logistics management, he was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in the year 1996.

As SMSO Maintenance Command during the years 1995-97, his scientific approach to production planning and effective organizational skills were mainly responsible for BRDs to meeting their enhanced task without additional manpower resources. He effectively supervised the various studies on calendar life extension of various aircraft, which resulted in extending their operational 1ife.

Presently as Director General, Radar & Communications project Office, he has introduced many conceptual level organisational and procedural changes to ensure effective project Management. A mechanism for effective interaction with the user, suppliers and other related agencies has also been put in place. These have led to better achievement of project objectives within the constraints of resources and, time frames.

Air Marshal Pran Nath Bajaj AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20000126