Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the year 1977


A total of 14 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 14 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Dharmalingam Kalyana Sundaram 3726 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Dharamalingam Kalyana Sundaram (3726) Administrative joined the Indian Air Force in the ranks in April, 1943. With his brilliance and hard work he became a Warrant Officer in the incredibly short space of 4½ years. As a Warrant Officer he acquitted himself in an admirable manner which resulted in his commissioning on 26th January 1950,

As a Commissioned Officer, Wing Commander Sundaram was employed on varied administrative assignments where he displayed initiative, tact, drive and devotion to duty of a high calibre. By his outstanding organising ability and sound planning, his tactful handling of intricate situations, he earned the appreciation and admiration of his superiors and juniors alike He accepted additional tasks cheerfully and carried them out with great zeal and efficiency. His outstanding performance as Officer Commanding Headquarters Training Command (Unit) was commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command, Indian Air Force on 26th January 1972

In May 1972 Wing Commander Sundaram was specially selected to take over the duties of the Deputy Director Pay Commission Cell at Air Headquarters On 11th February, 1974 when the post of Director of this Cell was abolished, the sole task of processing Air Force case with the Government was entrusted to Wing Commander Sundaram. During the entire period Wing Commander Sundararm was thus engaged, he made a significant contribution towards speedy finalisation of the new pay/pension scales for officers and airmen. He was able to carry out this task most successfully because of his background knowledge of intricate matters and rules and regulations relating to service conditions of Armed Forces personnel and commendable capacity for sustained hard work. He continues his efforts with the same zeal in his present assignment as the Deputy Director of Pay Pension and Regulations which he took over on 1st June, 1975.

For his brilliance, zeal, professional competence, infinite capacity for hard work and dedication to the service which goes far beyond the call of normal duty. Wing Commander Dhararmalingam Kalyana Sundaram is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Prem Nath Mehra 3976 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Prem Nath Mehra (3976) Logistic was commissioned in the Logistics Branch in 1950 and during his 26 years of service has held a variety of responsible appointments both at home and abroad.

After successfully completing the long management course at the Institute of Defence Management, Wing Commander Mehra took over command of an important Equipment Depot in September, 1973. Throughout the period of his command, Wing Commander Mehra has applied himself to his duties with a very great sense of responsibility and dedication, and by his skilful management brought about a remarkable improvement m the support services for the overhaul of old and obsolescent aircraft of the Air Force. As a result of his efficient management and total involvement, the Depot has reached an effective support rate of no less than 98%, by far the highest ever achieved by any Depot, In addition, by close and effective liaison with Air India, he ensured that the overhaul tasks allotted to that Agency for 1975-76 were fully accomplished. This effort is all the more commendable when viewed in the context of the economy achieved by him in procurement expenditure. His inventory management has been so sound that, despite the global escalation of cost, he was able to actually cut down the annual expenditure on spares procurement from Rs 3.48 crores to Rs 1.75 crores in 1975-76.

For his devotion to duty, professional competence, skilful management and hard work. Wing Commander Prem Nath Mehra is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Srish Chandra Basu 4702 AE(L)Unit : DRDO  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Srish Chandra Basu 4702) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1954. He joined Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence in 1970 as Squadron Leader and was put in-charge of Mechanical Engineering Group of a unit dealing with Microwave communications. He was personally responsible for establishing various facilities in the unit workshop and setting up high standard of workmanship by workshop personnel and Drawing Section personnel at various levels. He was also personally responsible for building up expertise in the unit in O.C. welding of Aluminum and plating of alumi num, with extremely limited facilities. The final products which have resulted from the Workshop under his leadership as well as the mechanical drawing of the hardware prep ared under his guidance have received appreciation from important Public Sector undertakings. He has made substantial personal contribution in evolving the mecha nical design of High Power Amplifier and in the evaluation of various sub-assemblies in low power which is accepted for production.

Apart from his technical capabilities, which in themselves are quite impressive, the most remarkable characteristic of Wing Commander Basu is his capacity and patience to understand and execute hundreds of changes/modifications/improvements, requested by various engineers developing various items.

For his high technical capability in Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, exceptional devotion to duty, sustained drive and enthusiasm to accomplish difficult tasks. Wing Commander Srish Chandra Basu is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Nippani Lakshmi Narayana Rao 4837 F(P)Unit : Air Force Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Nipani Lakshmi Narayana Rao (4837) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of Air Force Academy with effect from April 1973 as Chief Operation Officer. During 1974, Wing Commander Nipani Lakshmi Narayana Rao was called upon to take over the duties of Chief Flying Instructor Harvard Training Squadron in addition to the Chief Operation Officer's duties in the absence of a regular incumbent on the establishment of Air Force Academy. These two appointments jointly placed lot of responsibilities on him. It was due to his devotion to duty, hard work and perseverance that not only the flying training task was completed in time, he himself did 400 hors of supervisory instructional flying during this period. Wing Commander Nipani Lakshmi Narayana Rao has done over 6000 hours of service flying out of which 2000 hours are instructional.

Wing Commander Nipani Lakshmi Narayana Rao was also entrusted with various welfare responsibilities at the Air Force Academy which he performed in an excellent manner. The results produced by him were only possible due to his high sense of responsibility, devotion to duty, integrity and working long hours with single mindedness of purpose without caring for personal comforts.

For his distinguished service of a very high order, Wing Commander Nipani Lakshmi Narayana Rao is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Chandra Mohan Khorana 4946 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Khorana as Deputy Director at Air Headquarters since October 1971, has been responsible for the planning and processing of a Radar project. He has shouldered responsibility of a very high degree and has applied himself with exemplary energy and earnest enthusiasm. In this challenging task, he has displayed very high caliber of professional competence and resourcefulness. He has carried out critical studies and analysis of system requirements, specifications of imported and indigenous equipment with a view to find cost effective solution for meeting operational requirements and has made valuable contributions. His study and recommendations on the power supply configurations for the Project has resulted in most cost effective and highly reliable Power Supply System. Wing Com mander Khorana has also been responsible for the integration of modern IFF Ground System with existing radars and in guiding the development Computer Based Data Handling System of future radars for the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Vijayalakshmi Thirupunathura Narayana Iyer 4971 MEDUnit : CAFH  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander (Mrs.) Vijay Lakshmi Ramanan (4971) was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on 22nd August, 1955 and was seconded to the Air Force with effect from the same day.

Since 1956 to date she has served as a Gynecologist in almost all the Air Force Hospitals. She was posted to Air Force Hospital, Bangalore with effect from 1st May, 1968 as Senior Gynecologist and Obstetrician in the Family Wing of the hospital. Families Wing of the Air Force Hospital Bangalore is very heavily worked section of the hospital. More often than not Wing Commander (Mrs.) Ramanan has looked after this section single handed as a gynecologist. She has acquired commendable degree of skill and has handled the work of this section most admirably. To achieve this she has been on call every night and every holiday and Sundays without caring for personal comforts.

She has taken special interest in family planning work and guided the lady doctors of the defence installation in Bangalore to accelerate the pace of the task in hand. She has set apart special period weekly for undertaking sterilization thus achieving the figures far beyond the targets.

For he single minded devotion to duty and organizing medical services for ladies and children of the defence services personnel attending Air Force Hospital, Bangalore, Wing Commander (Mrs.) Vijay Lakshmi Ramanan is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Srinivasa Krishnamurthy 5399 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Srinivasa Krishnamurthy (5399) was commissioned in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch of the Indian Air Force in May 1957. He has been commanding a Base Repair Depot, since June. 1975, Immediately on taking over the Base Repair Depot, Wing Commander Krishnamurthy applied himself to the task of increasing the production by setting personal example of enthusiasm and dedication to his officers, airmen and civilian workers. The results of these efforts were obvious when within a few months the production almost doubled.

During the previous years one of the reasons of low production was lack of spares. Wing Commander Krishnamurthy got ever this problem by resorting to local repairs and manufacture and by introducing modifications. He also utilized the spares worth lakhs of rupees, which had been classified 'inactive'. He also motivated the workers to do maximum work beyond the prescribed working hours without claiming Over Time Allowance or compensatory off.

For his exceptional skill, organising ability and dedication to duty, Wing Commander Srinivasa Krishnamurthy is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Hamid Muhammed Shahul 5461 F(N)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Hamid Mohamed Shahul (5461) was commissioned in Flying Branch (Navigator) of the Indian Air Force in December, 1957. He was posted to Directorate of Operations (Transport and Maritime) Air Headquarters in November, 1971. Considering his background and maritime experience, he was attached to Eastern Naval Command during the 1971 operations with Pakistan to assist the Air Force Commander in planning and execution of all maritime operations.

As Assistant Director Maritime Operations, Squadron Leader Shahul has worked extremely hard in preparing the policies and training schedules of maritime forces that have been earmarked to undertake maritime operations. This has largely contributed to the operational preparedness of the maritime forces. Squadron Leader Shahul has also been associated with the selection of a suitable maritime aircraft for our country.

Squadron Leader Shahul has flown total of 5534 hours. He has been graded "Exceptional" in flying assessment since 1965. He has held responsible appointment as Squadron Training Officer and Air Force Examiner, himself holding 'A' category on transport and his maritime operations.

By his dedication to work, cheerful disposition and professional discipline, he has set an example which is in the highest tradition of our service and worthy of emulation by others. For displaying very high flying skill, operational performance and capability and rendering distinguished service of a very high order, Squadron Leader (now Wing Commander) Hamid Mohamed Shahul is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Manmohan Waman Desai 5524 ACCTUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Commander Manmohan Waman Desai (5524) was commissioned in Accounts Branch of the Indian Air Force in June 1958. He had been working in the Western Air Command Accounts Section from September, 1973 to February, 1976. During his stay in the Command he had been dealing with cash audit objections, pay and allowances budget and funds. His professional competence and analytical approach to problems have been instrumental in providing proper guidance to the units on accounting matters. His initiative zeal and enthusiasm have resulted in the achievement of tasks and targets set by Air Headquarters. Unmindful of personal inconvenience he has worked long hours with a single minded purpose to ensure prompt and efficient accounting services and guidance to the units. He had also established an effective rapport with all the sections at Command Headquarters thus achieving a high degree of cooperation and coordination.

Squadron Leader Desai was also the Officer in-charge Canteen during his stay in the Command. He had streamlined the working of the Canteen and by his initiative and hard work was able to provide efficient canteen services to all the personnel when scarcity and high prices prevailed in the civil markets. This had kept the morale of the men high.

For his outstanding devotion to duty, dedicated hard work, extreme reliability and professional capability, Squadron Leader Manmohan Waman Desai is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Jayanta Keshari Ray Barman 5736 LGSUnit : 27 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Jayanta Keshari Ray Barman (5737) was commissioned in Logistic Branch of the Indian Air Force in May, 1959. He took over command of an Equipment Depot in May, 1971. The Depot is established to store and maintain only 275 vehicles for the Air Force, but the number of vehicles held by the Depot has been increasing steadily and now it is storing nearly 600 vehicles. Thus the Depot has for quite sometime now been handling a workload more than twice for which it was established without any significant increase in manpower.

Inspite of heavy workload and shortage of manpower Squadron Leader Barman has met all the tasks assigned to him. By an intelligent application of the new Managerial Techniques, he has effectively reduced the time taken in inspecting and completing all the formalities involved in the issue of the new vehicles. By developing effective liaison with the railways, vehicles allotted out are pushed out at a much faster rate than before. Squadron Leader Barman has thus reduced the turn-around time of the Mechanical Transport vehicles which now reach the Air Force Units much faster than before.

Squadron Leader Barman has achieved these results through his imaginative leadership and successful man-management. His own sustained hard work till late in the evenings has been an inspiration to his subordinates. For his distinguished service of high order Squadron Leader Jayanta Keshari Ray Barman is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Bapu Raghavendra Rao Madhava Rao 5944 AE(M)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Bapu Raghavaendrarao Madhava Rao (5944) was commissioned in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of the Indian Air Force in June, 1960. He was posted to a nucleus unit, which was set up to raise a new base repair depot for a supersonic fighter bomber aircraft in April, 1974. He was entrusted with the task of setting up facilities for the overhaul of 492 different types of rotables.

Having chalked out his plans to the last detail. Squadron Leader Rao started executing the task while the building construction and other civil engineering works were still in progress. In a record time of eight months, the rotables repair shops were ready for commissioning. When the nucleus unit was designated as a full-fledged base repair depot, the shops were already established to undertake internal and external repair tasks. This achievement enabled the depot to induct aircraft for overhaul within three months of its formation and to deliver the first over hauled aircraft to an operational squadron in less than seven months from the date of induction.

Subsequently, the rotables overhaul shops have fully met the requirement of other aircraft inducted for medium repair within an ambitious timeframe set for the assembly stage. Over and above meeting these commitments, the Depot made special efforts to clear 278 'Aircraft On Ground' demands of the operating squadrons with in the year 1975-76, although no firm task was placed on the Depot.

The contributions made by Squadron Leader (Now Wing Commander) Bapu Raghavendrarao Madhava Rao towards these achievements are commendable. For his professional competence, sincerity of purpose, loyalty to service and managerial ability, he is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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MWO Waryam Singh 396933 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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396933 Master Warrant Officer Waryam Singh, Fitter 1 was enrolled in the Air Force in July, 1944. For the past 8 years he has been continuously working in front-line fighter squadrons. Between May, 1968-70, he was employed in an Operational Type-training Squadron where he made a significant contribution to training of pilots and ground crew. He took active part and creditable part in 1971 conflict with Pakistan in the Western Sector, when as Warrant Officer in-charge of the Repair and Servicing Section of a fighter squadron he was largely responsible for providing consistent and valuable maintenance support.

In March, 1975, Master Warrant Officer Waryam Singh was posted to a new front line squadron. The Squadron at that time was in very early stages of re-equipment. When the second-line servicing for the new Squadron was required to be set up in June, 1975, the task was entrusted to this Master Warrant Officer. It is to his credit that with very little guidance due to acute shortage of qualified officers, he set about organizing the maintenance facilities with enthusiasm and drive and achieved commendable results in record time. Very soon the second line servicing was functioning, in an organised, competent and professional manner.

In November, 1975, Master Warrant Officer Waryam Singh was assigned the duties and responsibilities of the Daily Servicing Section of the Squadron when maintenance lapses had led to a ground accident. He more than justified this confidence in him, and with improved maintenance activities of the Daily Servicing Section, this Squadron has consistently exceeded its flying task every month without any accident/incident.

Master Warrant Officer Waryam Singh has been responsible for not only establishing and functioning of efficient repair and servicing/ Daily Servicing Sections of his Squadron, but also of training of personnel under him in correct technical practices and general service behaviour. He has always placed service before self in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force. Throughout, Master Warrant Officer Waryam Singh has consistently displayed outstanding professional ability, dynamic drive, organizing ability and dedication to duty and rendered distinguished service of the highest order. He is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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JWO Balbir Singh Kalsi 218838 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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218838 Junior Warrant Officer Balbir Singh Kalsi, Fitter II Engine was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December, 1954. He has been on the posted strength of a Dakota Squadron since December, 1973. Immediately on his arrival, he was entrusted with the task of Senior Non-Commissioned Officer incharge engine trade at Central Repair & Servicing Section of his Station.

From the outset he maintained very meticulous and exacting standards. The aging Dakota aircraft and its engines need constant attention to meet its increasing servicing problems. His capability of speedy analysis of snags and correct rectifications contributed largely towards saving time, material and manpower. When aircraft have been stranded at out stations/detachments due to unserviceability he has shown spontaneous willingness to execute the job even at great personal inconvenience. He also has been largely instrumental in recovery of aircraft which have been on 'AOG' for a long time.

To meet the wide range of work under strict constraints of flight safety, the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer not only consistently supervised, directed and coordinated the activities of other airmen but himself also worked on the floor as junior tradesman. His sincere unflinching devotion to duty, cheerful acceptance of rigorous working under difficult conditions and ceaseless efforts have resulted in substantial increase in aircraft serviceability and has provided magnificent example and inspiration to all other airmen of the Squadron, Junior Warrant Officer Balbir Singh Kalsi has shown extraordinary skill initiative, super visory capabilities and dedication to duty, for which he is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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JWO Kaushlender Sasan 222499 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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222499 Junior Warrant Officer Kaushlender Sasan, Fitter II Airframe-was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in March, 1957. He was posted to his present fighter Squadron in June, 1975. He has been working as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in-charge Airframe trade in the Squadron Daily Servicing Section as well as the Central Repair and Servicing Section since then. During this period this Senior Non-Commissioned Officer has displayed a very high sense of duty, exceptional professional knowledge and rare devotion to his job.

When special checks were ordered on the type of aircraft flown by his Squadron, he rose to the occasion organised the men under him, worked round the clock and, put the aircraft in the air in the shortest possible time. A number of modifications were carried out under his expert guidance. He, also, helped and assisted Central Repair and Servicing Section in forming centralised hydraulic servicing bay, crack detection bay and a number of other servicing bays.

There was no accident or incident in his Squadron during the period June, 1975 to June, 1976. Flight Sergeant Sasan takes the major credit for this rare distinction in terms of flight safety.

For his unflinching loyalty, perseverance, exceptional devotion to duty and outstanding service. Junior Warrant Officer Kaushlender Sasan is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

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