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Air Vice Marshal Surendra Sahney

Service No & Branch 3860 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 10 Dec 1926 Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1981 Superannuated Died on 20 May 2018 (92 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Apr 1951Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Sqn Ldr : 15 Apr 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 31 Jul 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1976Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976
Acting AVM : 19 Mar 1979AVM : 01 Oct 1979
Training and Other Courses Attended
16 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Mar 196315 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1975
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 Sep 1966 - 31 May 1968Wg CdrParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1968 - 01 Jul 1970Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
08 Nov 1971 - 01 Jun 1975Gp CaptDte Agri AviationDelhi Dy Director
02 Jun 1975 - 06 Jan 1976Gp CaptDte Agri AviationDelhi Director
07 Jan 1976 - 18 Mar 1979Air CmdeDte Agri AviationDelhi Director
19 Mar 1979 - 31 May 1980AVMDte Agri AviationDelhi Director
01 Jun 1980 - 06 Feb 1981AVMPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel
07 Feb 1981 - 31 Dec 1981AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff 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: Note added: 2018-05-20
Air Vice Marshall Surendra Sahni, an epitome of perseverance and wisdom, has been aninspiration to all of us at the Development Alternatives Group and to a multitude of those whocame in contact with him on a professional and personal basis. He was the founder of theBundelkhand Programme of the Development Alternatives Group. He worked extensively onrejuvenation of degraded lands, and pioneered one of the first integrated watershedmanagement 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 comeback to life and lives of thousands of farmers improve.Born on 10th December 1926, at Jhansi, AVM. S. Sahni did his graduation from Banaras HinduUniversity in 1947, and joined the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force the same year. Aftera distinguished flying service with the Indian Air Force, he was deputed as the Director ofAgriculture Aviation to the Ministry of Agriculture from June 1975 to June 1980. Having servedthere for five years, he took premature retirement in December 1981 to devote himselfwholeheartedly to rural development. He joined Development Alternatives in January 1986and established the Bundelkhand Centre at Jhansi. The first project he undertook was in 1987to green two denuded hillocks measuring approx. 238 acres on either side of Datia town, whichhe developed into good pasture lands. The second project undertaken was involved ingreening the Semai and Sindhwani villages of Datia. Some other predominant worksundertaken by him involved soil and moisture conservation, enrichment of soils by tropicallegumes, propagating neem cultivation and fodder for livestock support. He was instrumentalin the construction of over 100 small and medium check dams on the nalas & streams, bringingwater to the parched villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He is fondly rememberedas Chacha Sahni by his Air Force and DA colleagues.

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