COL. GYAN PRAKASH MISRA (RETD.)
IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd.
Over two decades of hands on experience in Operations, Human Resource and Logistics Management across a varied spectrum
About Col. Gyan Prakash Misra
- Notable achievements during stint in the Indian Army
- Headed administration and logistics branch of a formation consisting of 18,000 troops deployed over 13,500 sq. km. area. Functions included entire spectrum of logistics from budgeting to provisioning.
- Commanded an Infantry Battalion consisting of 850 personnel, on Line of Control. Job included training, administration, welfare, logistics, operations and career progression of personnel placed under command.
- Selected for deputation to United Nations, as Mission Personnel Officer. Responsibilities included HR, welfare and human rights aspects.
- Selected and appointed as an Instructor at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun where potential leadership of Indian Army is trained.
- Awarded 'Sena Medal' for Distinguished Service and a 'Commendation Card' for Gallantry.
- AMIE (Civil), Institution of Engineers, Kolkata
- MSc. (Defence & Strategic Studies), University of Madras
- PGDM (Finance & Strategy), IIM Lucknow
Industry in Focus
Strategy, HR, Training, Business Development (as Defence Production industry is opening to the private sector)
After pre-commission training, which is four years in case of NDA (National Defence Academy), one and a half years for Combined Defence Services (CDS - Permanent Commission) and nine months for CDS (Short Service Commission), an officer is commissioned as Lieutenant/ Sub Lieutenant/ Flying Officer in Army/ Navy/ Air Force, respectively. Subsequently, till the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Army) and equivalent in Navy and Air Force, promotions are time bound (13 years). For Colonels and above, promotions are through selection boards with about 40 to 50 percent success rate, depending on the number of vacancies.
People often think that a person in Defence services is always under trying circumstances, just doing physical training and drill all the times. However, on ground routine is very different. Apart from keeping physically fit, one deals with plethora of files and a lot of written work. Promotion exams and Defence Services Staff Course can drive one crazy, studying and preparing hard. There is a lot of brain storming, etc. which helps a person develop logical thinking. Field tenures are balanced against the peace tenures, and troop oriented postings against staff duty oriented postings. One also stands a fair chance of going abroad for courses and on postings.
One has to deal with Operations, HR, Training and Logistics related issues in day-to-day functioning. It is a Class I service, which offers a classical mix of a tough and challenging career with unmatched quality of life.
10+2 for NDA exam and graduation for CDS
Good Institutes To Study At
Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Military schools and Sainik schools. However, others are equally eligible and stand an equal chance.
Remember the saying - A person who is a good leader today must have been an obedient soldier in the past.
- Positive attitude
- Mental robustness
- High EQ
- Liking for a disciplined life
- Sporting attitude
- Team playing skills
Average Salary Range
Salaries are as per central government scales. It shall suffice to say that a Lieutenant gets a higher pay than a newly inducted IAS officer.
CTC (cost to government) of a Colonel works out to Rs. 25 lakhs per annum approximately.
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One can make a mark in this career. It is highly satisfying as what you do in armed forces is something unimaginable in the outside world. Starting from soldiering to going around the world in a sail boat to participating in Antarctica expeditions to climbing Mt. Everest to being an Ambassador and Governor after retirement, one can play many roles in one's service career.
Besides, the corporate sector is now realising the worth of officers from the armed forces and there are very good job prospects post retirement/ pre-mature retirement/ short service commission. There are numerous opportunities in the areas of operations, logistics, HR, etc. For example,
- Col. Ajay Sharma, Principal Consultant, TCS e-Governance
- Col. Bhaskar, CEO, Coromondal Energy
- Col. Gyan Prakash Misra, AVP (Operations), IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd.
- Lt. Col. Jatinder Salwan, AVP (HR), Mphasis
Disclaimer: Views expressed by the author are personal