Presidential Colours Awarded to Defence College

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the Presidential Colours to the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

The award of Presidential Colours is a befitting tribute to the eternal spirit of this great institution.

The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is an inter-service institution of the Ministry of Defence.

It trains officers of the all three Indian Armed Forces which are the (Navy, Army, Air Force) and officers from friendly foreign countries for command and staff appointments.

One of the oldest military institutions in India, it was founded in 1905 as the Army Staff college in Deolali (near Bombay), and then re-located to Quetta (now Pakistan). After the partition of India and Pakistan, the Indian operations relocated to its present home in Wellington Cantonment in The Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India.

The list of alumni includes:

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
Sitiveni Rabuka OBE, MSD, OStJ, 3rd Prime Minister of Fiji
Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari, Former Military Head of State, Nigeria
Hans-Christoph Ammon, Head of German special forces
R. N. Malhotra, Former governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
Lt. Gen. Zorawar Chand Bakshi PVSM, MVC, VrC, VSM