Lt. Gen. Dr. Ravindra Singh Panwar
M.Tech.,1988, and Ph.D.,1992, Computer Science & Engineering

Lt. Gen. Dr. Ravindra Singh Panwar is a Commandant at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow and Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals. For more than three decades, Lt. Gen. Dr. Panwar has commanded important army units and formations in field as well as peace, dealing with communications, electronic warfare, signal intelligence and logistics. He was also the Head of the Department of Telematics at the MCTE, Mhow for two years, and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 101 Area, the prestigious formation which was the first to enter Dacca (now Dhaka) during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, and which is now responsible for logistic and security related roles in the seven North Eastern states as well as on the Bangladesh Border.

Lt. Gen. Dr. Panwar received his M.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1992 from IIT Bombay. He did his Master of Management Science from Osmania University and is also a graduate of the National Defence College Course in New Delhi.

A third-generation army man, Lt. Gen. Dr. Panwar was awarded the prestigious ‘Vishisht Seva’ Medal by the President of India as well as a cash award by the Department of Defence Production, in 1991 for his M.Tech. Project on ‘Data Concentrator – an operationally critical packet switching equipment’, sponsored by the Army for deployment in mobile tactical networks, performed under the guidance of Prof. S. Arunkumar, CSE Department. This resulted in the unique accomplishment of a formal transfer of technology from IIT Bombay to M/s Bharat Electronics and set a perfect example of Academia-Industry partnership. He has been credited with several significant enhancements in army wide area networks aimed towards ushering in a network centric environment in the highly active operational environment in J&K, and was consequently awarded the Sena Medal (Distinguished) by the President of India in 2013.

He has received Ministry of Defence (Defence Production) 40th Anniversary of Independence – Cash Award; Chief of Army Staff and Army Anniversary of Commander’s Commendation Cards, and has been awarded Dr. Deepak K. Merchant Memorial Prize by IIT Bombay for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in 1992.

Lt. Gen. Dr. Panwar likes singing, playing musical instrument (Synthesizer), 3D modeling, photo processing, sketching and writing short stories etc. in his spare time. He is also fond of adventure activities like microlight flying, white water rafting and scuba diving.

Special Memories

Since I was staying in Colaba, I had to travel three and a half hours daily by train, bus and on foot, to attend M.Tech. classes at the Institute. For my M.Tech. project (Data Concentrator), I remember working long hours in a room co-located with CSE Computer Lab, surrounded by a mix of computer and Army equipments, exploiting the power of a little known real-time operating system (iRMX-286), with frequent, intense interactions with my two guides Prof. S. Arunkumar and Dr. Rakesh Lal. It was an unforgettable experience, which was duly rewarded with crowning success in the end.