Military’s higher learning facility named after Manekshaw

June 30th, 2008 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) An upcoming state-of-the-art multi-facility centre for higher military learning at the Delhi Cantonment here has been renamed the “Manekshaw Centre” in memory of former Indian Army chief Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw who died Friday, it was announced here Monday. “We have decided to rename the Param Vir Complex being constructed at the entrance to Delhi Cantonment as Manekshaw Centre in memory of the iconic military leader,” Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor said Monday.

He was speaking to reporters after signing a condolence book opened at the India Gate war memorial to the Unknown Soldier to enable the people pay their respects to Manekshaw.

The Manekshaw Centre will house facilities to conduct seminars, workshops and conferences on strategic and operational security issues.

“It would comprise an auditorium, conference rooms and an exhibition hall as also the (Indian Army-funded think tank) Centre for Land Warfare Studies,” Kapoor said.

Besides, the Centre for UN Peacekeeping that is coming up on an adjoining site, will also utilise the high-end facilities of the Manekshaw Centre “and thus enable it cater to an international audience”, the army chief added.

The project is likely to be completed by Nov 2009.

Manekshaw, who crafted India’s historic victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan and left a lasting legacy of deep strategic insight and indomitable spirit, died in a Military Hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, June 27. He was 94.

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