Chairman, Board of Management

Air Marshal (Retd.) Pranab Kumar Barbora

[Dec 1950 - ]

Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora was born in Shillong in Dec 1950. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in Jun 1970 as a fighter pilot and after having flown over 3500 hrs in various fighter aircraft in his 40 plus years of service retired in December 2010.

During his carrier he qualified himself as a Flying instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader. Amongst all his appointments in the IAF the prestigious ones have been formation of the first Jaguar Squadron, staff at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Staff at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He commanded a fighter squadron, inducted and commanded the first Air Combat Simulator and also a premier fighter base of the IAF in the Northeast. He served as Air Attache in the Embassy of India, Moscow.

As an Air Vice Marshal he served as Assistant Chief Perspective Planning and Force Development in HQ Integrated Defense Staff, MOD, and as Assistant Chief of Air Staff Inspection IAF.

On being promoted to the rank of an Air Marshal, he served as Senior Air Staff Officer, and Air Officer Commanding-in- Chief of Eastern Air Command Shillong and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command Delhi. During this period he gained intricate knowledge of the states in the region of his commands, by continuously interacting with the leadership of the respective state governments. He took over as the Vice Chief of Air Staff, IAF, in June 2009. As the Vice Chief he also headed the Apex Committee for improvement of Air Infrastructure in the eastern and northeastern regions of India.

Two of his greatest contributions in enhancing the operational capabilities of the IAF has been the reactivation of Daulat Beg Oldie, the worlds' highest landing ground, after 43 years, and enhancing Operational flying by all types of aircraft in the hills and mountainous terrain, both by day and night, in the northeastern and northern sectors of India.

For his contribution to the IAF and to the nation he was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal and the Param Vishisth Sewa Medal. He was also appointed as the Honourary Aide De Camp to the President of India.

Post retirement he was advisor to Reliance Industries Limited for a period of two and a half years, and was appointed by The Honourable President of India to the Court of Northeast Hill University and Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh. Very recently he has taken over as the Chairman of BoM, NERIST.