LT GEN B S DHALIWAL, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
Phone: 0172 - 2622125, Mobile : 9878488125
Date of Birth : 16 Aug, 1947
Date of Retirement : 31 Aug, 2007
Address Permanent : House No 125
Sector 35 A
Chandigarh – 160035
• Pleasing, charismatic personality, with a penchant for work and an eye for detail. Having an uncanny ability to understand and identify pressure points and weak links in an organisational structure. The vision and innovativeness to conceive, develop and formulate policies and guidelines and the vigour to ensure their implementation on ground. A team man to the hilt, with the ability to carry the entire group along the chartered path, while leading from the front. The maturity, tact and grace to tide over abstruse and sensitive situations, converting every threat into an opportunity on ground, for the furtherance of the organisational objectives. Possessing a unique gift of focusing on both macro and micro issues simultaneously, thus ensuring a harmonious and an almost error free working environment.
• Last served in the Indian Army, in the senior most position as the Engineer-in-Chief, directing and controlling operations at a Mega scale. With an experience of over 40 years in leadership skills, technical expertise and acumen in man management, capable of delivering time bound Turnkey projects in a globally competitive environment.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
• Vice President Indian Building Congress.
• Council Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Delhi.
• Fellow, Institution of Engineers.
• Life Member, Institution of Military Engineers.
• Member, Indian Road Congress.
• Member, Institution of Bridge Engineers.
• Life Member of Bridge Engineers.
• Life Member, The Indian Council of Arbitration.
• Life Member, World Environment Foundation.
• Member, Board of Governors of Construction Industry Development Council.
• Founder Member in the Advisory Board of Apex 60 Plus Club (set up by the Institution of Directors)
• Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).
• Post Graduate in Human Rights from Indian Institute of Human Rights New Delhi.
• Certificate in Disaster Management from IGNOU.
• Certificate in Defence Management Programme from College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.
• Independent Director’s Course for Senior Defence Officers by ASSOCHAM.
EMPLOYMENT RECORD (Key Appointments in Service )
Dec 1966 to Aug 2007
In a span of over 40 years of Army Service in the Corps of Engineers, held the key appointments of Engineer-in-Chief, Commandant College of Military Engineering, Chief Engineer Southern Command, Director General Works, Deputy Director General (Personnel), Chief Engineer Project Beacon (Border Roads) and Chief Engineer Bathinda Zone.
• Engineer – in Chief ( May 06 – 31 Aug 07 )
o Engineer-in-Chief, the highest rank and appointment in the Technical Arm of the Indian Army, heads the four major streams viz. Combat Engineers, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineering Service and Military Survey. The work profile encompasses the incumbent to act as a Principal Staff Officer and the senior most engineer advisor to Ministry of Defence and Chiefs of three services i.e (Army, Navy and Airforce) on works matters and engineering services while also heading the nodal agency which advises the General Staff on engineer aspects of operational planning, intelligence and logistical planning and Quartermaster General on policy matters on works services. This nodal agency is also responsible for liaison with other Ministries of the Government through Ministry of Defence on technical engineering aspects, research and development of engineering equipment in the services and technical training of all army engineer units. The job requirement entails one to be a visionary and a strategic planner with expertise in policy formulation, planning, designing, executing and spearheading construction of high value projects involving planning, scheduling of works, resources allocation and optimization, budgeting, coordination and monitoring of works involving effective integrated management information system, with a flair for adopting modern methodologies in compliance with quality standards.
o As the Engineer-in-Chief, headed and controlled a force of approximately two and a half lakh combatants and civilians and managing an annual outlay of approximately Rs 11,000 crore. During this period, the ethos and functioning of Military Engineering Service (MES) was revamped and rejuvenated and transformed into a far more efficient organisation, responsive to the need of the users by instituting value additions and accountability at all levels. Monitoring mechanisms from the apex were personally instituted to clear all administrative and technical backlogs in the MES and thereby evolving an effective monitoring system using proven project management techniques for affecting a complete control over planning, designing, scheduling, contracting, executing and financial management of major time bound prestigious projects. A huge fillip to the usage of non-conventional energy was given, by ensuring that these measures are incorporated in all major work programmes. This requires a visionary zeal and herculean effort on part of the apex body. In addition to the above a large number of measures were also instituted by tightening up procedures and controls, which brought enormous savings to the exchequer. A case in point was in the introduction and implementation of energy conservation measures and by interacting with the State Electricity Boards, where by the tariff charged to Defence was reduced at all stations bringing in a recurring saving of over Rs 101.16 crore per year to the exchequer in electric tariff alone.
o In the arena of combat engineering, the weaknesses in training were identified and then ensured that they were effectively addressed and the training was in synchronization with the current philosophy of the Indian Army.
• Commandant College of Military Engineering (CME), Pune (Oct 04 - Apr 06)
o Alma Mater of all Engineer Officers, CME has a role encompassing training, advisory, projects and research and experimentation for the Combat Engineers, Military Engineering Service, Border Roads Organisation and Survey. The training is conducted primarily for personnel of the Corps of Engineers, other arms and services, Navy, Air Force, Para Military Forces, Police and Civilians. Personnel from friendly foreign countries are also trained.
o As Commandant of CME, was responsible for planning, coordination and conduct of training of officers in Degree Engineering and various facets of Combat Engineering as well as training of non-commissioned officers leading to Diploma in Engineering. In a very short span of time, totally rejuvenated, enhanced and revamped the infrastructural facilities and training infrastructure by conceiving and executing innumerable projects. As the head of the institution was also instrumental in restructuring the entire training curriculum for all ranks, resulting in a marked qualitative upswing in the training standards being imparted and positively affecting the entire Indian Army. Simultaneously, re-inculcated and rejuvenated the interest and involvement amongst young officers of the Corps of Engineers, in the field of sport and adventure, after a gap of over a decade, to once again take up the sport of rowing and sailing at both national and international levels. This has led to an unbelievable degree of success. Promoted ecological conservation activities and development of flora and fauna at the campus, which resulted in CME being nominated for the prestigious “Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra” national award for environmental conservation. This thus significantly raised the all round standards at the CME at Pune, which are now comparable to the best in the world and which requires a great deal of farsightedness and commitment from the entire staff to achieve and maintain such standards.
• Director General Works, Engineer-in-Chief’s Branch (Dec 03 – Sep 04)
o As Director General Works, was responsible to Engineer-in-Chief for technical planning, control, execution and coordination of all works and engineering services for three services, Factories, R&D establishments, Inspection of establishments and other organisations under Min of Def.
• Chief Engineer Southern Command (Apr 02 – Dec 03)
o As Chief Engineer Southern Command was responsible to provide works services to over 65% of the Indian Armed Forces. The office of the Chief Engineer had under its jurisdiction a very large number of Army, Naval, Coast Guard, Air Force, Ordnance Factories and R&D
o stations spread over eight states and four UTs. To perform the assigned role. The Chief Engineer controlled an annual budget outlay of over Rs 1200 crore and a work force of approx 75,000 personnel (Industrial and non- industrial).
o As Chief Engineer Southern Command, revamped and rejuvenated the functioning of MES and converted it into an efficient vibrant Organization. By introducing innovative maintenance procedures and ensuring the funds allotted are optimally and judicially utilized, a quantum improvement in the quality of life at all stations was brought in. Simultaneously, by bringing in a change of working ethos in the MES personnel, clearance of a mammoth backlog of administrative and technically facets took place while simplifying and streamlining procedures.
o By interacting with the State Electricity Boards, the tariff charged to Defence was reduced and by introducing and implementing energy conservation measures at all stations brought in a recurring saving of over Rs 60 crore per year to the exchequer.
o It is due to the above that the Zones bagged the first three positions of the Best Zone Trophy conducted nationwide.
• Deputy Director General (Personnel), HQ Border Roads Organisation (Mar 01 – Apr 02)
o Responsible for all HRD functions such as pay and allowances, terms and conditions of service, movements, welfare, training and development, performance, appraisal reports, departmental promotion committees, promotions, discipline, vigilance, complaints, court cases etc of all civilian staff (both officers and subordinates) totaling approx 50,000 nos. Also handled recruitment of subordinate staff in the Organisation. Responsibilities also included preparation and implementation of procedures, policies, and directions related to personnel management.
• Chief Engineer Bathinda Zone (Jan 99 – Feb 01)
o As Chief Engineer Bathinda Zone was responsible to provide works service to 17 military station and cantonments in Punjab. The work services included forecasting, planning and execution of a large number of major projects (building, roads, water supply, electrical, sewage and drainage) on turn key basis. To perform the assigned role the Chief Engineer controlled an annual budget outlay of over Rs 200 crore and a work force of approx 8000 personnel (Industrial and non- industrial).
o Bathinda Zone during this time was adjudged the Best Zone in the Country, by a record margin. Incidentally it is for the first time in its history the Zone won the coveted Trophy since its inception in 1948.
• Chief Engineer Project ‘BEACON’ – Border Roads (Jun 95 – Dec 97)
o As Chief Engineer Project ‘BEACON’ was responsible for maintenance and development of the infrastructure in J&K State. It included development of over 600 Km of new roads, 50m of permanent bridges, strengthening of Srinagar airfield, maintenance of approx 3000 Km roads, 300 m of bridges, Jawahar Tunnel and all airfields in Kashmir Valley. For formulation and implementation of various projects, Chief Engineer ‘BEACON’ had to interact closely with Central/State Government agencies and statutory bodies. To perform the assigned role, the Chief Engineer controlled an annual budget outlay of over Rs 300 crore and a work force of approx 10000 personnel (including casually paid labourers).
o Responsibility further included planning, designing, construction supervision, project management, quality assurance, cost control, deployment of plant and machinery, exploration and selection of sources of construction materials and water for construction purposes; site specific environmental management plan, site establishment; scheduling of works; project dairy; site instructions; interim payment certificates; measurement; unit rates for different items of works; progress review meetings; technical presentation; budgeting and monitoring of progress (physical and financial), critical review of the completion path and meeting the given deadlines. Duties included investigation of roads damaged due to flood, land slides and earthquakes and planning execution of restoration on war footing.
o The Project during this time provided outstanding support to J&K State and Armed Forces and performed its task in a distinguished manner. For the same, Governor of J&K State honoured the Project with a Trophy.
• Commander Works Engineer Chandigarh (CWE) (Dec 88 - Jul 91).
o As CWE Chandigarh was responsible to provide works services to large number of users viz IAF Base Repair Depot at Chandigarh, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Ordnance Cable Factory, TBRL (R&D Est), Army units located at Chandigarh, Nahan, Patiala, Nabha, and Sangrur. The work services included maintenance of existing assets along with services, forecasting, planning and execution of major projects (buildings, roads, air conditioning and E/M works) on turn key basis. To perform the assigned role, the CWE controlled an annual budget outlay of over Rs 75 crore and a work force of approx 1700 personnel.
o During this time, CWE Chandigarh was adjudged the Best CWE in Western Command.
• Colonel Commandant, The Bengal Sappers (Jan 03 - Apr 06)
o The job content required vision, astuteness and an indomitable spirit by its head, which propelled the Bengal Sappers to new levels of professional acumen. During this time all units accredited themselves commendably bringing laurels to the Group and the Corps, in all spheres of activity. Notably, during this period the Bicentenary celebrations of the Bengal Sappers was also conceived, planned and organized. The event was an unparalleled success and shall remain a landmark in the history of the Group. It was the first Bicentenary Celebration of any Regiment which was graced by three Service Chiefs. A huge fillip to Information Technology advancements in the Bengal Engineer Group and Centre, Roorkee, was also given, which led to embracing and incorporation of IT as a tool for professional development in all facets of training and administration leading to further efficiency at all levels.
o A website also conceived and developed containing data of all Bengal Sapper veteran officers. Collection of this data was a mammoth task. This permanent record of all retired Bengal Sapper Officers promoted and fostered brotherhood and camaraderie among its members. This website is the first of its kind in the Indian Army.
• Combat Experience
o Had the experience of serving in difficult areas and in all types of terrain, right from the time as a Young Officer. Notable combat experience amongst them was as Chief Engineer Southern Command, and was instrumental in orchestrating ‘Demining Operations’ in the year 2002- 03, in which combat units in the command theatre, in a record time, removed over one lakh mines without suffering a single casualty. This was achieved by employing innovative techniques and by leading them from the front. Incidentally, this was part of the largest demining operations ever conducted in the world.
EMPLOYMENT RECORD (After Service)
Mar 2008 to Date
Advisor To Govt Of Punjab On Infrastructure And Engineering Matters.
• As Advisor is responsible for all matters concerning infrastructure (both existing, under construction and in the planning stage) to ensure proper integration and holistic development of the State. The Advisor acts as an interface between various agencies involved with the development projects and add value to the projects at the conception, planning and execution stages. In addition, is responsible to ensure proper quality is maintained in all projects under execution and they are completed in time with least time and cost over runs.
• ‘Planning for Rehabilitation of a Disused Airfield’, Indian Roads Congress.
• ‘Rain Water Harvesting in India’, Institution of Engineers, Delhi Chapter.
• ‘Risk Analysis and Contingency allocation model for Risk Management of Mega Construction Projects and Highway Projects’, Institution of Engineers.
• ‘Continuing Professional Development: Updation of Core Competency’, Engineering Council of India.
• ‘Coping Mechanism and Technologies in context of Earthquake Vulnerability for Risk Reduction in Buildings’, Institution of Engineers.
• ‘Integrated Development of Towns as New Growth Centres of Indian Economy’, Indian Building Congress.
• ‘Professional Engineers-Code of Ethics’, Engineering Council of India
• ‘Safety in Construction’, Indian Building Congress.
• ‘Renewable Power sources for Sustainable Development – Wind Energy’, Institution of Engineers.
• ‘Global Warming and its effect on India’, Institution of Engineers.
• ‘Highway Infrastructure Development: Are our roads meeting their intended purpose’, Hard News.
• ‘Global Warming - An Insight’ World Environment Foundation, 8th World Congress on Corporate response to Climate Change.
LANGUAGES AND DEGREE OF PROFICIENCY
Language Speak Read Write
English Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hindi Excellent Excellent Excellent
Punjabi Excellent Excellent Excellent
HONOURS AND AWARDS
• Param Vishist Seva Medal (26 Jan 2007).
• Ati Vishist Seva Medal (26 Jan 2004).
• Vishist Seva Medal (26 Jan 2001).
• Chief of Air Staff Commendation (26 Jan 1991).
• Golden Peacock Award on Eco Innovation – 2006.
• Indian Roads Congress Award for ‘Best Technical Paper on Maintenance – 2005’ instituted by CPWD
• Most Eminent Engineer award by Institution of Engineers, Delhi Chapter in 2006.
• Admiral Kohli Trophy for Life Time Contribution to the Sport of Sailing.
• Nominated for National Security and Strategic Studies Course at National Defence College, Delhi for outstanding performance, as a Brigadier.
• Silver Grenade for being adjudged the Best All Round Young Officer.
FOREIGN TENURES TOURS AND TRAVEL
• Had a three years tenure in Botswana from 1980 to 1983 in the capacity of an advisor to Botswana Defence Forces while being on deputation from the Indian Army.
• Widely traveled to all major countries namely USA, EU, Botswana, Kenya, UK, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Turkey, Srilanka, South Africa and Doha in various official capacities as well as privately.
SPORTS AND HOBBIES
• A keen sportsman, who has excelled in Rowing.
• Held the post of Executive Vice President of Yachting Association of India and Vice President of Rowing Federation of India.
• A qualified Deep Sea Diver.
• An avid environmentalist with specific focus on eco friendly activities, renewable sources of energy and recycling and conservation of water resources.