AFMC Commandant Lt Gen Vats to retire tomorrow

LT GEN DP Vats, director and commandant, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) will retire on April 30. A graduate of PGIMS, Rohtak, Vats was commissioned into the Indian Army in August 1975. He has done his MS (Ophthalmology) from AFMC, Pune in 1982 and received training in Anterior Segment Surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi in 1992 and in Eye Banking at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad in 1998.

He has held various prestigious appointments including Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at AFMC, Pune from 1995-2000, senior advisor in Ophthalmology at Command Hospital (WC) from 2000-2002, senior advisor and consultant in Ophthalmology at the prestigious Army Hospital (R & R), New Delhi from 2002-2006, Commandant, AFMSD, Delhi Cantonment from 2006 to 2008, Commandant, Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune from 2008-2009 and Major General (Medical), Headquarters, Southern Command, prior to assuming his present appointment.

Lt Gen D P Vats has been decorated with the Param Vishist Seva Medal in 2011, Sena Medal in 2003, Vishist Seva Medal in 1999, COAS Commendation Cards in 1996, 2005 and 2008 and GOC in C (WC) Commendation Card in 2001 for exceptionally meritorious service and contribution towards patient care.

According to Maj Gen Manoj Luthra, dean and deputy commandant, AFMC, his tenure has seen the institution receive acclaim for numerous scientific advances, academic achievements and administrative innovations.

He is credited with setting high standards in all spheres, thus galvanisng the faculty and students into attaining greater heights both in academic and extra curricular fields, said a press release.

During his tenure, AFMC received NAAC re- accreditation with a CGPA of 3.51 out of 4, a new Central Library christened the "Ashok Chakra Library" and a Laboratory Services Block called the Diamond Jubilee Block were inaugurated.

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