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Air Force Technical College (AFTC) was established on 04 Jul 49 with Gp Capt J Beaumont, DFC as the first Commandant. The College, then named as Technical Training College was established at Bangalore with the assistance of Air Service Training Ltd, Hamble (UK). For a few years in the beginning, the Commandant and other Directing Staff were from the Royal Air Force (RAF). The college was completely taken over by the Indian Air Force and the name of the institute was changed to Air Force Technical College on 06 Jul 56 with Group Captain NJ Kriplani MBE assuming charge as first Indian Commandant of the college.

The college ever since its inception had the unique distinction of being the only one of its type to train personnel in Military Aviation technology and associated fields. The College not only imparts technical training but also imparts military ethos and inculcates military leadership to fresh graduate engineers. The college has contributed significantly towards aviation technical training not only within the three services but also other organizations in the public and private sectors. The College till date has trained 13,890 officers of the IAF and the Sister Services, including Scientists from DRDO, international students and officers from HAL. This also includes 102 Army officers, 111 Naval officers and more than 419 Women officers. The College also trains International Officers from friendly foreign countries. To keep abreast with the latest technologies, the College endeavors to continuously train engineering officers at different seniority through the in-service courses. AFTC holds the distinction of being the first ISO-9001:2000 certified training institution in the IAF and the same has been upgraded to ISO 9001-2008.

Air Force Technical College was set up as Technical Training College with the assistance of Air Services Training, Hamble, UK. AFTC has trained over 7990 officers of IAF (including 163 women officers), 102 officers of Indian Army, 111 officers of Indian Navy and 276 officers of 19 friendly foreign countries. Engineers and scientists from premier institutions and public sector industries like HAL, DRDO and Indian Airlines have had their initiation in aerospace technology at this institute.


The College Crest- 'GYANEN SHOBHAMAHE'

The crest of the College depicts a mechanical gear and emanating electrical waves superimposed by torch bearing an eternal flame. The President of India approved the crest on 08 Aug 62. The crest sympolises the flame of knowledge, which gives rise to the fraternity of mechanical and electronics professionals engaged in pursuit of excellence in aeronautical engineering. The motto printed on the crest 'Gyanen Shobhamahe' means 'it is knowledge through which we find pride in ourselves'. With its multi-faceted growth, the College has lived up to its motto and continues to impart high standards of training to military Aeronautical Engineers. The College was awarded the "Presidential Colors" by her Excellency Smt Pratibha Patil on 12 Nov 08.


Milestones:

Some of the important events in the history of AFTC are given below:-

(a)      Mar 1958       -        1st Foreign Officer (Indonesian) Joins AFTC                       

(b)      Aug 1962       -        President of India approves Crest of AFTC ‘Gyanen Shobhamahe'

(c)      Apr 1993       -        Ist  Batch of 25 Women Officers’ are inducted

(d)      Jul 1999        -        Golden Jubilee Year celebrated

(e)      Aug 2003       -        Establishment of SWDC

(f)      26 May 05     -        Chief of Air Staff inaugurates Back- drop to Parade Ground          

(g)      23 Jan 06      -        Establishment of MMI at AFTC

(h)      01 Apr 06      -        Commencement of Ist Distance Education Course

Former Commandants

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Rank

Name

From

To

1st

Gp Capt

J Beaumant,CBE, AFC

04 Jul 1949

05 Jul 1956

2nd

Gp Capt

NJ Kriplani, MBE

06 Jul 1956

30 Jun1961

3rd

Gp Capt

K Narasimhan

01 Jul 1961

31Aug 1965

4th

Gp Capt

HD Mehra

25 Jan 1966

13 Sep 1966

5th

Gp Capt

RJ Hermon

14 Nov 1966

13 Jan 1970

6th

Gp Capt

JN Jungalawalla

28 Jan 1970

01 Jan 1972

7th

Gp Capt

SS Sahgal

02 Jan 1972

12 Apr 1976

8th

Air Cmde

SS Sahgal

13 Apr 1976

02 Jan 1977

9th

Air Cmde

Satinder Singh

03 Jan 1977

30 Jun 1981

10th

Air Cmde

SK Verma

01 Jul 1981

04 Jan 1983

11th

Air Cmde

S Venkataraman

05 Jan 1983

30 Nov 1983

12th

Air Cmde

S Roy

01 Dec 1983

27 Mar 1985

13th

Air Cmde

CL Kotwal

28 Mar 1985

03 Oct 1986

14th

Air Cmde

JP Dhir

04 Oct 1986

04Aug 1988

15th

Air Cmde

S Srinivasan, VSM

04 Aug 1988

03 Jan 1990

16th

Air Cmde

PN Bajaj

04 Jan 1990

21 Apr 1991

17th

Air Cmde

SS Gupta, VSM

22 Apr 1991

10 Feb 1992

18th

Air Cmde

K Badrinarayanan, VSM

17 Feb 1992

31Aug  1994

19th

Air Cmde

SKS Sitaram, VSM

01 Sep 1995

31 May 1996

20th

Gp Capt

JWR Chinnaiah  

01 Jun 1996

25 Nov 1996

21st

Air Cmde

DS Gotra

26 Nov 1996

31 Dec 1997

22nd

Air Cmde

SK Jindal

01 Jan 1998

03 Sep 2000

23rd

Air Cmde

RC Kakar, VSM

04 Sep 2000

15 Jul 2002

24th 

Air Cmde

SL Sharma, VSM

15 Jul 2002

31 Jul 2004

25th 

Gp Capt

Y Sharma  

01 Aug 2004

08 Sep 2004

26th 

Air Cmde

Kamal Singh  

09 Sep 2004

30 Sep 2006

27th 

Air Cmde

Rajiv Mittal  

30 Sep 2006

30 Nov 2008

28th 

Air Cmde

P Kanakaraj  

01 Dec 2008

16 Aug 2009

29th 

Air Cmde

HK Paul  

27 Aug 2009

31 Jan 2012

30th 

Air Cmde

Alok Singh  

01 Feb 2012

Till date

 

 

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