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Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana & Andhra Sub Area, took over command of the formation in July 2017. The General Officer is an alumnus of National defence academy Khadakvasla, and was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 19 Dec 1981.

A highly qualified officer, the General holds a Masters degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from the Madras University and holds M.Phil in Defence Management from Indore University. He has been a Resident Scholar at Pune University, with ‘Disaster Management’ as his area of specialisation. A scholar-warrior, he has been on the directing staff faculty of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he groomed young cadets into capsule as responsible officers. He has also been an instructor at the School of Artillery, where he taught advance courses in Gunnery and Tactics. He has been in senior directing staff faculty at the prestigious Army War College, where he was a mentor selected for training colonel level officers identified to tenet higher ranks in the three Services. He was the Commandant of the Officers Training Academy National Cadet Corps at Kamptee prior to taking over the current appointment.

His areas of specialisation include: military aspects related to national security, Artillery leadership motivation, training management, faculty development and disaster management.

General Srinivas Rao has rich experience in Operations, Logistics, Administration and Training, having been Chief of Logistics of the Army formation in Jammu region. Subsequently, he has been Chief of Operations in the sensitive region covering Kargil, Ladakh and the Siachen Glacier. He has extensive operational experience in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency in Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab and J&K. In addition, he has been involved in conduct of amphibious operations in the Tri-Services Andaman & Nicobar Command. The General Officer has been the President of Cantonment Board and the Station Commander at Jhansi.

Widely travelled, he has been part of delegations to Jeddah, Myanmar, Riyadh and Myanmar as a participant in Joint Operations Capsules at their War Colleges. The General has also visited Istambul, Turkey, Paris and Amsterdam in The Netherlands as part of Indian Army delegations.

Maj Gen Srinivas Rao is an avid reader and keen in adventure activities. He participated in a Cycling Expedition from Dehradun to Secunderabad and organised a Sailing Expedition from Kochi to Mumbai. He is regular in Yoga for health fitness and pursues Reiki as a hobby. The General Officer has done his schooling from Wesley High School, Medak and Little Flower High School and Junior College, Hyderabad.

The General is married to Mrs Anuradha Rao and they have two sons viz Mr N Chandrahas Rao, working as a Manager with Dr Fixit and Mr N Abhay Krishna, working as a Management Trainee with Titan. Mrs Anuradha Rao is a Post Graduate in English Literature and is actively involved in welfare and empowerment of families of Service personnel.