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Founder Members:

Shri N. G. Goray, M.P.
Shri S. M. Joshi
Dr. G.S. Mahajani
Shri P.V. R. Rao, I.C.S. (Retd.)
Maj. Gen. Y. S. Paranjpe (Retd.)
Prof. V. M. Dandekar
Shri I. T. Mirchandani
Shri V. S. Vaidya
Brig. S. A. Moray
Dr. R. G. Kakade

Lt. Col. M. G. ABHYANKAR - Founder Director



  Dr. M.G.Abhyankar

Founder member and Honorary Director of the Centre.
Former Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
Founder, First Professor and Head of the Centre of Defence Studies, University of Pune.

Guide for Doctoral Research on Defence Studies at this Centre.
Officer at the Rajputana Rifles and severely wounded while fighting at the battle of Rathedaung in February 1943 in the Arakan Sector of Burma.
Served in the Front Line during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations in 1947-48 and the Indo-PAk wars in 1965 and 1971.
Served in the military wing of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations in the Congo, Zaire.
Obtained Doctorate from the University of Arizona (1988) for his publication on the United Nations Operations in the Congo 1961 called Battlefield of Peace

Some of his Publications:
Regimental History of the Rajputana Rifles - Orient Longmans 1958
Regimental History of the Maratha Light Infantry - Orient Longmans 1958
Overlord and After on the Normandy Campaign in World War II
Myth Exploded on the Burma Campaign
Last Man and Last Round on the Malaya Campaign
Shivaji's Campaign strategy and tactics (in Marathi)
Defence Organisations and Principles (in English and Marathi)
Battlefield of Peace on the United Nations Operations in the Congo 1961
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Trustee and Executive Committee:
Kunzru Centre has a provision for 3 Trustees one of which is the chairman.
The Executive Committee of 9 members is responsible for the running of the centre.
Commodore S.M.Abhyankar, Indian Navy (Retired) is the Executive Director.
Commodore S.M.Abhyankar - Profile
b. 19-2-48;
Academic Qualification: M.Sc (Defence Studies) Madras Professional: Graduate of NDA;
Naval Career: May 1966 - May 1997. Retired in rank of Commodore in 1997.
Work with Kunzru Centre: Assistant Director Kunzru Centre from 1993 and assisted in conduct of Training Courses for Ex Servicemen at Kunzru Centre
West Asia 1979
Conversion of small craft of Indian Navy to Hydrofoil mode for commercial use -1986
Sea Power for peace - 1990
India's progress - Way Ahead 1990
Presently: Master Mariner with an Indian Shipping Company

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New Kunzru Centre Building:
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