SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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Department of English
Rana T.S. Chhina
Visiting Faculty
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
MA (History)
Professional Experience
Served in the Indian Air Force 1981-1997
Dy Dir, IAF Historical Cell, Air Headquarters 1994-1997
Secretary & Editor, USI Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research 2000-till date.
Research Interests
War & Society
History of the Indian Armed Forces
Colonial Indian Military History
Phaleristics
Select Publications
Chhina, Rana TS, The Eagle Strikes: The Royal Indian Air Force 1932-1950, New Delhi: Ambi Knowledge Resource, 2006

Chhina, Rana TS and Haynes, ES, Medals and Decorations of Independent India, New Delhi: Manohar, 2008

Chhina, Rana TS and Parret, Cliff, Indian Order of Merit: Historical Records 1837-1947, Vol I, 1837-1860, Brighton: Tom Donovan Editions, 2010

Chhina, Rana TS, ‘Their mercenary calling: The Indian army on Gallipoli, 1915’ in Ashley Ekins (ed.), Gallipoli: A Ridge too Far, Wollombi: Exisle Publishing, 2013, pp. 232-253
National and International Recognition
Awarded Commendation by AOC-in-C Western Air Command: 1986 & 2007
Awarded Commendation by Chief of the Air Staff: 2006
Awarded MacGregor Medal for Best Military Reconnaissance: 1986
Vice President, Indian Military Historical Society
Executive Summary
Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot. A Qualified Flying Instructor, he is a recipient of the prestigious MacGregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986, and had the distinction of carrying out the highest landing in the world by a medium-lift class of helicopter, at the time. He is currently Secretary and Editor of the United Service Institution of India Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research and Vice President of the Indian Military Historical Society, UK.

Squadron Leader Chhina’s main field of interest is Colonial Indian Military History and Phaleristics. He is a member of the joint USI-MEA Steering Committee responsible for coordinating national commemoration of India’s participation in the First World War in connection with the centenary of the conflict. He is also a member of the IAF Aerospace Museum Apex Steering Committee and the Government of India’s Archival Advisory Board.
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