Madhuri Kanitkar

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Dharwad, Karnataka

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Lt. General (Dr) Madhuri Kanitkar is a General Officer in the Indian Army who serves as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under the Chief of Defence Staff. She has been awarded the decoration medal of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for her service.Madhuri Kanitkar is the third woman appointed with the Indian Armed Forces to be promoted to a three-star rank i.e. Lieutenant General. The two women before her are- Lieutenant General Punita Arora and Air Marshal Padma Bandopadhyay.Madhuri Kanitkar got married to Rajeev Kanitkar who is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the Quartermaster General of the Indian Army. They are the first couple in the history of the Indian Armed Forces to achieve the three-star rank. Madhuri Kanitkar with Rajeev Kanitkar after her piping ceremony.

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Lt. General (Dr) Madhuri Kanitkar is a General Officer in the Indian Army who serves as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under the Chief of Defence Staff. She has been awarded the decoration medal of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for her service.Madhuri Kanitkar is the third woman appointed with the Indian Armed Forces to be promoted to a three-star rank i.e. Lieutenant General. The two women before her are- Lieutenant General Punita Arora and Air Marshal Padma Bandopadhyay.Madhuri Kanitkar got married to Rajeev Kanitkar who is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the Quartermaster General of the Indian Army. They are the first couple in the history of the Indian Armed Forces to achieve the three-star rank. Madhuri Kanitkar with Rajeev Kanitkar after her piping ceremony.Madhuri was born into a family with a medical background as both her grandparents were doctors. She was inspired by them and decided to join the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in 1978. In 1990, she completed her post-graduation receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree in Pediatrics.Madhuri Kanitkar also took training in Pediatric Nephrology from the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She completed her fellowships at the National University Hospital, Singapore, and the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.Madhuri then served at her alma-mater Armed Forces Medical College, Pune as the associate professor, professor, and then Head of Department of Pediatrics. She also worked as a professor at the Army College of Medical Sciences. She formed the first Pediatric Nephrology service in the Army Medical Corps and she was appointed as the President of The Indian Society of Pediatric Nephrology.Madhuri Kanitkar is the first woman pediatrician to reach this rank in the Indian Army Doctors and she is a part of the Prime Ministers STIAC (S&T) Innovation Advisory Committee. She was appointed as the Dean and Deputy Commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College on 28 January 2017.Madhuri was posted in Pathankot in 1999 and she served during the Kargil War. She decided to go on a trip with her family to Singapore. At that time, her husband was posted in Hisar, she was posted in Pathankot, and her children were staying in Pune with their grandparents. Two days before the trip, both of them were called back to serve during the Kargil War.Madhuri has served for more than 37 years in the Army and she got promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on 29 February 2020. The confirmation of the promotion was a huge surprise for her and she was in Delhi when she got to know about this for some official meeting. Rajeev Kanitkar, her husband has been supportive of her decisions and career and he reached Delhi after boarding the night train with her uniform and other official documents. She wore her husbands cap during the piping ceremony. Madhuri Kanitkar during her piping ceremony.In the army protocol, the serving senior officer sits on the left in the three-star flag-bearing car and the spouse sits on the right. Now the roles have reversed as Madhuri sits on the left and her husband, Rajeev sits on the right.

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