Shri Abhai Bhatnagar, an IDSE officer of 1983 batch, has assumed the appointment of Director General (Personnel) on 01 Oct 2022. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee, BE Civil 1983) and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (M Tech Structures, 1992).
Prior to taking over as DG (Pers), Shri Abhai Bhatnagar has served as ADG (Projects) exercising technical/ administrative control over six CE Zones. Prior to ADG, the officer served as Chief Engineer Zone, where he played an important role in introducing the latest technology, new modes of contract action in MES under guidance from the E-in-C's Branch, such as EPC Mode, QCBS for consultancy contracts, introduction of better specifications, speedy construction in addition to planning and execution of new projects, upgradation and rehabilitation old/ structurally weak accommodations as a reference book for Engineers tenanting the Executive / Staff appointments.
Shri Abhai Bhatnagar has also served as CWE (Project), where he was instrumental in getting the water supply scheme sanctioned and progressed for a military station for defence projects in addition to planning and execution of many infrastructure and building projects. He has also executed the Prestigious Super Speciality Multi Storied Hospital project as Garrison Engineer Project and was awarded Chief of Naval Staff Commendation (Dec 1999).
In his earlier appointment as GE Project, the officer was actively involved in planning, design and execution of various Infra, Married and OTM KLP projects. The officer has also served as AGE (Independent), where after the giant cyclone of May 1990, he worked day and night and restored the essential services in the Air Force Stn in a very short time.
Shri Abhai Bhatnagar has also served as Director (Design) in ADG Design and Consultancy as well as in various CE Zones and performed duties as Planning/ Design officer in HQ CE Command, CE (AF) (WAC), CE Zone and CE R&D at AEE/ EE levels.
Shri Abhai Bhatnagar is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a life member of the Indian Building Congress and the Institution of Military Engineers. He has authored and presented several technical papers in Departmental, National and International level Conferences/ Seminars in India. Shri Abhai Bhatnagar has also been awarded with the Best Technical Paper award by the Indian Building Congress.