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Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School
 

CIJW SCHOOL VAIRENGTE

 

CAPTURED PAKISTAN INSIGNIA

 

OFFICE COMPLEX

ARTRAC INSIGNIA

 

General

 

1.        Brief History of the School. Insurgency in our country erupted in Nagaland and Mizoram in 1956 and 1966 respectively. The Army battalions which were initially inducted to address this insurgency faced some challenges. The need and importance of training the units prior to induction in insurgency affected areas was realised. Under the directions of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, MC, then GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, a decision was taken to establish a school for meeting this much needed requirement. Accordingly, in 1967 an adhoc Jungle Training School at Mynkre near Jowai (Shillong) was established. This was later designated as Eastern Command Counter Insurgency Training School in Sep 1968 and became the fore-runner of the present Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School(CIJW), established on 01 May 1970 as a Category `A’ Training Establishment and located at Vairengte. Brigadier (later Lieutenant General) Mathew Thomas, PVSM, AVSM, VSM was the founder Commandant of this premier institution.

2.      The School was placed under suspended animation on 01 Aug 1971 in view of the impending Indo-Pak War. The HQ of the School provided the nucleus for KILO force and saw action in Operation `JACKPOT’ in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The then Commandant, Brigadier (later Lieutenant General) Anand Swarup, MVC, won his decoration in this operation. In 1972, the School reverted back to its basic role and has grown since in stature and strength. In the year 2012 the school also took over Lailapur Military Camp location in Assam. The school functions under HQ Army Training Command (ARTRAC). In recognition of the high standards of training being imparted at the School, CIJW School was bestowed with the GOC-in-C ARTRAC Unit Citation on 30 Jan 2013.

3.      Vision. To attain excellence in imparting quality training for conduct of Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorism (CI/CT) operations, exploit emerging technology in sub-conventional operations and become a repository of knowledge in the present and future Sub-Conventional Warfare scenarios.

4.     Mission. To support the Indian Armies ability to conduct Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorism operations within the country by providing the best contemporary training, conceptual development, effective management solution and the highest quality of trained soldiers to fight the scourge of terrorism.

5.       Role. To function as Nodal agency for training in CI/CT Operations.

 

AWARD OF THE FIRST ARTRAC GOC-IN-C CITATION TO CIJW SCHOOL

 

GOC-IN-C CITATION

 

6.      Charter. The charter of CIJW School includes the following:-

 

        (a) Conduct of Low Intensity Conflict Operations (LICO) courses for Offrs, JCOs/NCOs of Indian Army   

        and personal of Foreign Armies.

        (b) Conduct pre-induction training of units/sub units.

        (c) Conduct Counter Insurgency training capsules for Para Military Forces and Central Armed Police

        Force units.

        (d) Conduct of training for Foreign Contingents in sub conventional operations.

        (e) Act as a nodal agency to conceive, development and review concepts related to sub conventional

        operations.  

 

7.       Ethos.

         (a) Uphold the trust reposed as ‘Centre of Excellence’ through continuous refinement in content and

         context of training, up gradation of infrastructure and faculty development initiative.

         (b) Create a vibrant, focused and discipline environment to augment conduct of contemporary training

         in Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism operations with special emphasis on complex trainees.

            (c) Spearhead Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism operations related projects/research

         augmenting

         the strat endeavour community.

         (d) Ensure a conducive organization climate to foster pride, camaraderie and a fine work-life balance.

                

8.      Focus Areas.

         (a) Realism in training.
         (b) Comb conditioning & reflex firing.
         (c) Constant revision of training curriculum based on operation dynamics.

         (d) Enhanced thrust on rural and semi-urban insurgency with added exposure to urban insurgency

         dynamics.

         (e) Development of data base on Left Wing Extremist to undertake training as on required basis.

         (f) Up gradation of training infrastructure.

         (g) Re-orientation to basics.

         (h) E-Learning

 

OUR CAPTAINS

 

BRIG MATHEW THOMAS, VSM
01 MAY 70 TO 30 JUN 71

 

BRIG ANAND SARUP, MVC
04 JUN 71 TO 01 JUN 72

 

BRIG CA QUINN
02 JUN 72 TO 22 MAR 75

 

BRIG PN ANAND, VSM
23 MAR 75 TO 01 NOV 76

 

BRIG BJ SINGH, MVC, VSM
02 NOV 76 TO 02 JUL 77

 

BRIG SPS SINDU, VSM
19 JUL77 TO 13 OCT 79

 

BRIG RG MATHUR, VSM
14 OCT 79 TO 23 DEC 80

 

BRIG MK LAHIRI
24 DEC 80 TO 25 AUG 82
 

MAJ GEN AG MINWALA, AVSM
26 AUG 82 TO 19 NOV 84

 

MAJ GEN JM SINGH, AVSM
20 NOV 84 TO 03 SEP 85

 

MAJ GEN GC BHANDARI
04 SEP 85 TO 19 JUN 86

 

MAJ GEN DR DUTT
03 JULY 86 TO 19 JUN 87

 

 

9.      Organisation.      Organisation of the CIJW School is as under :-

 

 

 

MAJ GEN VP AIRY
20 JUN 87 TO 20 MAR 89

 

MAJ GEN SURPAT SINGH
21 MAR 89 TO 20 JUN 92

 

MAJ GEN BS RANDHAWA, AVSM
21 JUN 92 TO 26 SEP 95

 

MAJ GEN S PATIL,UYSM,AVSM
06 SEP 95 TO 31 DEC 95

 

BRIG T MUKHERJEE, AVSM

BRIG PS MANN,SM,VSM
27 OCT 99 TO 31 MAY 01

 

BRIG HS NAHAL
27 OCT 99 TO 31 MAY 01

 

BRIG AMRIT KAPUR, VSM
01 JUN 01 TO 31 JUL 03

 

BRIG BK PONWAR,AVSM,VSM
01 JUN 01 TO 31 JUL 03

 

BRIG RAKESH SHARMA
01 APR 05 TO 23 JUL 06

 

BRIG RM PAINULY, VSM
24 JUL 06 TO 23 FEB 08

 

BRIG AK RAM
24 FEB 08 TO 03 JAN 10

 

 MAJ GEN VS DADHWAL, SM,VSM 04 JAN 10 TO 20 APR 10

MAJ GEN AK SEN,VSM
21 APR 10 TO 29 APR

MAJ GEN RAJESHWAR SINGH, SM 30 APR 12 TO 16 MAR 14

 

 

 

   

MAJ GEN VIVEK SEHGAL, VSM
28 JUN 14 TO 31 MAR 16

   

 

PRESENT COMMANDANT
MAJ GEN MS GHURA, VSM
01 APR 16 ONWARDS

 

10.      Location

 

INDIA

NORTH EAST

 

 

11.      CIJW School is spread over a distance of 11 Km astride National Highway-54 across the borders of

           Assam and Mizoram.

12.       The layout is in three distinct blocks with one block at Lailapur in Assam and two other in Mizoram,

           spaced out over a distance of 5 km.

13.       Silchar is location 43 km to the North in Assam state and Aizwal is approx 132 km to the South in

           Mizoram state.

 

 

 

 

LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT OPERATION (LICO) COURSE

 

14.      LICO Course.      This is conducted for Offrs and JCO/NCOs of Indian Army and personnel from Foreign

         Friendly Countries. Aim and scope of the course is as under :-


        (a) Combatant conditioning.

        (b) Planning, preparation and conduct of operations in Low Intensity Conflict environment.

        (c) Intelligence and psychology operation.

        (d) Anti- Improvised Explosive Device Warfare.

        (e) Training in special technical like slithering and rappelling.

        (f) Reflex firing.

        (g) Analysis of case studies and after action reports on various Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism

        operations undertaken in Jammu &Kashmir and North East theatre.

     

 

PRE INDUCTION TRAINING

 

15.      Pre Induction Training (PIT).       It is conducted for four weeks for units earmarked for  induction in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism grid. Special training for Assam Rifles sub-units, sister services and Central Police Organizations is also conducted.

 

CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCE TRAINING

 

 

FOREIGN CONTIGENT TRAINING

 

JOINT EXERCISE GARUDA SHAKTI-III

 

JOINT EXERCISE SAMPRITI - III

 

AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY TRAINING

 

16.       Contingent Training Conducted in Training Year 2013-14.

S.No

Country

Duration

Strength

1.

Afghanistan National Army

21 Oct - 16 Nov 13

10 Offrs & 89 OR

2.

Afghanistan National Army

28 Mar - 18 Apr 14

10 Offrs & 91 OR

 

 

 

 

17.       Joint Exercise Conducted in Training Year 2014-15.

S.No

Country

Duration

Strength

1.

Indonesia

09 Feb - 21 Feb 15

10 Offrs & 31 OR

 

 

 

18.       Joint Exercise &Contingent Training Conducted in Training Year 2015-16.

S.No

Country

Duration

Strength

1.

Bangladesh Joint Exercise

26 Oct - 06 Nov 15

120

2.

Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan

16 Nov - 12 Dec 15

10 Offrs & 23 OR

3.

Afghanistan National Army

29 Feb - 26 Mar 16

08 Offrs & 86 Sgts

 

 

 

 

 

19.       In addition, the school also trains Indian Army Units earmarked for training with Friendly Foreign Countries. The expertise of the School is also being called upon to organize and conduct Joint Training within India from time to time.

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