CIJW SCHOOL VAIRENGTE
CAPTURED PAKISTAN INSIGNIA
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
AWARD OF THE FIRST ARTRAC GOC-IN-C
CITATION TO CIJW SCHOOL
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.
pre-induction training of units/sub units.
Counter Insurgency training capsules for Para Military Forces and
Central Armed Police
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
the trust reposed as ‘Centre of Excellence’ through continuous
refinement in content and
training, up gradation of infrastructure and faculty development
(b) Create a
vibrant, focused and discipline environment to augment conduct of
in Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism operations with special
emphasis on complex trainees.
the strat endeavour community.
(d) Ensure a conducive organization climate to foster pride,
camaraderie and a fine work-life balance.
8. Focus Areas.
Realism in training.
conditioning & reflex firing.
revision of training curriculum based on operation dynamics.
Enhanced thrust on rural and semi-urban insurgency with added
exposure to urban insurgency
(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.
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
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
MAJ GEN VIVEK SEHGAL, VSM
28 JUN 14 TO 31 MAR 16
MAJ GEN MS GHURA, VSM
01 APR 16 ONWARDS
School is spread over a distance of 11 Km astride National
Highway-54 across the borders of
Assam and Mizoram.
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.
Silchar is location 43 km to the North in Assam state and Aizwal is
approx 132 km to the South in
LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT OPERATION (LICO) COURSE
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
(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
Pre Induction Training
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
Afghanistan National Army
21 Oct - 16 Nov 13
10 Offrs & 89 OR
28 Mar - 18 Apr 14
10 Offrs & 91 OR
17. Joint Exercise Conducted in Training Year 2014-15.
09 Feb - 21 Feb 15
10 Offrs & 31 OR
18. Joint Exercise &Contingent Training Conducted in
Training Year 2015-16.
Bangladesh Joint Exercise
26 Oct - 06 Nov 15
Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan
16 Nov - 12 Dec 15
10 Offrs & 23 OR
29 Feb - 26 Mar 16
08 Offrs & 86 Sgts
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.