Brig Abhay A Bhat, an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) was commissioned into the Corps of Signals in December 1982. He has done his BTech in Electronics and telecommunications from Military College of Telecommunications Engineering, Mhow (MCTE). Brig Bhat has graduated from the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, where army officers are trained in the nuances of staff function of various operations. Due to his professional calibre, he was sponsored by the Army to attain M Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT, Kanpur. The officer has also acquired a Master’s degree in Personnel Management from Pune University.
He has served in counter insurgency areas of Assam and J&K. Brig Bhat commanded an Armoured Division Signal Regiment during op PARAKRAM, and has served on the staff of MS Branch, Integrated HQ of MoD which is responsible for career management of officers. He was also involved in implementing IT projects for developing Information Technology Infrastructure in remote areas of North East.
Brig Bhat has been awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card in 2011, for outstanding work in the field of Signal Intelligence in support of the operations in J & K.
The officer was the Commander of the Faculty of Communications Engineering at MCTE from 2011 to 2014; where he was responsible for conduct of the engineering degree, PG and Diploma courses for Army officers. He pioneered many automation projects and modernisation of laboratories, as well as developed the eLearning environment in MCTE. He was the Chairman of the IETE (Institute of Electronics and Telecom Engineers) Sub centre, Mhow from 2011 to 2014.
Brig Bhat has written articles in defence publications on eLearning and Knowledge management. He has participated in many Seminars and Conferences as panel member in the fields of Next Generation Networks, Cyber Security and Defence Communication Technologies.
Before his retirement, Brig Abhay Bhat was posted as the Chief Signal Officer of the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area; responsible for the Army telecommunication and IT networks in these states.
Brig Bhat took premature retirement from Indian Army on 11 Apr 2017, and joined Army Institute of Technology as it’s 9th Director on 15 Apr 2017. In last four years he has substantially improved the academic, technical and administrative infrastructure of the college.
Under his leadership the college is enhancing it’s footprint in innovation, entrepreneurship and research.