Directorate of Military Intelligence Corps
Active1941 – present
Country India
Branch Indian Army
TypeMilitary intelligence
HeadquartersSena Bhawan, New Delhi
Motto(s)Always alert
EngagementsWorld War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-China War of 1962
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Afghan Civil War (1996–2001)
Kargil War
2016 Indian Line of Control strike
Director General Military IntelligenceLt Gen. Tarun Kumar Aich[1]
Formation sign

The Directorate of Military Intelligence (M.I.) is the Intelligence arm of the Indian Army.[2] The primary mission of military intelligence is to provide timely, relevant, accurate, and synchronized intelligence support to tactical, operational and strategic-level needs of the army.

It also conducts counter-intelligence activities to detect, identify and neutralize adversarial intelligence threats inside Indian Army.[3]


Approximately 3,700 military personnel are assigned to intelligence duties. These personnel are trained at Military Intelligence Training School and Depot (MINTSD), Pune.[4]

The operational geographical mandate of the organization is set to 50 km from the border.[2]


The agency was set up in 1941 as part of the erstwhile British Indian Army to generate field intelligence for the army, in the Second World War. After Independence, M.I. was initially tasked with generating only tactical or field intelligence in all countries bordering India.

In 1978, the directorate was involved in the Samba spy scandal, wherein it was later found that the directorate had falsely implicated three Indian Army officers as Pakistani spies.[5][6]


In early 1957, 2 M.I. officers had infiltrated into Chinese territory and carried out a Reconnaissance operation. It was due to this operation, that Indian government got first-hand evidence that China had illegally built a road in Aksai Chin. The personnel had joined a group of yak grazers in disguise and gathered the first-hand evidence.[7]

In late 1990s, M.I. officers were also deployed in Tajikistan and later into Afghanistan, in support of the Ahmad Shah Massoud–led Northern Alliance that overthrew the Taliban in 2001 with the aid of the US-led coalition forces in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and the subsequent War in Afghanistan.[2]

M.I. was also active in Myanmar, which nurtured insurgent groups. In 1998, a M.I. operative impersonated a Khalistani terrorist and infiltrated a gun-running Myanmar insurgent group. He led them into a death trap in the Andaman islands.[8] Operation Leech, as the operation was called, marked the start of the outreach of the Indian Army to the Burmese junta in the 1990s. It also aimed to offset the expanding footprint of China on the eastern border of India.[2][8]

M.I. has carried out operations in Bangladesh too because of safe sanctuaries provided to insurgent groups like the United Liberation Front of Assam (U.L.F.A.), the United National Liberation Front of Manipur (U.N.L.F.) and the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation.[9] Within months of the Hasina government taking over in 2009, the entire leadership of the U.L.F.A. and the U.N.L.F. was handed over to Indian authorities.[2]

In January 2012, the M.I. warned Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, about a coup brewing in the Bangladeshi Army which was ultimately foiled.[2]

Since 2005, M.I. is also involved in hundreds of cross-border counter terrorism strikes across LOC, into Pakistan. Most notable being 2016 Surgical strike.[10]

Military Intelligence Training School & Depot

Military Intelligence Training School & Depot, Pune

Military Intelligence Training School & Depot (MINTSD) at Pune trains intelligence professionals of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Para Military Forces, Civil Intelligence Agencies and Friendly Foreign Countries. It started modestly in Karachi on 20 January 1941. MINTSD moved through Murree in July 1947 and after partition to Mhow in November 1947 and finally to its present location in Pune in September 1952.[11][12]

It offers the following courses under the Savitribai Phule Pune University - Diplomas in Combat Intelligence and Security, Management of Intelligence and Security Teams, Management of Intelligence and Security Teams, Security, Security and Intelligence Tradecraft; P.G. Diploma in Combat Intelligence Analysis and Management, Intelligence Tradecraft and Practice, Satellite and Aerial Imagery Interpretation and Security with Specialization in Counter Intelligence.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich, DGMI visited Military Intelligence Training School & Depot". 6 February 2023. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Unnithan, Sandeep (28 January 2012). "The Secret Secret Service". India Today. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. ^ Unnithan, Sandeep (6 February 2012). "How Indian Army's Military Intelligence Directorate works". India Today. Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Military intelligence training school completes 75 years". Times Of India. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The Samba Case, the Indian army's darkest chapter". Reddif. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ Chawla, Prabhu (1 February 2014). "Samba spy case takes dramatic turn as officers challenge dismissal order in HC". India Today. Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Jawaharlal Nehru ignored intelligence report of Chinese road in Indian territory in 1957: Book". Times Of India. 14 September 2020.
  8. ^ a b Goel, Kritika. "Operation Leech: What Was This Military Op & What Went Down?". The Quint. Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ Swami, Praveen (26 December 2011). "India's secret war in Bangladesh". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  10. ^ Negi, Manjeet Singh. "Surgical strikes in PoK: How Indian para commandos killed 50 terrorists, hit 7 camps". India Today. Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  11. ^ "75 glorious years of Military Intelligence Training School And Depot (MINTSD)". 20 January 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Military Intelligence Training School And Depot-Indian Army Postal Cover". 20 January 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Colleges, Research Centers and University Department Details". Retrieved 29 May 2021.