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Military Institute of Technology (MILIT), Pune
Former names
Institute's of Armament Studies (1952–1967)
Institute of Armament Technology (1967–2006)
Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DU) (2006–2012)
MILIT (19 Jan 2012–present)
Motto in English
Victory Through Technology
TypeArmed Forces Engineering Training Institute
Established1952 as the Institute of Armament Studies in College of Military Engineering (CME)
AffiliationSPPU Pune
CommandantAir Vice Marshal V Rajasekhar
Location, ,

18°25′27″N 73°45′32″E / 18.42417°N 73.75889°E / 18.42417; 73.75889Coordinates: 18°25′27″N 73°45′32″E / 18.42417°N 73.75889°E / 18.42417; 73.75889

Military Institute of Technology (MILIT), Pune is a tri-services training institution of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India. It trains selected officers of the three services of Indian Armed Forces and officers from friendly foreign countries for command and staff appointments. It conducts the Defence Services Technical Staff Course (DSTSC) for the Indian Army, Indian Airforce and Indian Navy Officers. The institute has a faculty of senior officers from all three services and scientists who provide specialized training on technologies, military warfare, procurement procedures and operational logistics to the student officers. The course trains officers to handle senior commands and staff appointments in the future. On successful completion of the course the officers are awarded with a degree of M.Sc in Military Technology from Pune University. Officers in the service bracket of 9 to 14 years attend this course. Most officers attending this course are of the rank of Major or Lt Col and equivalent.


The forerunner of MILIT was the Institute of Armament Studies established within the campus of College of Military Engineering (CME), Dapodi, Pune in 1952. The Institute then only conducted the Technical Staff Officers' Course for the Army. In the ensuing years, several courses were added to the institute's curriculum based on the needs of the three Services, Defence Research and Development Organisation, DGQA, DAQA and Defence PSUs etc.

In 1967, the institute was renamed as "Institute of Armament Technology" (IAT), which moved into the picturesque location of Girinagar, on the Southern Bank of Khadakwasla Lake; its present location. The institute is spread over 496 acres (201 ha) in scenic beautiful location, overlooking the lake waters, in Sahyadri hills. From the relatively narrow scope of Armament Studies alone in the fifties, the role of the institute was considerably enlarged by the Defence R&D Council in 1964 and further in 1981.

On the basis of accreditation by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Pune University recognised eight courses for the award of ME degree in 1982. The institute acquired the status of a Deemed University in 1999. It became autonomous w.e.f. 1 April 2006 and was rechristened as Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT),[1] a Deemed to be University (DU).

To have an institute completely dedicated to the needs of the three Services, a case was initiated to bifurcate MILIT from DIAT (DU), and the same was achieved on 19 Jan 2012. The major milestones leading to final formation of MILIT are given subsequently.

Period Milestones
IAT Days
1952 Institute of Armament Studies at CME, Dapodi, Pune Campus
1953–54 First Technical Staff Course was conducted at Institute of Armament Studies
1964 Re-designated as Institute of Armament Technology
1967 IAT shifted to Girinagar, Pune
1975–76 TSC – 22 was redesignated Technical Staff Officer's Course – 01
1982 Six courses recognized for award of ME Degrees by University of Pune
1989 Two new M.Tech courses added
1996 Institute of Armament Technology registered as a society
1998 Eight PG courses accredited by AICTE/UGC
1999 Deemed University status given by AICTE/UGC
2004 Renamed as Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, DIAT (DU) admitted first batch of PG students in June
2006 Granted autonomous status by Govt of India on 01 Apr and rechristened as DIAT (DU)
Period Milestones
Formation of MILIT
17 Aug 2010 In principle approval by RM for formation of MILIT (designated as MILIT Foundation Day) at Girinagar, Pune
Nov 2010 Dr Salwan Committee constituted and recommendations made on the bifurcation of MILIT from DIAT (DU)
19 Jan 2012 MILIT established as 52nd Lab of DRDO with PE of DRDO and Implementation Committee constituted under chairmanship of Lt Gen Anoop Malhotra, CC R&D(RM)
06 Feb 2012 MILIT formally inaugurated in a military ceremony by Lt Gen AK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, GOC-in-C, Southern Command
Mar 2012 Actionable instructions issued by Implementation Committee and transfer of assets commenced
13 May 2012 Technical Staff Officers Course (TSOC)-37 and Naval Technical Staff Course (NTSC) were among the first long courses passed out after formation of MILIT. Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was the chief guest on the occasion. Rear Admiral AS Sethi, Commandant MILIT and other senior officers from the three services were present on the occasion.
01 Apr 2015 Constitution of MILIT as an AFTI under the aegis of HQ IDS
18 May 2018 Formation sign of MILIT was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Satish Dua, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).

"The formation sign has three elements. At the base is a nib highlighting the significance of knowledge and the fact that 'Pen can sometimes be mightier than the sword', the interlocked three rings in service colours representing the synergy of the three Services, a gear representing technology reiterating our motto of "Victory through Technology" and flames that symbolise the zeal and zest (or even the fire in our belly) to work towards victory in all endeavours. The maroon background further accentuates jointness."

The formation sign was designed by Mrs Radhika Rajeev Jadhav w/o Maj JB Desai (TSOC-43).

01 Jul 2018 TSOC-44 course was redesignated as Defence Services Technical Staff Course (DSTSC)-01
02 Jul 2018 Air Vice Marshal Vivek Rajhans, VSM took over as Commandant, MILIT, Pune
01 Feb 2021 Maj Gen Hari Singh, VSM took over as Commandant, MILIT, Pune
01 Jan 2022 Air Vice Marshal V Rajasekhar took over as Commandant, MILIT, Pune[2]
AVM Vivek Rajhans, VSM (Retd), Ex-Commandant (02 Jul 2018 – 31 Jan 2021), MILIT, Pune
AVM Vivek Rajhans, VSM (Retd), Ex-Commandant (02 Jul 2018 – 31 Jan 2021), MILIT, Pune


The institute is located on Pune-Sinhagad-Panshet road on the Southern Bank of Khadakwasla Lake at Girinagar. There is an all-weather road between NDA and MILIT.

The campus is spread over 496 acres, divided into Technical Complex and Residential Complex.


In order to meet the specific and futuristic training requirements of Armed Forces, DIAT (DU) was bifurcated to form Military Institute of Training (MILIT), Pune. MILIT is mandated to conduct 23 courses of varying durations from three days to 48 weeks for the Officers of the three services.


To commemorate its 10th Raising Day, MILIT conducted a seminar on 'Space Security: National Security Challenges and Strategic Implications' on January 19, 2022. The proceedings were held online due to the pandemic restrictions, and witnessed around 400 online participants. The speakers and delegates included Air Marshal B R Krishna, Chief of Integrated Defence to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Dr V R Lalithambika, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Directorate of Human Space Programme ISRO, Lt Gen Anil K Bhatt (retd), Director General, Indian Space Association, Air Vice Marshal D V Khot, Director General, Defence Space Agency, Major General Dhruv C Katoch (retd), Additional Director at Centre for Land Warfare Studies and Group Captain Ajey Lele (retd), Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis.[3]

A delegation of six Sri Lankan Armed Forces officers were on a three-day visit to India as part of the 9th Army to Army Staff talks. As a part of their visit, they visited MILIT on February 11, 2022 to interact with the Commandant and faculty of the institute.[4] The delegation discussed various training methodologies and technical studies undertaken, and they concluded the visit by meeting the Sri Lankan students in the institute.

On March 1, 2022, Air Marshal Shashiker Choudhary, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command visited MILIT to deliver a talk on 'Fleet Sustenance: Challenges and Opportunities in the Indian Air Force'. They discussed the need for engagement with academia, local industries and start-ups to promote development of home-grown solutions. The importance of self-reliance and 'Atmanirbharta' was highlighted, citing the ongoing geopolitical crisis as a major reasoning.[5]

See also


  1. ^ DIAT. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ PRO Defence Pune [@PRODefPune] (31 December 2021). "Air Vice Mshl Rajasekhar, an AE(L) Offr and alumnus of IIT Bombay took over reins of MILIT from Maj Gen Hari Singh, VSM on 31 Dec 21. He has tenanted various key appts in Air HQ, AF Trg Command, AFTC, Steered major Comn projects of IAF and associated with maint of Mirage-2000." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Pune: Seminar on space security held to mark Raising Day at MILIT". The Indian Express. 20 January 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  4. ^ "India, Sri Lanka conclude 9th Army to Army Staff Talks in Pune". Hindustan Times. 14 February 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ "IAF's Maintenance Commander stresses engagement with academia, start-ups". The Indian Express. 2 March 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.