Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale
Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale, PVSM AVSM VM was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in June 1968 in fighter stream and has seen active operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak hostilities on both Eastern and Western fronts. His operational assignments include command of a front line fighter squadron in which he took active part in the SiachenOperations and command of a premier airbase during the Kargil Operations. He has served as Flying Instructor in Iraq from 1977 to 1979 and as the Defence Adviser at Indian Embassy in Egypt from 1994 to 1998. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and is M Sc, M Phil from Madras University. He is also an alumnus of the Air War College, USA and a Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India. He was the Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters prior to his retirement on 31st December 2007.
On retirement, Air Marshal Gokhale has been appointed Consultant to the Principle Scientific Adviser to the GOI and also to DRDO. For his post retirement contribution in the Indigenous development of Strategic systems and those for Low Intensity Conflict, he was awarded the prestigious Agni award on the National Technology Day 2013. In May 2010, he was detailed as the Chairman with full judicial powers, to investigate into the tragic Air India Express accident at Mangalore in which 158 lives were lost.
Dr. Alam advises The Dialogue on India’s economic policy. He is a Senior Consultant and Coordinator of the UNFPA sponsored research project Building a Knowledge Base on Population Ageing India (BKPAI) at IEG, Delhi. He has more than 42 years of experience in research, teaching, project planning, project coordination, designing and organizing field surveys. He was a National Consultant in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Health (Government of India) from 1983 to 1985 and has published 5 books more than 90 research papers.