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Lt. Gen. (Dr) Rajan S Grewal, AVSM, VSM

Vice Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University

Dr (Veteran Lt. General) Rajan S Grewal, AVSM, VSM assumed the responsibilities the Vice Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) on August 1, 2020.


Dr.Grewal is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.  He was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in 1981. He has been the Professor & Head of the Integrated Dept. of Dermatology at the reputed AFMC & Command Hospital, Pune. He was a MD Examiner, PG Guide, Assessor & Inspector of the Medical Council of India (NMC since 2020) and National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences, including various Universities; and has been an interview panellist at the Union Public Service Commission.  He was elected as the National Vice President of the Indian Association of Dermatologists. He has various scientific research publications to his credit and has contributed noteworthy chapters in reference textbooks.


Dr. Grewal has held many prestigious academic, professional, instructional, command, administrative and staff appointments, including spearheading the ‘highest’ multi-speciality armed forces hospital in Leh (Ladakh) and the ‘largest’ Command Hospital (Southern Command), affiliated as the apex, tertiary care, teaching healthcare institution of AFMC Pune.  He had a successful tenure as  Additional Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (E&S) New Delhi; and Major General (Medical), Headquarters Eastern Command, during the Doklam ‘face off’, followed by Director General (Organisation & Personnel) AFMS, Ministry of Defence and Director General Medical Services (Air Force). He superannuated from service as the Director General Medical Services (Army), on 01 April 2020.


In recognition of his distinguished, meritorious service, Lt General RS Grewal was bestowed with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the Hon’ble President of India in 2019, Vishisht Seva Medal in 2004, Chief of Army Staff Commendations in 1999 and 2012, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Eastern Command) and (Western Command) Commendations in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He has also been honoured with the Award of ‘Teacher Par Excellence’, by Indian Association of Dermatologists and was the recipient of the Dr Ranganathan Memorial Gold Medal and Dr Ferdinand Handa Medal for the best scientific papers in National Conferences.  Dr Grewal was also appointed as the ‘Honorary Surgeon to the President of India’ in 2019. 


An accomplished academician and acclaimed administrator, he has inspired SMU to fulfil the progressive vision and mission of the prestigious Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), with the quantum upgradation of the competitive, educational and qualitative professional indices in an enabling environment. He leads the experienced faculty with sustained emphasis and strategic focus on progressive initiatives with upscaled investments in ethical, value based, holistic education, transformational research and all round development of the personality, character and core values, in the best interests of our students, the society, our State of Sikkim, the North-East region and our great nation. 


Lt. Gen. (Dr) Rajan S Grewal

Vice Chancellor 
Sikkim Manipal University