A mechanical engineering graduate from IIT BHU, India., Air Commodore Kumar served as an aeronautical engineer with the Indian Air Force for 34 years; experienced in conceptualizing aviation safety systems; procurement, management & optimization of extremely valuable and complex resources in large organizations. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) a Presidential Medal for distinguished service of a high order.
Air Commodore Kumar is also a resource person with the United Nations Environment Programme for protection of the Ozone Layer. His first work on the subject has been published by UNEP in the form of a book on ozone protection – ‘Toolkit of Good Practices for Defence Forces’. His second book ‘Environment Change and National Security’ explored linkages between climate change and human security. The third book ‘Resource Optimisation through Environment Leadership’ focuses on dealing with the subject of environment change in an unconventional manner to achieve buy- in with the stakeholders especially the military.
His focus areas also include energy conservation and technology management in defence forces. He has presented research papers on the subject at both national and international levels.
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