Lt Gen PN Ananthanarayanan, took over as the 16th Corps Commander of the Rising Star Corps. General PN Ananthanarayanan is an alumni of the Rashtriya Indian Military College, National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into ‘The 3rd Battalion of the 8th Gorkha Rifles’ in December 1984.
In an illustrious career spanning over a period of more than 36 years, the officer has held various Staff, Instructional and Command appointments. He has commanded his Battalion, an Infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division on the Line of Actual Control. His staff experience includes Brigade Major of Armoured Brigade, Deputy Assistant Military Secretary at HQ Northern Command, Colonel (Quartermaster) at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Major General Administration at Headquarters South Western Command. He has also been an Instructor and Assistant Adjutant at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Senior Instructor at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
The General Officer has excelled in various professional courses during his service and has many achievements to his credit, including attending Defence Services Staff Course, Higher Command Course and National Defence College. Apart from being a Post Graduate in Defence and Strategic Studies and Master of Philosophy in Defence and Management Studies from the Madras University, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Management and Industrial Relations from Symbiosis, Pune. Lt Gen PN Ananthanarayanan has been awarded Sena Medal on the occasion of Republic Day 2019. He was the Commandant of Infantry School, Mhow before assuming the present appointment.