Jalandhar, January 25
A fourth generation officer in the Army hailing from Jalandhar, Col Sarfraz Singh has been picked for the prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal to be awarded this year. His name figures on the list of the gallantry and distinguished awardees for Republic Day.
Son of hockey Olympian Col Balbir Singh Kular, Col Sarfraz is from the elite Parachute Regiment of the Army. He is known to be an avid mountaineer, sky diver, scuba diver, rafting expert, cyclist and paragliding pilot.
An avid mountaineer
- Col Sarfraz Singh is known to be an avid mountaineer, sky diver, scuba diver, rafting expert, cyclist and paragliding pilot
- He served as the first director of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied
- Sports in 2017. He is also a proud recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award
- He has scaled Mt Everest, Mt Nun, Mt Trishul, Mt Aconcagua and Mt Kilimanjaro
4 get Police Medals for meritorious service
- PPS officer Mandeep Singh, who is posted as the Commandant at Recruit Training Centre of Punjab Armed Police at Jalandhar, has been selected as the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service
- Hailing from Jalandhar, Mandeep Singh had got recruited in the force in 1988. He has served as the ADCP, Jalandhar City 1, prior to his posting with the Armed Police. He has also remained posted as AIG, NRIs, and
- SP in Phagwara, Jagraon, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala
- Others who have made it to the award list are Inspector Tajinder Singh, ASI Daljit Singh (both from Jalandhar) and Kapurthala ASI Rakesh Chopra
Col Sarfaraz is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, and National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla. He has rich mountaineering experience with the privilege of having scaled the prominent peaks like Mt Everest, Mt Nun, Mt Trishul, Mt Aconcagua and Mt Kilimanjaro. He was the team leader of NIMAS Everest expedition when he scaled the highest peak on May 20, 2018. He is also one of the few mountaineers to have reached the base of Mt Nyegi Kangstang, a virgin 7000-m peak from Seppa in Arunachal Pradesh.
In 2018, he also conducted the first-ever international rafting competition on Kameng river of Arunachal Pradesh. He has also led and cycled the first hight altitude expedition from Bomdila to Bumla pass (15,600 feet) covering a distance of 300 km. Earlier this month, he completed his 2,100-km Indo-China peninsula cycling expedition from Hanoi to Cambodia.
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