The Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR) was established under the aegis of the United Service Institution of India (USI) at the request of the three Service Headquarters with the purpose of encouraging objective study and research into various aspects of the history of the Indian Armed Forces. Squadron Leader Rana T.S. Chhina (Retd) is Secretary and Editor of CAFHR.

The aim of the Centre is to study the history of the Indian Armed Forces with an emphasis on the following periods:

  • Post Independence.
  • 1900-1947 AD.
  • 1750-1900 AD.
  • Prior to 1750 AD.

Besides providing fellowship grants to encourage the study of Indian Military History, the CAFHR is also engaged in a pro-active approach towards documenting and cataloguing historical records. Towards this end, the following tasks are being undertaken by the Centre :

  • Establishing an Oral Archive.
  • Establishing an archive/data bank of manuscripts and primary records.
  • Working towards formulating and implementing a practical record management policy for the Indian Defence Establishment.
  • Editing of Official War Histories for Ministry of Defence, Government of India (Completed in 2005).
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    The United Service Institution of India
    Rao Tula Ram Marg (Opposite Signals Enclave)
    Post Bag No 8, Vasant Vihar PO, New Delhi - 110 057

    Ph: +91-11-26147464
    E-Mail: cafhr@usiofindia.org