United Service Institution of India (USI)

The United Service Institution of India was founded in 1870 by a soldier scholar, Colonel (later Major General) Sir Charles MacGregor. The story of its growth is the story of the growth of the Indian Armed Forces. It was founded for ‘furtherance of interest and knowledge in the art, science and literature of the Defence Services’. The USI Charter states as its aims:

  • The maintenance of a reference and lending library, containing works of professional interest, and a reading room with a wide range of periodicals.
  • The publication of a quarterly journal and papers on topics related to national security.
  • The custody of pictures, medals, trophies or any other item relating to the Defence Services presented to or purchased by the Institution.
  • The organising of lectures, discussions, seminars, conferences and courses of instruction, including correspondence courses, relating to the Defence Services and national security.
  • Other activities which promote the object of the Institution, such as research studies. Three centres have been set up under the aegis of the Institution. One for strategic studies and simulation on issues of national and international security, a second for Armed Forces Historical Research, and a third for United Nations Peacekeeping.
  • Maintaining close touch with other bodies pursuing similar or allied aims.

The current Director of the USI is Lieutenant General PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, (Retd). Lt. Gen. PK Singh was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1967. He retired as an Army Commander (C-in-C) in 2008. He took over as the director of the USI of India in January 2009. He is a member of the IISS, London and Council Member of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He is an Adviser to the Fair Observer, USA.

Lt. Gen. PK Singh has been instrumental in facilitating and making this project materialize. He has been highly encouraging and supportive and without his support this project would not have come to fruition.

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    The Joint USI-MEA Centenary Commemoration project highlights the oft-forgotten role of India in the First World War and commemorates those soldiers who served during the War. The project is aimed at exploring India’s engagement in the war from a variety of perspectives.
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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