Nagpur: Air Marshal P P Khandekar (Retd) was conferred with the “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” for his distinguished service at a Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 6, 2017.
The Air Marshal (Retd) is a graduate of VNIT, Nagpur and was commissioned in Indian Air Force in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) stream on July 25, 1977. He is a Post Graduate in Industrial Engineering from NITIE, Mumbai, alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Master in Science in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University. He is a fellow of IETE and Member of AeSI, IIE, CENJOWS and CSI.
Air Marshal P P Khandekar has rich experience of aircraft such as Su-7, MiG-23 and MiG-27. He has commanded Air Force Station High Grounds and Air Force Station Kanpur. He has held various prestigious appointments at HQ Maintenance Command, HQ IDS & Air HQ and has the unique distinction of being the first Commandant and Director of MILIT, a tri-service technology training institute. He was posted as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an Operational Command and ACAS (Maintenance Plans) and was Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ Maintenance Command before retiring as Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters
Air Marshal P P Khandekar (Retd) has presented papers at National Seminars and AeSI Chapters on topics such as Blue Print of Strategy for Ageing Aircraft, C412 perspective, Life Extension Programme and India’s Foreign Policy — A Case of Continuity and Change Management & Absorption of Futuristic Technologies, Public-Private Convergence, Higher Education Format to Feed Aerospace Industry etc. At present he is pursuing Ph D with DIAT, a deemed university.
The Air Marshal is married to Manisha Khandekar, a home maker. She hails from Indore. They are blessed with two daughters who are IT Engineers and married.