Lieutenant general J Sikand has taken charge as the new commandant of the College of Military Engineering (CME). He was commandant of the Officers Training Academy at Gaya prior to assuming command of the CME.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Sikand was commissioned in the Bengal Sappers in December 1974. He has served in various command and staff appointments in different parts of the country, including as the military attache in the USA and the Indian Army liaison officer in the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. He did his BTech from the CME, where he has previously been an instructor and deputy commandant.