|Motto||Sanskrit: Yuddham Pragya |
English: To War with Wisdom
|Type||Inter-service institution of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India|
|Established||1905 as the Army Staff College in Deolali|
|Commandant||Lt. Gen. YVK Mohan, AVSM, SM, VSM |
|Students||Personnel of Indian Armed Forces|
The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is an inter-service institution of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India.
One of the oldest military institutions in India, it was founded in 1905 as the Army Staff college in Deolali (near Nashik), and then re-located to Quetta (now Pakistan). After the partition of India and Pakistan, the Indian operations relocated to its present home in Wellington Cantonment in The Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India.
By 1950 it was progressively transformed into a fully integrated Defence Services Staff College, imparting training to Officers of the three services in the company of some officers from the Indian Civil Services, Para Military Forces and friendly foreign countries. DSSC is affiliated to Madras University for award of M.Sc. degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and was recognized as a research institute in 1990.
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