Konsam Himalaya Singh - the first Lieutenant General from North-East India

Major General Konsam Himalaya Singh of Manipur became the first Indian Army officer from the North-East to become a Lieutenant General. He was the first army officer from Manipur to get the rank of Major General in 2011. While being Major General, he was conferred the award of Ati Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India in 2013.

Konsam Himalaya Singh was born in Charangpat village in Thoubal district of Manipur to K. Ibopishak Singh.

Singh had his early education at schools in Charangpat village. He joined Sainik School at Goalpara in 1968 and NDA in 1974. He was commissioned to the second battalion Rajput Regiment in 1978.

A graduate of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and National Defence College, New Delhi, he has held many prestigious appointments in a career spanning over three decades.

Singh got his masters in defence studies from Madras University, masters in management studies with distinction from Osmania University and MPhil in strategic studies from Madras University.

He is the senior most serving officer in the army from Manipur. Singh commanded 27 Rajput Regiment during the Kargil war where he was awarded Yudh Seva Medal, a decoration for leading successful operations during war. He has been a battalion commander in the National Defence Academy.

Singh is a skydiver and mountaineer, having participated in the Kanchenjunga expedition in 1987. He was awarded the COAS commendation card thrice and Army Commander’s commendation card once in addition to Yudh Seva Medal.

Maj Gen Himalay Singh is married to Dr (Mrs) Mangala Devi, an accomplished doctor and they have two daughters.