Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair, AVSM, YSM took over as the 21st Director General of the Assam Rifles (popularly known as Sentinels of the North-East) on 1st June 2021. He has rich experience of Assam Rifles and the North East, having earlier been as Inspector General and a Company Commander in Assam Rifles, besides having commanded Assam Rifles battalions as a Brigade Commander.
The General Officer was commissioned into the Sikh Regiment in 1985. He has very vast combat experience having commanded his battalion (18 Sikh) in Siachen Glacier and Assam. He has served in the Army Headquarters as a Colonel, Major General and Lieutenant General. He has also served as Brigadier General Staff in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area and in the Defence Intelligence Agency.
He was the Director General Recruiting, at the Army Headquarters.