Earlier this year, Lt.General Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM made history by becoming the first woman pediatrician to achieve the second-highest post in the Indian Army. 

She The Peope

Lt. General Kanitkar was formerly the Dean of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and currently holds the office for the Integrated Defence Staff, posted in the Chief of Defence Staff, in the headquarters. 


Proudly serving in her olive green for a span of over 37-years in a male dominant field, Lt.Gen Kanitkar has made a mark by becoming India’s third woman to hold the three-star rank. 


Lt. General Punita Arora, who was a surgeon vice-admiral in the Indian Navy and The Indian Army was the first lady officer to be decorated with the three stars. 

Unnati Skills

Followed by Air Marshall Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, the first woman Air Marshal of the IAF and the second woman in the forces to get promoted to a three-star rank. 


As a matter of fact, Lt. General Madhuri Kanitkar is the first lady officer in the history of the Indian armed forces to share the same high-flying, three-star rank as her husband.


When Lt. General Rajiv retired adorning the red collar and the shinning three stars, Lt. General Madhuri picked up the same rank. In fact, during her pipping ceremony, she wore her husband’s cap. They’re literally the power couple of the Indian Army. 


Lt. General Kanitkar broke the glass ceiling a while back when she became the only doctor on the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. 


Not a lot of people know this but she is also the first trained pediatric nephrologist of the armed forces. She has single-handedly setup units to monitor kidney ailments in Pune and Delhi. 

Women’s Exclusive

Lt. General Kanitkar’s key role while serving in CDS will be to ensure optimum utilization of allocated budget, ushering in more synergy in procurement and focusing on the training and operations of the services through joint planning and integration.

With the Supreme Court’s landmark judgment, that ordered the government to grant Permanent Commission to the Women Short Service Commission officers at par with their male counterparts, we hope to see more inspiring leaders like Lt. Gen Madhuri Kalitkar.