Major General Madhuri Kanitkar, a former Dean of Armed Forces Medical College Pune, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General in the Indian Army.
Madhuri, who is also a Pediatrician, will be the third woman officer from defence services to assume this prestigious position.
Dr Punita Arora, Vice Admiral, was the first woman from the Indian Navy to be promoted to the three-star rank. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, the first woman Air Marshal of the IAF, was the second woman to get the second-highest rank in the armed forces.
Kanitkar occupied the rank on Saturday following a vacancy, despite being selected for the rank of Lieutenant General last year.
This will also be the first time in the history of the Indian armed forces that a couple will hold the second-highest rank in the armed forces. Madhuri Kanitkar’s husband, Lt Gen Rajeev Kanitkar, retired from the Army recently.
Kanitkar, a trained paediatric nephrologist of the armed forces, has been the key person behind the setting up of Army units to monitor kidney ailments in Pune and Delhi.
Last year, Kanitkar took the responsibility as Major General Medical in Udhampur, after completing more than two years as Dean of AFMC in Pune.