Hyderabad: Air Commodore Vishnubhotla Nagaraj Srinivas, an Air Force officer from Telangana, was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) by President Ram Nath Kovind on Republic Day.

Srinivas is the first officer from Telangana to become Air Vice-Marshal and receive VSM.

Having rich experience in Defence Accounting, Srinivas has authored two books -`Budgeting for Indian Defence: Issues of Contemporary Relevance' and 'Defence Offsets: International Experience and Implications for India'.

Both the books were penned when he was a Research Fellow at Premier Aerospace Power Think Tank, Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi.

Srinivas was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of the Indian Air Force on June 14, 1985, after undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal.

Born in Warangal on August 8, 1963, he did his schooling from Warangal and Hyderabad. He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1983.

The officer holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and M.Sc in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University besides a degree in Law from Delhi University. He is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Tamil Nadu).

"I congratulate the Air Commodore for this rare distinction. Being highly disciplined and sincere officer, his services to the motherland are rightly recognized and rewarded," said Professor Madabhushi Sridhar, former Central Information Commissioner, and Srinvas's friend.

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