Wellington Cantonment

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Wellington is a cantonment town in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu. It is the Regimental Centre for the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army. One of its most famous residents was Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who died in the town on June 27, 2008.

Wellington is home to The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), a premier tri-service training establishment that imparts training to middle level officers of the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces, friendly foreign countries and various Indian Civil Service departments. The list of alumni of the DSSC at Wellington reads like a Who's Who of the armed forces and includes Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, former Fijian strongman Sitiveni Rabuka, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, head of German special forces Hans-Christoph Ammon, Naval Commander Dhananjay Joshi and former governor of the Reserve Bank of India R.N.Malhotra. The college has a checkered past and traces its lineage to 1905 when it was set up at Devlali. In 1907 it shifted to Quetta, now in Pakistan.The College shifted back to India in 1947 and is now home to the joint services course for the three services under one roof.

See also[edit]