Gp Capt SS Shastri
Group Captain SS Shastri was commissioned into the Education Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17 June 2000. He completed his schooling under the MP Board of Secondary Education, Bhopal. Later, he pursued Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and went on to obtain a postgraduate degree in Solid State Physics. After Post-graduation, the officer was selected to the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, specializing in radioactive isotopes. Eventually, he was selected for both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force and joined the later.
Beginning his service journey, the officer assumed the role of Senior Education Officer at a premier fighter base in the Eastern sector. He later embarked on an instructional tenure at the Airmen Training School, honing his skills and imparting knowledge. Apart from completing essential service courses, he has also earned qualification in Meteorology and served in Jammu and Kashmir sector. Additionally, he holds a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis University, Pune.
The officer is also trained in the field ofInformation Warfare and Counter-intelligence. He has secured exceptional grading in various service courses, including the interrogation course at AFIS Pune. Demonstrating his leadership abilities, he commanded the Air Force Liaison Unit for a three-year tenure from 2017 to 2020.
Due to his contributions and hard work, the officer was promoted to the rank of Group Captain in 2020 and posted to the Directorate of Education. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Director of the Multi Agency Center (MAC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs, entrusted with the crucial task of dealing with national security. The officer was selected to undergo the 18 Higher Defence Management Course at the College of Defence Management in Secunderabad and was awarded Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree from the Osmania University, Hyderabad in 2023.
The officer is an avid reader and his hobbies include listening to Hindustani and Carnaticmusic, study of Vedic literature, gardening and sightseeing. He holds ‘Madhyama’ degree in Bharatnatyam and was an NCC cadet during his academics.He is an active sportsman and has played Squash and State level Badminton.
The officer is married to Mrs Richa Shastri,a postgraduate in Inorganic Chemistry, who also holds a B. Ed. degree. He is blessed with two sons, who are currently pursuing their studies.