North-Western Division





The North Western Division Headquarters, with the motto, "Sadaiba Samarpit Desh Prati” was established on 29thNov, 2001 (14th Mangsir, 2058) with the name of Western Division at Nepalgunj, Banke. The Western Division was renamed as Mid Western Division and was shifted to Tribhuvan Sainik Shivir, Surkhet on 23rd Oct, 2005 (6th Kartik, 2062). The Mid Western Division has been once again re-organized and renamed as the North Western Division in Nimare Barrack, Surkhet on 16th July, 2017(1st Shrawan, 2074). Maj Gen Sadip Bahadur Shah was the first General Officer Commanding (GOC) of this division and Major General Hira Lal Joshi is the current GOC.

The successive GOCs of this division were Maj Gen Sadip Bahadur Shah(Retd.), Maj Gen Govinda Bahadur Gurung (Retd.), Maj Gen Bala Nanda Sharma (Retd.), Maj Gen Rukmangath Katawal (Retd.), Maj Gen Dipak Bikram Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung (Retd.), Maj Gen Ananta Bahadur Thebe (Retd.), Maj Gen Pradip Jung Thapa (Retd.), Maj Gen Keshav Raj Mahat (Retd.), Maj Gen Pradip Bikram Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Rajendra Bikram Shah (Retd.), Maj Gen Rajendra Bahadur Karki (Retd.), Maj Gen Shekhar Singh Basnyat, Maj Gen Shamsher Thakurathi, Maj Gen Karmendra Bikram Limbu and Maj Gen Saroj Pratap Rana.

Biography of Major General Hira Lal Joshi

Major General Hira Lal Joshi

Su Prabal Janasewa Shree, Major General Hira Lal Joshi RCDS, PSC, MPA, son of the Late Mr. Ram Chandra Joshi and Mrs. Chandra Kanta Joshi was born on 1st May 1967 in Baaral Gaow, Doti. He joined the Nepali Army in 1988. He was commissioned from the Nepali Military Academy into Shree Devidutta Battalion on 26th October, 1989.

General Officer is an alumnus of Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri and Royal College of Defense Services, UK. He holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, International Security Strategy from King’s College, UK, Strategic Security Studies from National Defense University, USA, and Defense and Strategic Studies from Madras University, India.

During his illustrious career the General Officer has completed various professional courses both home and abroad, among which to mention a few are: Command and Staff Couse, Nepal, Defense Services Command and Staff Course, India, Counterterrorism Fellowship Program, USA, Higher Command, Nepal, Senior Command, India, War Course, UK, and UN Senior Mission Leadership Course, Kenya. He has also visited countries: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and USA for various military related seminars.

In his 34 years' service career he has a wide range of experience of various command, staff and instructional appointments. He has successfully commanded Shree Devidal Company (Infantry) as a Company Commander, Shree Kalijung Battalion (Infantry) as a Battalion Commander, No. 5 Brigade as Brigade Commander, General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-Chief), Western Command Headquarter and currently as Division Commander of North West Division Hq at Nimare, Surkhet. As a Commandant, he has served Birendra Peace Operation Training Center (BPOTC), Panchkhal and Army Command & Staff College (ACSC), Shivapuri. His significant responsibility at Army Headquarters includes his appointments as Director of Peace Operations Directorate, Director General of Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS) Division and other important staff appointments. He was Instructor in Nepali Military Academy, Kharipati and Directing Staff in the Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri.

Major General Joshi also commanded a Force Reserve Battalion in the UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) in 2009. He has served in the UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as a Staff Officer to the Military Adviser to Force Commander in 1994 and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) as Military Observer in 2004.

He has been awarded with a decoration for valor, “Nepal Tara IV”. He is happily married to Mrs Anita Joshi and the couple is blessed with daughter Ojaswi and son Awanish. His hobbies include cycling, trekking and reading books.

Army Commanders North-Western Division

Lt Gen Sadip Bahadur Shah(Retd)

Maj Gen Govinda Bahadur Gurung(Retd)

Lt Gen Bala Nand Sharma(Retd)

Gen Rukmangath Katawal(Retd)

Maj Gen Dipak Bikram Rana(Retd)

Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung(Retd)

Maj Gen Ananta bahadur Thebe(Retd)

Maj Gen Pradip Jung Thapa(Retd)

Maj Gen Late Keshav Raj Mahat(Retd)

Maj Gen Pradip Bikram Rana(Retd)

Maj Gen Rajendra Bikram Shah(Retd)

Maj Gen Rajendra Bahadur Karki (Retd)

Maj Gen Shekhar Singh Basnyat

Maj Gen Shamsher Thakurathi(Retd)

Major General Karmendra Bikaram Limbu

Maj Gen Saroj Pratap Rana