ACOAS Biography



Lt General Sitaram Khadka, ndc, psc, MSS, an alumnus of the Nepali Military Academy, was commissioned to the Kaliprasad Battalion (Engineers), Nepali Army, on 4 June 1988. During his 36 years of illustrious military career, he has held several command, staff and instructional appointments at home and abroad, both during peace and times of conflict.

Lt Gen Khadka's command assignments include commander of an Independent Infantry Company, Commanding Officer of an Infantry Battalion, Brigade Commander of an Infantry Brigade and GoC of an Infantry Division. He has also held the appointments of the Commandant of Nepali Military Academy, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mid Command HQ (Ad hoc) and Head of Office of the Corps of Engineers (Ad hoc). As an Instructor, Lt Gen Khadka has served in the Engineer Training Center, Nepali Military Academy, Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School, Nepali Army War College and Army Command and Staff College. Additionally, Lt Gen Khadka has served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Engineers and Infantry Brigade HQs, Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Infantry Division HQ and as a senior Staff Officer in important Departments at the Army HQs to include DGMI, and QMG. He has also worked as; the Deputy Military Secretary, the Military Assistant to Chief of the Army Staff (MA to COAS), the Inspector General in the IG Department and as the chief coordinator in the Secretariat in the COVID Crisis Management Center (CCMC) during the upsurge of the pandemic in 2020-2021, Director General of Military Training and as the Head of Office, National Defense University Infrastructure Development Committee constituted by the Government of Nepal. Currently, he is deputed as the Assistant Chief of Army Staff (ACOAS).

A qualified Paratrooper and Combat Engineer, Lt Gen Khadka's international assignments comprise of his services in UN Missions in different portfolios to include Engineer Officer in United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); Military Observer in United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), and Chief Military Personal Officer in United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). 

The General Officer is an alumnus of US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. His military education includes a wide array of courses both at home and abroad.  In addition, he has also participated in various national and international workshops and professional seminars pertaining to Disaster Preparedness & Response and Civil Military Cooperation in Countering Terrorism. He also served as a key member in National Mine Action Strategy Formulation during the peace process in Nepal. 

Lt Gen Khadka has been awarded with Suprabal Janasewashree, Prabal Gorkha Dakshinbahu, and several other medals. In recognition of his selfless and outstanding services he has been conferred with the COAS Commendation Badge. 

Lt Gen Khadka is married to Mrs. Uma Khadka and the couple is blessed with two sons: Sauhard and Samyam. His hobbies include reading, travelling and playing lawn Tennis.