PM Heblikar

PM Heblikar retired as Special Secretary, Government of India in September 2010 after over 38 years of service. During his government service, he specialized in insurgency and counter-insurgency developments in India’s northeast region and in its neighborhood. He held several important and sensitive posts in the central government dealing with external security related issues. Following his retirement from government service, he has been writing for security and defense related journals and for leading newspapers and magazines regularly besides participating in seminars and workshops, both in India and overseas. He is currently associated with a team of IT professionals, civil and military officials in the establishment of Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security (CoE) in Bangalore. The main focus is to provide training in cyber security to government and private sector entities as also to create platform for solutions to various problems that confront our national interest. A leading private university in Karnataka has signed an MOU for this purpose and the National Electronics Corporation (NEC) of Japan is on board. There are other international IT giants such as IBM, HP and Hitachi in pipeline to share their expertise and experience. The CoE desires to leverage domestic software and hardware for the purpose thus aiming to create a national template of deterrence and knowledge. He is currently Managing Trustee, Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore (ICSB) – a not for profit think tank specializing in security and strategic affairs. He was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Manipal (Karnataka) and formerly an Adjunct Faculty, International Security and Strategic Studies Program (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore. Besides, he was associated with the Christ University, Bangalore and St. Josephs College, Bangalore in developing a new approach to study of contemporary developments. In Dec 2011, he and two other like-minded individuals started a high end next generation security consultancy company in Bangalore to help bring new synergies to the world of private security and protection. Importantly, the major objective is also to help expand India’s strategic footprints overseas. Details of the company can be viewed on website www.maxgridsecuricor.com . He was a member of the Asia Centre - Bangalore-based. He is a Life Member of the United Service Institution (USI), New Delhi. In April 2015, he was appointed as a Director on the Board of Singapore based Asian Dialogue Society (www.asiandialogue.com). He has connections to the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nangyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Institute of South Asia Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He has delivered lectures at National Defense University (NDU) Taipei, Taiwan and also at the Prospect Foundation, Taipei (Taiwan). Mr. Heblikar was decorated by the Government of India for Distinguished and Meritorious Service respectively during his career. He was educated in Bangalore. He plays golf and badminton for relaxation.

Delhi, India

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