Major General (Dr) AK Bardalai, commissioned into the Indian Army on 11 June 1977, is a graduate of National Defence Academy, Pune (India) and Defence Services Staff College Wellington (India), and an alumnus of Tilburg University, the Netherlands. General Bardalai was a Brigade Major of a brigade in Sri Lanka, commanded an infantry battalion in Siachen Glacier, and attended Higher Command Course in Army War College (Mhow).
Post his command of an infantry brigade in the mountainous terrain and counter-terrorism operations in upper Assam, he was posted to Head Quarters Eastern Army Command as the Brigadier General Staff (operations). He commanded an infantry division in the western theatre of India from May 2010 to July 2011 and was the Commandant of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan from October 2011 to January 2014.
General has drawn rich experience from his earlier assignments as a UN Military Observer in Angola, Director Staff Duties 3 (UN Peacekeeping) at Integrate Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), a Research Fellow (UN Peacekeeping) with United Service Institution (USI) of India, New Delhi and the Deputy Head of the Mission and Deputy Force Commander in UNIFIL (Lebanon) from March 2008 to March 2010. Post-retirement from the army on 30th April 2014, he is actively engaged with the academic study of UN Peace Operations and is a Distinguished Fellow of USI of India. He holds a PhD in UN Peace Operations from Tilburg University (the Netherland).