Born in Tellicherry (Kerala), and alumni of Madras Medical College ,he was commissioned in the IMS on 5th November 1941
He served in Egypt and Arakan (Myanmar) during the Second World War until November 1943, when he was appointed as instructor at Army Medical Training Centre at Pune. Thereafter he held staff appointments at Army HQ, HQ (SC) Pune, and DGAFMS office and also as registrar in Military Hospital Lucknow. During the year August 1954 to September 1955 he was sent to Cambodia as Medical Advisor to International Commission where he did excellent work in organizing medical cover for the various international teams and delegations. By this time he had already qualified as PSC from Staff College Quetta, and in the fitness of things he was posted to AMC Centre, Lucknow (Sep 55 to Dec 58). In the years that followed he served as OC Field Ambulance, OC General Hospital and OC Military Hospital Roorkee, from whence he was sent as Deputy Commandant AMC Centre (South) (Nov 63-Feb 65). The much deserved progress of his career was maintained, and he became Commandant of AMC Centre and records at Lucknow in the rank of Colonel in the 1965. During this tenure the President’s Colours were presented to the Corps in a meticulously organised and executed ceremony at the AMC Centre, Lucknow. This included an impressive ceremonial parade, which was commanded by the then Col PV Ramchandran.
After attending National Defence College from January 1967 to December 1967, he served in a Mountain Division as Assistant Director Medical Services for two years. He thereafter served as DDMS Corps and as ADMS M&G; Area and was responsible for ensuring highly specialized treatment for Indo-Pak war casualties in various military hospitals in Southern Command. Subsequently he served as DDMS Northern Command and Deputy DGAFMS at AHQ (Maj Gen) and as culmination of his illustrious career took over the post of Director General Medical Services (Army) at AHQ in the rank of Lieutenant General in 1976. He was awarded PVSM for rendering distinguished service of the most exceptional order in the year 1977, the year in which he finally laid down his uniform. After retirement he continued to be closely associated with the Corps in his capacity as Colonel Commandant for a period of two years. During this period he provided guidance on a number of administrative issues.
A quote from his citation of PVSM says it aptly “.... he has shown outstanding tact, clarity of thought and correct understanding of complex problems and has contributed greatly in resolving several intricate issues”.
Lt Gen PV Ramchandran, all through his career, was held in esteem and reverence by the members of the Corps, who sought his advice time and again in matters of the Corps.
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