Nepalese Army
Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre

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Col Prayog JB Rana, Commandant (BPOTC)

1. Col Prayog was born on 12th Aug, 1968. He was commissioned into the Nepalese Army in 1987 and was posted to the Shree Nath Battalion.

2. He is a graduate of Army Command and Staff College and Higher Command and Management Course both from Nepal, and also holds Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Tribhuwan University. Among the other numerous courses he has graduated in Nepal are Pl Cdr, Coy Cdr, Junior Staff Course. He has also graduated in Military Police Basic and Advanced courses from India and USA and CBRN Warfare course from Malaysia and USA.

3. Col Prayog has attended Executive Seminar in Near East and South Asia Center at National Defense University, USA and Workshop on Pre–deployment Training to Infantry Battalions before deployment to any UN missions in Vienna Austria, based on MONUSCO, UNAMID and UNMISS model. A module designed by UN HQ evaluated and approved by officers of many member states of UN attending Workshop.

4. Col Prayog commanded the Military Police Company and Bhawani Dal Battalion. He has served in staff appointment at Brigade, Division and Army HQ, i.e as G2 Staff at Far West Division, Deputy Director Public relations at Army Hq, Deputy Brigade Commander at No 1 Bde Hq Balaju He is currently serving as Commandant Birendra Peace Operations Training Center. He also served as Chief instructor at MP school and Directing Staff at Army Command and Staff College for several years. He is decorated with Prabal Gorkha Dashin Babu.

5.Col Prayog has wide-ranging experiences of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. In 1993 he has served in UNIFIL (Lebanon) for six months as an Duty Operations Officer. He served as an UN Deputy Military Personnel and Logistic Officer (Military Observer) in UNAMSIL Serria Leone 1998-99, Battalion Commander NEPBATT -10 in MONUC in 2009-2010 and also served as the the Chief of Military Operations Centre at force HQ  in UN Mandated Multi National Force in Haiti in 20012-2013.

6. A keen sportsmen he has represented the country and army at national level in basketball, swimming and cricket. He is married to Shama Rana and blessed with a 20 year old son Prajesh.

Speech on 50th anniversary

Sixty years ago, a small group of international military observers were dispatched by the Security Council to supervise an uneasy cease fire between the new state of Israel and its Arab neighbors. His first peacekeeping mission was an experiment never envisaged by the founders of the United Nations.

COAS's Speech

"There is no question that as UN peacekeeping continues to evolve, so will the training needs of UN peacekeepers. Hence, peacekeeping training should have a systematic approach in order to develop training standards, policies, guidance and best practices for the trainers. Only the outcome of such training can help to meet the mission requirements."

Coverage of Shanti Prayas III by Nepalese National Media
Coverage of Shanti Prayas III by Nepalese National Media
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