"It is here at the Staff College, the 'think tank' of the Services, that the middle rung officers of the Indian Armed Forces and selected civil servants upgrade their knowledge from the mechanics of soldiering to the level of conception of ideas in the sphere of military, socio-political, economic and scientific fields, and integrate them into the larger aspects of national life."
Lt Gen F N Bilimoria, Ex Commandant DSSC
The College has a glorious past and traces its lineage to 1905 when it was setup at Devlali, Maharashtra. In 1907 it shifted to Quetta, now in Pakistan. The College shifted back to India in 1947 and is now home to the joint services course for the three services, under one roof. Besides great military leaders, many of those who have graduated from here have become heads of their states, Senior Cabinet Ministers, Chief of Staff, Senior Commanders, diplomats and civil administrators. The list of alumini of DSSC includes HE Olusegun Obasanjo (Pesident, Nigeria, 1999 - 2007) HE Muhammadu Buhari (President, Nigeria, 2015 to date), HE Sitiveni Rabuka (President, Fiji, 1992 - 1999) and HE Gotabaya Rajapaksa (President, Sri Lanka, 2019 to date).