Service No : 999
Last Rank : Lieutenant
Unit : INS Khukri
Arm/Regt : Indian Navy
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Awards : NM
Martyrdom : December 9, 1971
Lt Vinod Kumar Jain was a young officer of the Indian Navy when the war with Pakistan broke out in 1971. He was a brilliant Electrical Engineer who was on board INS Khukri when it was torpedoed on 9 December 1971.
Lt Jain’s academic brilliance was evident right from his early childhood days. When studying in junior classes, with his photographic memory he could recall verbatim the contents of any book page after quietly reading it for a minute or so. And, therefore, no surprise that he got a double promotion and passed matriculation at the age of 13 years in the 1st Division. He continued his studies and joined I.I.T Kharagpur for pursuing Electrical Engineering, from where he graduated with Honours. In his final year at I.I.T., he was selected by Indian Navy, a career that he believed was prestigious and glamorous in preference to other lucrative corporate assignments that were offered to him.
His inclination toward research in Electrical Engineering led to his assignment for a year-long advanced course with the Royal Navy in England. On completion of his assignment, he hired a scooter to tour European countries as the history of the Naval prowess of these countries always fascinated him. When he returned home, he was assigned to the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for a project to improve weapon systems on naval ships.
Lt. Vinod Kumar Jain had always cherished idealistic thoughts and goals in his life which he used to express to his family members and colleagues often. He confided to his parents and rest of the family that he was engaged in very operationally important work for the Indian Navy, and when he would successfully complete it, he would be famous. When his youngest brother was admitted to a Medical College, he sent his brother an air ticket to come and see him in Bombay. Lt. Jain advised his brother, “Don’t be a showpiece in drawing rooms but show to the world that you can do something great. Lt. Jain always had the urge for doing ‘good to others’ and would often extend a helping hand to his colleagues and juniors. There are a number of instances when he sacrificed his belongings to help needy persons.
Lt Vinod Kumar Jain was a jovial, happy-go-lucky man who enjoyed his sessions of dance, music and sports. He was also a true leader and had exhibited leadership qualities even as a child during his stint as a patrol leader of Bharat Scouts and Guides. His multifaceted approach to life made him a favourite of his seniors, colleagues, friends and family members. As a result, his old teachers, class fellows, friends, and neighbors all remember him with profound affection.
On 09 Dec 1971 two ships of the Indian Navy under the command of Captain M.N. Mulla, the senior officer of frigate squadron, were assigned the task of locating and destroying a Pakistani submarine in the North Arabian Sea. During these operations on the night of 9 December 1971, INS “Khukri” was hit by torpedoes fired by the enemy submarine and sank. Lt V K Jain was on board that ship and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Navy.
Lt V K Jain was awarded Nao Sena Medal posthumously for his service to the nation.
Lt V K Jain Memorial Gold Medal
To keep Lt V K Jain’s research endeavors alive, his parents and family decided to institute a gold medal named as ‘Lt V K Jain Memorial Gold Medal’ in his memory, to be awarded to any Naval Officer adjudged by Indian Navy for commendable research in the field of weapon improvement and/or Electrical Engineering for Indian Navy. Till date Lt V K Jain’s family has been keeping this gesture alive and has all the intention to continue doing so.
Commander VK Jaitly2023at2:53 pm
Lt VK Jain, RP/ECE/66, the only IITian (probably) who laid down his life for the nation.
He was in E&ECE department at IIT Kharagpur.
He was on board INS Khukri in ’71 war for trials of an indigenous Sonar. He was not part of the Ships company. He went down like a hero like many others.
I need some photos plus about his parents, brothers and sisters contact points for my book “100 Great IITians: Dedicated to The Service of The Nation”.
Any info about Lt VK Jain will be welcomed. There is Lt VK Jain Gold Medal for excellent R&D work awarded every year to one Electrical Officer every year.
Info can be sent to me at email@example.com
Remember your supreme sacrifice to our great country. Salute you always!
Rahul Jain2023at2:55 pm
Never met this uncle but so proud of him. Even more proud that my father who was also in 1971 war has kept his name alive donating memorial medal since 1971 till date.
My salute to the brave hearts who have Served our country selflessly and continue to do so.
Ruchi diwan2023at2:55 pm
You are always in my heart,l always remember you in all moments my sweet brother.
Nitasha Guha2023at2:55 pm
In reply to Reena Jain.
I remember you as the brother with the loveliest smile and warmest presence. Am so proud of your selfless service to the nation. In death you have made the Jain family proud. Am sure you are at peace Binnu Bhaiya, wherever you are.
Anju varshney2023at2:56 pm
I am proud to be his sister.
Reena Jain2023at2:57 pm
We remember our brother as a very charismatic person. He brought gaiety to any gathering. I am proud that I have the good fortune to have known Binnu Bhaiya.
Surojit Das2023at2:57 pm
We proud of you Lt VINOD.
dr rakesh jain2023at2:58 pm
My dearest brother we love you and proud for your love ,sacrifice.for India.we salute all the
Martyiets who laid down life for us and country
We feel proud of u Lt Vinod. U made great sacrifice for the country.