His Excellency Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Governor of Goa
Goa University, Goa
Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo is an Indian Police Service Officer of the 1976 batch. He is a Post-Graduate in History. Born on October 15, 1951, Shri Wanchoo has vast experience in the fields of V.V.I.P. Security, Departmental Security (Document & Personnel Security), Intelligence and Counter Insurgency. His main specialization is, however, in the field of V.V.I.P. Security and he is one of the most experienced Officers of India in this difficult and challenging field of work. Shri Wanchoo was the founding member of the Special Protection Group and served in that Organisation twice, before he was appointed as its Chief in 2004. He was Chief of the Special Protection Group for seven years. Having travelled extensively overseas, he has had a lot of international exposure to V.V.I.P. Security particularly during important Global Conferences. For his Meritorious Services, he was awarded the Indian Police Medal in 1993 and later for his Distinguished Services, he was awarded the President's Police Medal in 2001. Shri Wanchoo superannuated from Special Protection Group on October 31, 2011.
Allotted the West Bengal cadre, he served in the State for a brief stint till 1981 before moving to the Central Government to join the Intelligence Bureau. He served in the Intelligence Bureau in different capacities for a total period of thirteen years. In the Special Protection Group he worked for a total of eighteen years. He took over as Governor of Goa on May 4, 2012.