The prestigious Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) is a military award and usually awarded to senior-most officers of the Indian Army for ‘distinguished service of the most exceptional order’ during peace time.
Maj Gen Tej Kaul carries with him the honour of having this medal for gallantry awarded to him by the Hon’ble President of India. For a man who selflessly served the Indian Army for over four decades, Maj Gen T Kaul had his uniform proudly decorated with several glittering medals of honour.
The Param Vishisht Seva Medal was originally instituted by the President of India in 1960 as the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal, Class I’ before it was renamed in 1967.
The PVSM medal received by Maj Gen Kaul is circular in shape, has a gold gilt, is 35 mm in diameter, and has a five-pointed star embossed on its obverse. On its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.
The medal suspends from a straight horizontal bar. The gold coloured 32 mm ribbon attached to it has a dark blue stripe which runs down, dividing it into two segments.
The PVSM can also be granted posthumously, and subsequent awards are represented by a bar worn on the ribbon. The award carries with it the right to use ‘P.V.S.M.’ as post nominal letters to one’s name.
Maj Gen TK Kaul is now the Executive President of IPSI. Receiving so many honours has only humbled Maj Gen TK Kaul, who now is actively endeavouring to establish peace between Pakistan and India through the IPSI.