Major Poonia is an alum of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune (AFMC Pune) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya, Patan, Sikar, Rajasthan. He was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in August 2001. He is currently serving with The Presidents Bodyguard, Rashtrapati Bhawan. Major Poonia,a qualified paratrooper, also served in the UN Mission in Congo and Parachute Regiment’s Special Forces, the elite volunteer force of the Indian Army. The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee felicitated Major Dr. Surendra Poonia, VSM at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 6, 2012 for winning seven medals (two Gold Medals and five Silver Medals) at 33rd World Medical and Health Games held in Antalya, Turkey from July 7 to 15, 2012.
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