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A look at India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's impressive resume as he bids farewell

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 5:20pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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With the 16th Lok Sabha Elections over and Exit polls predicting a clear-win for BJP and Narendra Modi, it is clear that UPA government will be thrown out of power. When Manmohan Singh gave a farewell speech on Tuesday, his entire office gave him an applause and standing ovation. As much prolific as he is, there is also criticism for his 'disdainful and meek' approach in handling official affairs. Add to this, three books that target him over his incompetency and Sonia Gandhi's role in running the government.  

dna looks at India's two-time PM Manmohan sIngh's official CV which looks impressive. Kudos to the leader who chose silence and hard-work than taking jibes at his opposition. After all silence is louder than words and in the world of politics, we rarely see silence and calm approach. 


                                                                                CURRICULUM VITAE
                                                                   DR. MANMOHAN SINGH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA


  • 1962 D. Phil., Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Topic: India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self- Sustained Growth. [Published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1964]
  • 1957 Economic Tripos [First Class honours], University of Cambridge
  • 1954 M.A. Economics, Panjab University – First Class with first position in the University
  • 1952 B.A. Economics (Hons.), Panjab University – Second Class with first position in the University
  • 1950 Intermediate, Panjab University – First Class with first position in the University
  • 1948 Matriculation, Panjab University – First class


  • 2000 Conferred Annasaheb Chirmule Award by the W.LG. alias Annasaheb Chirmule Trust set up by United Western Bank Limited, Satara, Maharashtra
  • 1999 Received H.H. Kanchi Sri Paramacharya Award for Excellence from Shri R. Venkataraman, former President of India and Patron, The Centenarian Trust
  • 1999 Received H.H. Kanchi Sri Paramacharya Award for Excellence from Shri R. Venkataraman, former President of India and Patron, The Centenarian Trust
  • 1999 Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.
  • 1997 Conferred Lokmanya Tilak Award by the Tilak Smarak Trust, Pune
  • 1997 Received Justice K.S. Hegde Foundation Award for the year 1996
  • 1997 Awarded Nikkei Asia prize for Regional Growth by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. (NIKKEI), publisher of Japan’s leading business daily
  • 1996 Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award of the Indian Science Congress Association for 1994-95
  • 1994 Asiamoney Award, Finance Minister of the Year
  • 1994 Elected Distinguished Fellow, London School of Economics, Centre for Asia Economy, Politics and Society
  • 1994 Elected Honorary Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.
  • 1994 Honorary Fellow, All India Management Association
  • 1993 Euromoney Award, Finance Minister of the year
  • 1993 Asiamoney Award, Finance Minister of the Year
  • 1987 Padma Vibhushan Award by the President of India
  • 1986 National Fellow, National Institute of Education, N.C.E.R.T.
  • 1985 Elected President, Indian Economic Association
  • 1982 Elected Honorary Fellow, St. John’s College, Cambridge.
  • 1982 Elected Honorary Fellow, Indian Institute of Bankers
  • 1976 Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 1957 Elected Wrenbury Scholar, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 1955 Distinguished Performance, St. John’s College, Cambridge, U.K. Awarded Wright’s  Prize
  • 1956 Awarded Adam Smith Prize, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 1954 Uttar Chand Kapur Medal, Panjab University, for standing first in M.A. (Economics), Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 1952 University Medal for standing First in B.A. Hon. (Economics), Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Recipient of Honorary Degrees of D.Litt. from :

  • Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Guru Nanak University, Amritsar
  • Delhi University, Delhi
  • Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Mysore, Mysore
  • Kurukshetra University
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala (D.Sc)
  • Nagarjuna University, Nagarjunanagar
  • Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • University of Roorkee, Roorkee (Doctor of Social Sciences)
  • Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University (formerly Agra University) - Doctor Letters degree
  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (Deemed University) D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)
  • Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur


  • May 22, 2004 – till date: Prime Minister of India
  • March 21, 1998 – May 22,2004: Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha (Council of States) Parliament of India
  • June, 2001: Re-elected as member of Rajya Sabha for a term of six years
  • August 1, 1996 - Dec 4, 1997: Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, Rajya Sabha
  • June 21, 1991- May 15, 1996: Finance Minister of India
  • June, 1995: Re-elected Member of Rajya Sabha for a term of six years
  • September, 1991: Elected Member of Rajya Sabha
  • March 1991-June 1991: Chairman, University Grants Commission
  • Dec 1990 – March 1991: Advisor to Prime Minister of India on Economic Affairs
  • August 1987 – Nov 1990: and Commissioner, South Commission Secretary General
  • Jan 1985- July 1987: Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission of India
  • Sept 1982 – Jan 1985: Governor, Reserve Bank of India
  • April 1980 – Sept 1982: Member-Secretary, Planning Commission, India
  • Nov.1976 – April 1980: Secretary, Ministry of Finance Dept. of Economic Affairs, Government of India Member [Finance], Atomic Energy Commission, Govt. of India Member [Finance], Space Commission, Govt. of India
  • 1972 – 1976: Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, India
  • 1971 – 1972: Economic Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Trade, India
  • 1969 – 1971: Professor of International Trade, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India
  • 1966 – 1969: UNCTAD, United Nations Secretariat, New York Chief, Financing for Trade Section 1966 : Economic Affairs Officer 
  • 1957 – 1965 : Punjab University, Chandigarh 
  • 1963-65 : Professor of Economics 
  • 1959-63 : Reader in Economics
  • 1957-59:Senior Lecturer in Economics


  • Leader of the Indian delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Cyprus (1993)
  • Leader of the Indian delegation to the Human Rights World Conference, Vienna (1993)
  • Governor of India on the Board of Governors of the IMF and the International Bank of Reconstruction & Development (1991-95)
  • Appointed by Prime Minister of India as Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (1983- 84)
  • Chairman, India Committee of the Indo-Japan ;Joint Study Committee (1980-83)
  • Leader: Indian delegation to :
  • Indo-Soviet Monitoring Group Meeting (1982)
  • Indo-Soviet Joint Planning Group Meeting (1980-82)
  • Aid India Consortium Meetings (1977-79)
  • Member: Indian delegation to :
  • South-South Consultation, New Delhi (1982)
  • Cancun Summit on North-South Issues (1981)
  • Aid-India Consortium Meetings, Paris (1973-79)
  • Annual Meetings of IMF, IBRD & Commonwealth Finance Ministers (1972-79)
  • Third Session of UNCTAD, Santiago (April-May 1972)
  • Meetings of UNCTAD Trade & Development Board, Geneva (May 1971 – July 1972)
  • Ministerial Meeting of Group of 77, Lima (Oct.1971)
  • Deputy for India on IMF Committee of Twenty on International Monetary Reform (1972 – 74)
  • Associate, Meetings of IMF Interim Committee and Joint Fund-Bank Development Committee (1976-80,1982-85)
  • Alternate Governor for India, Board of Governors of IBRD (1976-80)
  • Alternate Governor for India, Board of Governors of the IMF (1982-85)
  • Alternate Governor for India, Board of Governors, Asian Development Bank, Manila (1976-80)
  • Director, Reserve Bank of India (1976-80)
  • Director, Industrial Development Bank of India (1976-80)
  • Participated in Commonwealth Prime Ministers Meeting, Kingston (1975)
  • Represented Secretary General UNCTAD at several inter-governmental meetings including:
  • Second Session of UNCTAD, 1968
  • Committee on Invisibles & Financing Related to Trade, Consultant to UNCTAD, ESCAP
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Member, International Organizations
  • Appointed as Member by the Secretary-General, United Nations of a Group of Eminent Persons to advise him on Financing for Development (December, 2000)


  • Author of book “India’s Export Trends and Prospects Self-Sustained for Growth” [Clarendon Press, Oxford University, 1964]
  •  Large number of articles in economic journals

S/o. Shri Gurmukh Singh 
Born on 26th September, 1932 
Married in 1958 to Smt. Gursharan Kaur 
Three daughters

Inspiring? Exhilirating? Go ahead and share this prolific leaders resume. India awaits its next Prime Minister with bated breath after counting finish on May 16th 2014. 

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