Professor Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University has been honoured with the Padma Shri award this year. Padma Shri is awarded to Indian civilians for distinguished service in any field. The fourth highest civilian award in India was conferred upon 101 people including some popular names like Yuvraj Singh, Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal.
Professor Dinesh Singh earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in mathematics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. After earning an M.Phil degree from DU, he went on pursue a Ph.D degree at Imperial College, London. Following that, he taught at the Department of Mathematics in St. Stephen’s College. He was appointed the Director of University of Delhi South Campus in 2005 and the Vice Chancellor of the University in October 29th, 2010.
Dinesh Singh has been responsible for the implementation of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) last year in Delhi University. He also led the shift to the semester system and introduction of Antardhvani – the annual cultural fest of DU and the Cluster Innovation Centre.
This year’s nominations for Padma awards were shortlisted by UPA government and approved by the President. The awards were presented on 26th January by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan to the 127 Padma awardees this year.
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