Prof. Sunaina Singh

Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar

( 15 May 2017 – )

Honorary Professor, Oxford Academic Union (OAU), UK

AUAP Advisory Council Member- (Association of Universities of Asia & the Pacific)


Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR), New Delhi

(2016 – 2020)

Former Vice Chancellor (2012 – 17), The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad

Prof. Sunaina Singh is the Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University, an internationally acclaimed historical university with the Ministry of External Affairs, located in Rajgir, Bihar. Prof. Singh is currently engaged with the naissance task of rebuilding the renowned ancient Nalanda University. The honour of reestablishing the University has been entrusted to her largely because of her compelling leadership. Prof. Singh is among the most prominent leaders in higher education in the South Asian region. A distinguished academician and administrator, she is also the Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); Member, Governing Council, Association of Indian Universities (AIU); Member, Comprehensive Language Policy of India; Member, Bihar State Audit Advisory Board Bihar; Convener, International Dharma- Dhamma Conference 2018 and 2019; Academic Advisor, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards (NCSSS); Member Board of Trustee, India Foundation (a think tank) and Member, Board of Governors Divi’s Laboratories Limited, India.

Currently, a member-designate of several distinguished national and international Academic committees, Prof. Singh is engaged in the challenging task of restructuring and redesigning university pedagogical and administrative systems. Few academics can match her integrity, intellectual caliber, and dedication to teaching, research, and administration. As a Visiting Professor at reputed Universities abroad, she has played a crucial role in drawing the attention of the West towards Indian culture and literature, pedagogical systems, epistemological concerns, and university administration.

Dr. Singh, a Professor of literature and culture, brings with her a rich blend of scholarship, professional integrity, and administrative competence. Her impeccable and proven track record as an able and a visionary administrator has enabled her to excel in her leadership role, a fact acknowledged by the many prestigious awards she has been conferred with. Some noteworthy ones include: International Education Award-2018 (NWSI) awarded in British Parliament, House of Lord’s, London; Bharat Ratan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Excellence Award, 2018(IIFS); Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award, 2018; Education Leadership Award, 2017 (World Education Congress); Bharat Gaurav Award 2016 (IIFS); Chanakya Award for Excellence in Good Governance 2014 (Public Relations Council of India); Woman of the Year Award, 2014 -Citizens Council of A.P.); Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2014 (World Education Congress); Education Leadership Award, 2014 (Dewang Mehta Business School); Awarded International Leadership Certificate, National College, Nottingham, U.K. (2013), Rashtriya Gaurav Award, (2011, IIFS); She was also honoured with a citation by the India-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Calgary, for her initiatives in strengthening bilateral ties and collaboration in higher education, in 2011.

She has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to head, as President of Shastri Indo Canadian Institute, a bi-national research institution with headquarters in New Delhi and Calgary under the MHRD and Canadian Government. As the former Vice Chancellor of English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Prof. Singh has played a dynamic role in streamlining the administration, reinvigorating the academic culture, and bringing about transparency and accountability into the system. These crucial interventions have helped the University steer forward and assert itself as an important institution of higher learning in the Asian region. It is widely accepted that the University has emerged out of a critical period in its history largely due to her determined and indefatigable leadership. It is due to her visionary dynamism that the EFLU has been granted ‘A’ grade by NAAC after a span of 16 years.

Prof. Sunaina Singh, was given the unique honour of presiding the Hon’ble President of India’s Address on “Building a Happy Society” to 126 Central Institutions of the country through the e–platform NKN, on 10 th January 2017. The Hon’ble President complimented her for her endeavor for building a peaceful society.

Inspired by her sterling leadership and by her commitment to philanthropy, a group of citizens have established, as a tribute to her a foundation in her name. Set up in Hyderabad in March 2015, it is primarily driven by her vision of building a better society through the education of girl child from the economically challenged sections of society. The Foundation funds the education of these girls.

Prof. Sunaina Singh has always believed in, and has worked towards setting new benchmarks in both the personal and public spheres. What motivates her in her endeavors in life is the persona of her guru and father Prof. Satyanarain Singh, himself a value driven scholar, a Humanist with innate compassion. As a dynamic leader, she touches many hearts and inspires many minds. She is widely known for her leadership and integrity.

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