Know your prime minister

May 21st, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Following is the personal profile of Manmohan Singh, who will Friday be sworn in as prime minister for the second consecutive term:
Born : Sep 26, 1932, in Gah, West Punjab (presently Pakistan)

Married : Sep 14, 1958. Has three daughters - Upender, Daman and Amrit

Education : M.A., D.Phil (Oxford), D. Litt (Honoris Causa), Educated at Universities of Panjab, Cambridge and Oxford

Positions Held:

1972-76 : chief economic advisor, ministry of finance

1976-80 : director, Reserve Bank of India; director, Industrial Development Bank of India; alternate governor for India, board of governors, Asian Development Bank, Manila; alternate governor for India, board of governors, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)

Nov 1976-April 1980 : secretary, ministry of finance (department of economic affairs): member, finance, Atomic Energy Commission; member, finance, Space Commission

April 1980-Sep 1982 : member-secretary, Planning Commission

Sep 1982-Jan 1982 : governor, Reserve Bank of India

1982-85 : alternate governor for India, board of governors, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

1983-84 : member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

Jan 1985-July 1987 : deputy chairman, Planning Commission

Aug 1987-Nov 1990 : secretary general and commissioner, South Commission, Geneva

Dec 1990-March 1991 : advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Economic Affairs

March 1991-June 1991 : chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC)

June 1991-May 1996 : union finance minister

Oct 1991 : elected to Rajya Sabha

1991-95 : governor for India on the board of governors of the IMF and IBRD

June 1995 : re-elected to Rajya Sabha

1996 onwards : member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance

Aug 1996-Dec 1997 : chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce

March 1998 onwards : leader of the opposition, Rajya Sabha

June 2001 : re-elected to Rajya Sabha

May 2004 : appointed prime minister of India

Accomplishments:

- Wright’s Prize for distinguished performance at St John’s College, Cambridge, 1955 and 1957

- Adam Smith Prize, University of Cambridge, UK, 1956

- Padma Vibhushan, 1987

- Euromoney Award, Finance Minister of the Year, 1993

- Asiamoney Award, Finance Minster of the Year for Asia, 1993 and 1994

Other Information:

- Professor, (i) Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1963-65 and (ii) International Trade, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1969-71

- Honorary Professor, (i) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1976, and (ii) Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1996

- Author of “India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth”

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