Ex Governor of Rajasthan

Name - Shri Shilendra Kumar Singh
Date of Birth - 24 January, 1932
Marital Status -


Spouse's Name - Smt. Manju Singh
Children - Two sons
Educational Qualifications -

B.A., M.A. and LL.B.;Read Persian and International Law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

Positions Held

1954 Joined the Indian Diplomatic Service
1956 to 1959

Third Secretary in Tehran; concurrently attended Tehran University for studying the Persian language

1959 to 1964 Assigned to various desks in the Foreign Office in Delhi
1962 to 1968

Member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York.

1968 to 1969 Director Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce
1969 to 1974 Official Spokesman of the Govt. of India
1974 to 1977 Ambassador Concurrently to Lebanon, Jordan and Cyprus
1977 to 1979 Ambassador to Afghanistan
1979 t0 1982 Additional Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India
1982 to 1985

Ambassador to Austria, Indian Governor, IAEA Board of Governors;
Representative to UNIDO; Chairman G -77
UN Offices in Europe

1985 to 1989 Ambassador to Pakistan
1989 Appointed Foreign Secretary of India
Dec, 2004 - Sept. 2007 Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
6 Sept, 2007 to 01 Dec, 2009 (Death) Governor of Rajasthan

Membership of Important Committees

1968-75 National Committee on Science and Technology

Perspective Science and Technology Plan Committee of the Department of Science and Technology and the Planning Commission.


Council and the Governing Body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).


Board of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Governing Bodies of Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and Central Institute of Chemical Technology, Hydrabad.

1979 Regional Imbalances Enquiry Commission, Jammu and Kashmir State

State Planning Board and Heavy Industries Plan Committees, Government of Uttar Pradesh.


University Grants Commission (UGC) and Chairman of the Central Universities Review Committee

  Central Advisory Board of Education.
  Central Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Committee on New Education Policy, 1986 and Chairman of its Sub-Committee on Non-Formal Methods of Education.

1968-continued Member and Patron Delhi Public School Society
  Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India.

Chairman, Review Committee on Unani Medicine, Ministry of Health, Government of India.

1968-79 Chairman, Selection Board of Scientists Pool

Chairman of the Board of Assessment of Educational and Technical Qualification for Employment, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

  The American, British and Indian Chemical Societies.
  American Association for the Advancement of Science.


(i) Research Publications: Contributed articles to many journals and News papers in India and abroad on International relations, Geopolitics and current developments. Frequent television commentator.

(ii) Education : Taught History at Agra University, Visiting Professor and Member of the Academic Council of Jawahar Lal Nehru  University, Delhi.


Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of  numerous culture, academic and corporate organizations.