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Prof. David R
Syiemlieh to receive Hon. D.Litt. from USTM
9th Mile, Ri
Bhoi, 7 February, 2019: Eminent educationist and Former
Chairman of UPSC, New Delhi, Prof David R Syiemlieh will be
receiving the Degree of Hon. D.Litt. from the University of
Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 11 February, 2019. The Degree
will be conferred at the Central Auditorium of USTM by Shri
Tathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya and Visitor, USTM
in the presence of Shri Lakhmen Rymbui, Minister of Education,
Meghalaya; Mr Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM; Dr P K Goswami,
Vice Chancellor, USTM, apart from others.
A perfect example of a determined educationist who despite all
challenges, rose to achieve one of the most respected post in
the country, Prof. David R. Syiemlieh was born on 22 January
1953 and educated at Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kampong.Prof. Syiemlieh
graduated with history honours from St. Edmund's College,
Shillong. This was followed with the degrees of MA History,
MPhil and PhD from the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
He first taught undergraduates in St. Edmund's College before
joining the Department of History, NEHU, in 1979 and rose in the
profession to become Professor in the Department of History. He
held numerous positions in the University, including Dean of
Students' Welfare; Controller of Examinations; Registrar and
Prof. Syiemlieh was appointed Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi
University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh in October 2011. He was
then appointed by the President of India as Member, Union Public
Service Commission and he held that office till January 2017.
Prof. Syiemlieh was Chairman of the Union Public Service
Commission of India from January 2017 to January 2018.
A gold medalist for securing the first position with first class
at the MA History, 1976, and awarded the J. J. M. Nichols-Roy
award 1976,Prof. Syiemlieh has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow ,
Charles Wallace grantee, and researched on an India France
Cultural Exchange grant.
Prof. Syiemlieh is the author/ editor of several books on the
North East, including: ‘Survey of Research in History on North
East India 1970-1990’, ‘Early States in North East India’,‘On
the Edge of Empire: Four British Plans for North East India’,
‘Layers of History: Essays on the Khasi-Jaintias’.
Prof. Syiemlieh served aspresident of the North East India
History Association (2010) . He was Honorary Director of the
Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern
Regional Centre, Shillong; Member of the Indian Council of
Historical Research, New Delhi and Member, Indian Council of
Social Science Research, New Delhi. Since his retirement as
Professor and Chairman UPSC, Prof. Syiemlieh continues to
lecture on the history of the North East at several universities
and mentors scholars researching on the region. He is currently
engaged in the preparation of two manuscripts.