Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Former PM Manmohan Singh conferred Lifetime Achievement Honour in UK.

  • Former PM Manmohan Singh conferred Lifetime Achievement Honour in UK.
  • The Honour, announced at an awards ceremony last week, will be handed over to Dr Singh in New Delhi by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK at a later date.
  • The India-UK Achievers Honours by NISAU UK, in partnership with the British Council in India and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), celebrate the achievements of Indian students who studied at British universities and the Lifetime Achievement Honour is a nod to Dr Singh’s academic achievements at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • This is the first time the NISAU is introducing the India UK achievers Honours. Over 75 highly qualified professionals will be honored with the award. Number 75 was chosen to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.

Other professionals to be honored

Aditi Chauhan, the Indian Women’s Football Team goalkeeper


Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla


Bollywood Actor Parineeti Chopra

About Dr. Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was born on September 26, 1932, in a village in the Punjab province of undivided India. Dr. Singh completed his Matriculation examinations from the Punjab University in 1948. His academic career took him from Punjab to the University of Cambridge, UK, where he earned a First Class Honours degree in Economics in 1957. Dr. Singh followed this with a D. Phil in Economics from Nuffield College at Oxford University in 1962. His book, “India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth” [Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1964] was an early critique of India’s inward-oriented trade policy.


Dr. Singh’s academic credentials were burnished by the years he spent on the faculty of Punjab University and the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. He had a brief stint at the UNCTAD Secretariat as well, during these years. This presaged a subsequent appointment as Secretary General of the South Commission in Geneva between 1987 and 1990.


In 1971, Dr. Singh joined the Government of India as Economic Advisor in the Commerce Ministry. This was soon followed by his appointment as Chief Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance in 1972. Among the many Governmental positions that Dr. Singh has occupied are Secretary in the Ministry of Finance; Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission; In  1982 he appointed as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India; Advisor of the Prime Minister; and Chairman of the University Grants Commission.


In what was to become the turning point in the economic history of independent India, Dr. Singh spent five years between 1991 and 1996 as India’s Finance Minister. His role in ushering in a comprehensive policy of economic reforms is now recognized worldwide. In the popular view of those years in India, that period is inextricably associated with the persona of Dr. Singh.


Dr. Singh has represented India at many international conferences and in several international organizations. He has led Indian Delegations to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Cyprus (1993) and to the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993.


In his political career, Dr. Singh has been a Member of India’s Upper House of Parliament (the Rajya Sabha) since 1991, where he was Leader of the Opposition between 1998 and 2004. Dr. Manmohan Singh was sworn in as Prime Minister on 22nd May 2004 (13 Prime Minister of India ) . 


After this in 2009 he re-elected as the Prime Minister of India . after that he elected as the Member of Parliament  in the Rajya Sabha (19 August 2019 – Present).

His Awards

  • Among the many awards and honours conferred upon Dr. Singh in his public career, the most prominent are India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan (1987); the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award of the Indian Science Congress (1995); the Asia Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year (1993 and 1994); the Euro Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year (1993), the Adam Smith Prize of the University of Cambridge (1956); and the Wright’s Prize for Distinguished Performance at St. John’s College in Cambridge (1955). Dr. Singh has also been honoured by a number of other associations including the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Dr. Singh is a recipient of honorary degrees from many universities including the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

About UK Life Time Achievement Award

UK Lifetime Achievement Award to honour and recognise outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the knowledge about primary immunodeficiencies, or health and wellbeing of patients with primary immune deficiencies during a career or over a lifetime.


UK Lifetime Achievement Awards will recognise outstanding individuals who have demonstrated sustained or unique commitment to the understanding and/or treatment of patients with primary immune deficiencies over a career or a lifetime.


Awards are for exceptional contribution, and there are no fixed number or frequency of awards


The award is not intended to honour academic contribution alone


Nominees may be doctors, nurses, scientists, patient advocates, or policy makers. 


Nominees must be or have been based in the UK


Nominees should be in the latter part of their career (either active or retired within the preceding two years).


Source : The Indian Express, The Print, NDTV,, oxford university 

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