Dr. Balmiki Prasad Singh
Patron, FNVA – Since November 2013
Dr. Singh was the 14th Governor of Sikkim, India
He is a distinguished scholar, thinker and public servant. He has written several books and articles, among his prominent books are Bahudha and the post 9/11 World and The problem of change: a study of North East India.
He was educated at the University of Patna and Oxford, UK, where he obtained a Master of Arts Degree. He obtained an M.A. in Political Science from Patna University and became a lecturer in that subject there at the age of nineteen.
He was appointed in 1964 to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). An IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, he held the posts of DC, Kamrup, and Home Commissioner, Assam from 1980-82. He had another stint in Assam from 1990-92. He was Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forest (1993–95), Culture Secretary (1995–97) and Home Secretary (1997–99) in Government of India.
As Union Home Secretary, B.P. Singh authored the formula for reorganisation of States under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India.
A keen student of Buddhism, Dr. Singh served as the Chancellor of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, (a deemed to be university), for six years. He is presently the President of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT), Sikkim, a centre for research on religion, history, art and culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Singh has authored several books, articles and monographs on the subjects of culture, politics, public administration and ecology.
Dr. Singh was the Chief Editor of the South Asia Series on “Perspectives on Economics, Technology and Governance” of Oxford University Press, New York.
As an international civil servant, Dr. Singh served as Executive Director and Ambassador at the World Bank during 1999-2002 representing India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and was one of the founder members of the Development Gateway Foundation (DGF) and member, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Washington D.C.
He has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1982–84), Queen Elizabeth Fellowship (1989–90) and Mahatma Gandhi National Fellow (2007–08). He is also a recipient of Gulzari lal Nanda Award for Outstanding public service from the President of India in 1998 and Man of Letters Award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2003.