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Meet  UPSC Chairman David Syiemlieh from North East of India


Former President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee appointed Professor  David Syiemlieh as UPSC chairman, organisation which conducts UPSC exam. Mr. Syiemlieh started his tenure from January 4,2017. Prof. Syiemlieh has succeeded Alka Sirohi, a retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Prof Syiemlieh is an ideal as well as good example of a dedicated educationist who despite all challenges, achieved one of the most respected post in the country. The 63-year-old Syiemlieh is from Meghalaya and and was a UPSC member since June 25, 2012.

Mr.  Syiemlieh  is an Indian academician who has contributed a lot for the educational scenario of Meghalaya and the Northeast . He is  post graduate in history from the North Eastern Hill University, and  held various academic positions in the same varsity such as Dean of Students’ Welfare, Registrar, Controller of Examinations and Professor of History. Not only this, Prof Syiemlieh, is  a former VC  of Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh.

He has also authored several books on the history of North East region. He is credited with discovering the date of death and other details of the last days of Tirot Sing, the Khasi chief of Nongkhlaw who resisted British colonial expansion and locating the grave in Calcutta of Thomas Jones, the Welsh missionary who first arrived in the Khasi


Prof Syiemlieh is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Grant for research in the UK; India France Cultural Exchange for research in Paris, and the Senior Fulbright Fellowship for research in the US. He was affiliated to Notre Dame University.

From holding the post of a pro-Vice Chancellor of NEHU to a member of the Union Public Service Commission, Prof David R. Syiemlieh has been appointed as the chairman of the UPSC, becoming the second person from Meghalaya to achieve the feat after Rose Bathew Kharbuli, who was the first woman chairperson of the commission in the 1980s.

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