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GND University Amritsar Vice Chancellor Appointed VC Central University in Punjab
Los Angeles, March 02, 2009
Inder Singh

Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University and Internationally renowned scientist has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of new Central University in Punjab.

Last year in October, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal for twelve new central varsities; one of them to be established in Punjab. The Cabinet also approved a budget of Rs.3,280 crores during the 11th Five Year Plan for setting up of the new universities. Both houses of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Central Universities Bill, 2009, last month.

Dr. Singh was appointed Vice Chancellor of GND University on July 22, 2006, for a period of three years and his term was to end on July 22 this year. However, due to his appointment as VC of the Central University, Dr. Singh demitted his office as VC of GND University on March 1, 2009 to join the Central University.

During his term as VC, Dr. Singh was responsible for promoting scientific research and creating academic environment which lead to academic excellence. He also upgraded infrastructure in the university and provided transparent and efficient administration.

Dr Singh did his doctorate from AIIMS in 1973 and joined GND varsity the same year. He was elevated to the post of Professor in 1986 and later, head, Department of Human Genetics. He also held the positions of dean, Academic Affairs and dean, Faculty of Life Sciences. He set up the first independent Department of Human Genetics in India at this university and also established a unique internationally reputed Centre for Genetic Disorders, a first in any Indian university.

Dr. Singh is considered to be the pioneer in India in human genetics: prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of genetic diseases. Recently, a team led by Dr. Singh and supported by scientists from the National Institute of Health, USA, and the Institute of Human Genetics, Berlin, Germany, after 15 years of research, made major breakthrough by identifying three new cataract-causing genes in Indian families.

A FIMSA recipient, Dr Jai Rup Singh, had stint as scientific advisor of the GENDIA International Foundation, USA; chairman of the Indian Genetic Alliance for the Prevention of Genetic Disorders and Care of the Families; and president of the Indian Society of Human Genetics (2001-02). Besides, he has also represented Asia as vice-president of the International Genetic Alliance, USA; the World Eye Foundation India; and the International Association of Human Biologists.

Dr Singh has published three scientific books, 11 manuals and over 80 research publications. He has guided over 50 students for PhD, MPhil, MD and MSc. He had successfully organized four international symposia on human genetics and 12 training workshops. He has also organized free diagnosis of genetic diseases like thalassemia and also providing genetic diagnosis, counseling and guidance to patients since 1973. He has delivered lectures at the invitation of WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, EU, and many other international bodies. He has been a Visiting Professor at various European and South American Universities.

Dr Singh had been honored with various medals and awards in recognition of his commendable services in the field of human genetics.

Dr Jai Rup Singh is the son of eminent Punjabi scholar, late Prof Pritam Singh, and grandson of Sikh scholar late Prof. Sahib Singh.



Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University and Internationally renowned scientist has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of new Central University in Punjab.