Famous as: Former Prime Minister of India
Birth Date:September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 1.75 m
Born in: Gah
father: Gurmukh Singh
mother: Amrit Kaur
Spouse/Ex-spouse: Gursharan Kaur (1958âpresent)
children: Amrit, Daman, Upinder
Net worth: $100 million as of Apr 21, 2017
education: St John's College, Cambridge (1956â1957), Panjab University, Chandigarh (1954), Panjab University, Chandigarh (1952), Nuffield College, Oxford, Hindu College, University of Delhi
awards: 2010 - World Statesman Award
2005 - Top 100 Influential People in the World
2002 - Outstanding Parliamentarian Award
2000 - Annasaheb Chirmule Award
1999 - H.H. Kanchi Sri Paramacharya Award for Excellence
1999 - Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences
1997 - Lokmanya Tilak Award
1997 - Justice K.S. Hegde Foundation Award
1997 - Nikkei Asia prize for Regional Growth
1995 - Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award (1994â95)
1994 - Finance Minister of the Year
1994 - Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award (1994â95)
1994 - Elected Distinguished Fellow of the London School of Economics
1994 - Elected Honorary Fellow of the All India Management Association
1993 - Finance Minister of the Year
1987 - Padma Vibhushan
1986 - Elected National Fellow
National Institute of Education
1985 - Elected President of the Indian Economic Association
1956 - Adam Smith Prize
1955 - Wright Prize for Distinguished Performance
Credit IBSA-leaders Manmohan Singh by Ricardo Stuckert
India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh is rightly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour.
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; 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.
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.
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 after the 2004 general elections and took the oath of office for a second term on 22nd May 2009.
Dr. Singh and his wife Mrs. Gursharan Kaur have three daughters.