President Pranab Mukherjee on 2 January 2017 appointed Professor David R Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Syiemlieh will take over the position with effect from 4 January 2017 till completion of his term as member on 21 January 2018.
Syiemlieh, who is serving as the Member of UPSC, will succeed Alka Sirohi, a former IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.
Who is David R Syiemlieh?
- David Reid Syiemlieh is an academician.
- He completed his education from Dr Graham's Homes, Kalimpong. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History Honours from St. Edmund's College, Shillong. He also obtained a Master's degree in History, MPhil and PhD from the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
- In 1979, he joined the Department of History, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
- He also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh.
- He is credited with discovering the date of death and other details of the last days of Tirot Sing, the Khasi chief of Nongkhlaw.
- He has served as the Honorary Director of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong.
- He has also been the Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.
- On 5 October 2011, he was appointed the as Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University.
About Union Public Service Commission
- The Union Public Service Commission is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, etc.
- Its charter is granted by the Constitution of India. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled as Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and for each state.
- It consists of a chairman and ten members.
- The Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969 governs the terms and conditions of service of chairman and members.
- The President of India appoints the Chairman and other members of the UPSC.
- Every member of the Commission holds office for a term of six years or until he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.