Prof. David R Syiemlieh Conferred Hon. D.Litt.
9th Mile, Ri
Bhoi, 12 February, 2019: Meghalaya Governor
Shri Tathagata Roy conferred Hon. D.Litt. Degree
upon eminent educationist and Former Chairman of
UPSC, New Delhi, Prof David R Syiemliehat the
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on
11 February for his exceptional and outstanding
contributions to the world in the field of
academic development, policy formulation and
implementation. The Degree was conferred at the
Central Auditorium of USTM by the Hon’ble
Governor of Meghalaya and Visitor, USTM in the
presence of Shri Lakhmen Rymbui, Minister of
Education, Meghalaya; Mr Mahbubul Hoque,
Chancellor, USTM; Lt Gen Zamir Uddin Shah, Pro
Chancellor, USTM; Dr P K Goswami, Vice
Chancellor, USTM, apart from others.
Accepting the award, Prof. Syiemlieh thanked
USTM and said that academic work must be
accompanied by a human touch as it should be
beneficial for the betterment of humanity. A
perfect example of a determined educationist who
despite all challenges, rose to achieve one of
the most respected post in the country, Prof.
David R. Syiemlieh was born on 22 January 1953
and educated at Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kampong.Prof.
Syiemlieh graduated with history honours from
St. Edmund's College, Shillong. This was
followed with the degrees of MA History, MPhil
and PhD from the North-Eastern Hill University,
Shillong. He first taught undergraduates in St.
Edmund's College before joining the Department
of History, NEHU, in 1979 and rose in the
profession to become Professor in the Department
of History. He held numerous positions in the
University, including Dean of Students' Welfare;
Controller of Examinations; Registrar and
Prof. Syiemlieh was appointed Vice-Chancellor,
Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal
Pradesh in October 2011. He was then appointed
by the President of India as Member, Union
Public Service Commission and he held that
office till January 2017. Prof. Syiemlieh was
Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission
of India from January 2017 to January 2018.
A gold medalist for securing the first position
with first class at the MA History, 1976, and
awarded the J. J. M. Nichols-Roy award
1976,Prof. Syiemlieh has been a Senior Fulbright
Fellow , Charles Wallace grantee, and researched
on an India France Cultural Exchange grant.Prof.
Syiemlieh is the author/ editor of several books
on the North East, including: ‘Survey of
Research in History on North East India
1970-1990’, ‘Early States in North East
India’,‘On the Edge of Empire: Four British
Plans for North East India’, ‘Layers of History:
Essays on the Khasi-Jaintias’.
Prof. Syiemlieh served aspresident of the North
East India History Association (2010) . He was
Honorary Director of the Indian Council of
Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional
Centre, Shillong; Member of the Indian Council
of Historical Research, New Delhi and Member,
Indian Council of Social Science Research, New
Delhi. Since his retirement as Professor and
Chairman UPSC, Prof. Syiemlieh continues to
lecture on the history of the North East at
several universities and mentors scholars
researching on the region. He is currently
engaged in the preparation of two manuscripts.