Manmohan Singh who was the 13th Prime Minister of India, is also a well-known economist. He was the only PM after Jawaharlal Nehru who was elected again as the Prime Minister after the Five Year Term. He served as the prime minster of India for a period of 10 years that is 2004 – 2014. He was preceded by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004 and was succeeded by the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a landslide victory in 2014. He also worked as a minister of finance from the year 1991 to 1996 in the tenure of P.V Narasimha Rao as the Prime Minister.
Here are the eleven important facts about Dr. Manmohan Singh that you need to know:
Declined the offer made to join the Government by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru: While Manmohan Singh was teaching his student in Amritsar, he did have the opportunity of joining politics when his neighbour and well know person Mulk Raj Anand took him to meet Pandit Nehru. But he declined the offer that was given by them. He had let gone this opportunity in order to honour the commitment he had made to teach his students in a college at Amritsar.
Left his job opportunity of getting into UN just to work in the Delhi School of Economics: After completing his DPhil, he worked for the United Nations conference on trade development from a period of 1966 to 1969. He had been working under three well known economists Raul Prebisch, after which he got to work as a lecturer in Delhi School of Economics.
Cambridge Facts: He was one of the most qualified Prime Minister of India. It was because of the scholarship that he had got to study in Cambridge University for his masters in economics. At Cambridge he also received the wright prize for his best performance in the year 1955 and 57.
PHD from Oxford University: As said above he was the most qualified head of the state. If found that this degree was not enough he went ahead and completed his PHD from the oxford university. He has also successfully completed his DPHIL from Nuffield College again through scholarships.
Completed His Studies in a Dim Light of Kerosene: Manmohan Singh has always attributed the success that he has gained in education. Having to be born in village where there was no electricity it was never that easy to reach the place he has been today. It is believed that he studied in a very dim light of kerosene, and as it is never that easy he could have given up but did not. Instead completed his studies and turned out to be a most successful and recognized person today.
Walked many Kilometres when in school: He was born to a modest family and had lived a village life for a period of 12 years. And this is something that did not make much differences to him. As education was something that was important for him he walked miles to reach his school every day. Who knew that he would grow up and become the Prime Minister of India.
Professor at the Delhi School of Economics: When Manmohan Singh returned back to India in the year 1969, after working for the United Nations Conference of trade and development, he joined the Delhi School of Economics as a professor of International trade. He worked from the year 1969 to 1971.
Publications: Considering the fact that Man Mohan Singh was an economist, he got out a large number of articles in economics, and had them published in various books and journals. He has also written a book called India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth which is actually based on his doctorate thesis. So apart from an economist he is a writer too.
Stint with Reserve Bank of India: Since the Reserve Bank of India has been controlling the monetary policy of the Indian Rupee, it is definitely not surprising that Man Mohan Singh was a part of it. He served as the RBI Director from the year 1976 to 1980 and was later made as the Governor of RBI from the year 1982 -1985.
Economic Crisis: Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh was the only man who led India successfully from the economic crisis in the year 1991.
Honorary Degrees of D. Lit: Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh Has Gained 14 Honorary Degrees of D. Lit From the Following Universities:
- Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Delhi University, Delhi
- Punjab University, Chandigarh
- Kurukshetra University
- Guru Nanak University, Amritsar
- Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
- University of Bologna, Italy
- Nagarjuna University, guntur
- University of Roorkee, Roorkee (Doctor of Social Sciences)
- Bhimrao Ambedkar University (formerly Agra University) – Doctor Letters degree
- University of Mysore, Mysore
- Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi
- Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (Deemed University) The Original Shave Club. (Honoris Causa)
- Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala