The English and Foreign Languages University
(A Central University established by an Act of Parliament)
Hyderabad - 500 007
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
New Delhi - 110002
As the head of a National University, Professor Sunaina Singh is among the most prominent women Vice Chancellors in the South Asian region. A distinguished academician and administrator, she also holds the position of Vice President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to head as the President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the bi-national research institution with headquarters in New Delhi and Calgary.
Prof Singh brings with her a rich blend of scholarship, professional integrity, and administrative competence. Her impeccable and proven track record as an able and a visionary administrator has enabled her to excel in her leadership role, a fact acknowledged by the many prestigious awards she has won. These awards include the:
100-Most Influential Vice Chancellors, 2016 (World Education Congress)
Bharat Gaurav Award, 2016 (presented by India International Friendship Society)
Chanakya Award for Excellence in Good Governance, 2014 (Public Relations Council of India)
Woman of the Year Award, 2014 (Citizens Council of Andhra Pradesh)
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2014 (World Education Congress)
Education Leadership Award, 2014 (Dewang Mehta Business School)
Rashtriya Gaurav Award, (2011, IIFS). Her acumen as an administrator and leader has been suitably endorsed by the Certificate of International Leadership from National College, Nottingham, UK.
Prof. Singh was nominated, by ICCR in 2010, to the India Studies National Chair at Shanghai University, China. In 2005, she received the Postdoctoral Faculty Research Award from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada, and in 1984, the Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship Award. Currently, a member-designate of several distinguished national and international Academic committees, Prof. Singh is engaged in the challenging task of restructuring and redesigning university pedagogical and administrative systems.
As the Vice Chancellor of English and Foreign Languages University, Prof. Singh (since May of 2012) has played a dynamic role in streamlining the administration, reinvigorating the academic culture, and bringing about transparency and accountability into the system. These crucial interventions have helped the University steer forward and assert itself as an important institution of higher learning in the Asian region. It is widely accepted that the University has emerged out of a critical period in its history largely because of her determined and compelling leadership.
During her tenure as President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (a Bi-National Institution), between 2009 and 2011, Prof. Singh launched path-breaking initiatives that heralded a new vision and outlook for this international organization. As an acknowledgement of her outstanding contribution to the area of bilateral collaboration in education, she was invited to participate in the closed Educational Round-table with the then Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, during his visit to India in 2009. She was also honoured by the India-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Calgary, for her initiatives in strengthening bilateral ties and collaboration in higher education, in 2011.
An acclaimed Professor of English Literature and an able administrator, Prof. Singh presents a rare blend of excellence in the area of higher education. In both her roles, as an academic and as an administrator, her focus has always been on quality. Few academics can match her integrity, intellectual caliber, and dedication to teaching, research, and administration. As a Visiting Professor at reputed Universities abroad, she has played a crucial role in drawing the attention of the West towards Indian culture and literature, pedagogical systems, epistemological concerns, and, of course, university administration.
Inspired by her pioneering work and visionary leadership in the field of higher education, and by her commitment to philanthropy, a group of citizens have established a foundation in her name. The Prof. Sunaina Singh Foundation, set up in Hyderabad in March 2015, is driven by her vision of building a better society through the education of girl child —from the deprived and marginalized sections of society. The Foundation is indeed a fitting tribute to her dynamism.
An acclaimed scholar, accomplished teacher, Prof. Sunaina Singh has always believed in, and has worked towards setting new benchmarks in both the personal and public spheres. An empathetic leader, she touches many hearts and inspires many as dynamic leader. She is widely known for her leadership and integrity.