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Vice Chancellor Message

image A former diplomat, Dr Jaspal Singh occupied the coveted position of Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, on December 12, 2007. During his stint as India's High Commissioner to Mozambique and Swaziland, Dr Jaspal Singh played the stellar role of identifying newer areas of cooperation for enhancing the scope and vistas of understanding among the countries concerned. This included signing of agreement for the establishment of Indo-Mozambique Joint Cooperation Commission, Indo-Mozambique Draft Agreement for Cooperation and Indo-Swaziland Trade Agreement. All this in no uncertain terms proved the fact that his selection as India's Ambassador was not just a matter of chance but an unquestionably prudent choice by all means. After securing his Master's degree in Political Science from Aligarh Muslim University, he did his Doctorate from Panjab University, Chandigarh on "The Concept of State as Reflected in Sikh Scriptures and Historical Writings" in 1989. His total 23 years of teaching experience includes 10 years as Head, Department of Political Science at Khalsa College, Dev Nagar, University of Delhi even as he remained Principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi for more than seven years. Dr Jaspal Singh has authored well-acclaimed books including, Raj da Sikh Sankalp, Sikh Dharam te Rajniti, and Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Sadivi Prerna Sarot, besides over 200 articles on Sikh history, religion and on issues of national and international politics thus establishing him as a erudite scholar and exponent of Sikh theology and its practice. A medley of his presidential and keynote addresses at various national and international seminars and conferences have earned him the distinction of a versatile genius. Few of them include: Craw of Sikh Identity at Michigan University, USA, Global View of Guru Nanak at Wisconsin University, USA, Nature of Monarchy under Maharaja Ranjit Singh during Bi-centenary Celebrations in UK, International Peace through Religious Cooperation: Sikh Perspective in the International Conference on Religious Cooperation at Taipei, Taiwan, The Religious Ethic ana Rights at Kathmandu, The Concept of Compassion and its Importance in the 21st Century, organised by Kagyu Yeshe Gatsal Buddhist Trust and Shri Aurobindo Society, Political Concerns in Guru Granth Sahib, and Philosophy of Dasam Granth. Dr Jaspal Singh has been bestowed with a lot many fellowships, awards and honours by various national and international institutions including Best Prose Award by Punjabi Academy, Delhi, Vismad Naad Fellowship by International Gurmat Institute, Nishan-e-Khalsa presented at Anandpur Sahib during Tercentenary Celebrations, 1999, Punjabi Parchar Parsar Award by Punjabi Academy for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Punjabi Language and Culture. Dr Singh has also remained General-Secretary of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Founder Member of Punjabi Academy, Delhi, Member, Board for Centre for Dalits and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Chairman, Harkrishan Public School, New Delhi.