President Pranab Mukherjee on Jan 2nd 2016 appointed Professor David R. Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Syiemlieh is from Meghalaya and was a UPSC member. The 63-year-old Syiemlieh will assume charge on January 4 and retire on January 21, 2018.
As per reports, Syiemlieh was functioning as a UPSC member from June 25, 2012.
Syiemlieh follows Alka Sirohi, a retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.
63-year-old is the second person from Meghalaya to be appointed to the coveted post.
Rose Bathew Kharbuli from Meghalaya was the first woman chairperson of the Commission in the 1980s.
Prof. David Syiemlieh, was also was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University and Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar.
He is a graduate from Edmund's College in Shillong and a PHD from NEHU. He is currently the vice chancellor of NEHU and Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh in AP.
He received the Charles Wallace Grant for research in UK. He is also a Fullbright senior fellow and an author of several books.