Dr. Manoj Soni, one of India’s leading educators, will be the new chairman of the Union Public Service Commission. Dr. Manoj Soni joined the Committee on June 28, 2017 as a full-time member. On Tuesday, Dr. Soni takes over the leadership of the UPSC following a swearing-in ceremony presided over by former UPSC president Smita Nagaraj. The new UPSC chairman previously held the position of Vice-Chancellor for three terms.
These include two consecutive terms as Vice Chancellor of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU), Gujarat, from 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2015, and a term as Vice Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda from April 2005 to April 2008. Dr. Manoj Soni was the youngest Vice Chancellor in the history of both India and MSU when he joined Baroda’s MSU.
He is an expert in international relations studies and a political scientist. Between 1991 and 2016. Dr. Soni was vice chancellor of the two universities and also taught international relations at Sardar Patel University (SPU), Vallabh Vidyanagar. Dr. Manoj Soni has won a number of awards and accolades. In 2013, the Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, awarded him the title of “Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge” in recognition of his outstanding leadership in providing IT literacy to underprivileged members of the society. Dr. Manoj Soni received the 2015 World Education Congress Global Award for Distance Learning Leadership from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London, UK.
Dr. Manoj Soni has previously held various positions on the boards of a number of higher education and public administration institutions. Previously, he also served on a quasi-judicial committee established by a Gujarati legislative act. The commission controls the payment schedule for independent professional institutions in Gujarat. UPSC’s official notice stated that two officials from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) will soon become new members of the committee.