“You did not complete writing my qualifications,” cautions Surinder Pal Singh, 53, when the conversation started shifting from his education to some other issue. This soft-spoken Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ambala (reserved) insisted that we write all his degrees and diplomas.
Besides having a BSc in agriculture from Hisar Agricultural University (HAU) and post-graduation in sociology from Punjabi University, he has diplomas in Buddhist studies, banking and finance, counselling and behavior modification, and one on antimoney laundering.
Also, he is a Junior Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (JAIIB), Certified Insurance Facilitator (CIF) and Associate of Mutual Fund of India (AMFI).
He joined the banking sector in 1985 but took voluntary retirement in August 2013 to devote his time to the NGO Haryana Insaaf Society that he had formed in 2011. “My tryst with social issues started in 2009 when we for med the Democratic Forum.
We organised public support for justice for Ruchika,” says Singh, who resides in Panchkula. Former DGP SPS Rathore was convicted for molesting Ruchika, who had later committed suicide; the appeal is pending before the Supreme Court.
Having been associated with the Leftist group Student Federation of India (SFI) in his college days, he says, “It was after long discussions that I decided to join the AAP in January this year.”