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Former Punjabi varsity V-C HK Manmohan Singh dead

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2016 20:46 IST
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Former vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, HK Manmohan Singh died on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

HK Manmohan Singh, who served as the university V-C from 1989 to 1993, earned a big name in the field of economics, both at the national and international level. He started his career as a non-teaching employee after Partition and secured first position in MA economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He later joined Kapurthala Government College as a lecturer.

He completed his PhD in economics with distinction from the London School of Economics. He also got Ricardo scholarship for distinction in political economy in 1955-56.

He joined the university as head of the economics department in 1964, the position on which he remained till 1982. After his retirement in 1987 from Punjabi University, he was conferred the title of Professor Emeritus.

The Punjab government appointed him as a member of Public Service Commission from 1987 to 1989, following which he was appointed university’s V-C.

Expressing grief over his demise, vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh said a condolence meeting would be held on the university campus on Tuesday.


Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has mourned the death of HK Manmohan Singh. In his condolence message, Sukhbir said that country and has lost a leading economist whose views found resonance at international level in the economic sector.