Nikhil Kumar

Nikhil Kumar (born 15 July 1941) is a former IPS officer -turned politician hailing from Bihar who was Governor of Nagaland from 2009[1] to 2013 and Governor of Kerala from 2013[2] to 2014.One of country's well known[3]IPS officers of 1963 batch from the AGMUT Cadre Kumar also served as DGP of the National Security Guards, Indo-Tibetan Border Police,[4] Railway Protection Force and Commissioner of Delhi Police.[5]He was elected member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing the Aurangabad constituency in Bihar as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He also served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology.[6]

Nikhil Kumar
19th Governor of Kerala
In office
23 March 2013 – 5 March 2014
Chief MinisterOommen Chandy
Preceded byHansraj Bhardwaj
Succeeded bySheila Dikshit
15th Governor of Nagaland
In office
15 October 2009 – 21 March 2013
Chief MinisterNeiphiu Rio
Preceded byGurbachan Jagat
Succeeded byAshwani Kumar
Member of Parliament
for Aurangabad
In office
Preceded byShyama Singh
Succeeded bySushil Kumar Singh
Director General NSG
In office
30 June 1999 – 31 July 2001
Preceded byTR Kakkar
Succeeded bySh Gurbachan Jagat
Director General ITBP
In office
3 April 1997 – 3 December 1997
Preceded byB B Nandy
Succeeded byPt. Gautam Kaul
Commissioner of Delhi Police
In office
January 1995 – April 1997
Preceded byM.B.Kaushal
Succeeded byT.R. Kakkar
Director BSF Academy
In office
July 1990 – December 1990
Preceded byD.K. Arya
Succeeded byP.Pillai
Personal details
Born (1941-07-15) 15 July 1941 (age 79)
Vaishali, Bihar, British India
Political partyINC
Spouse(s)Shyama Singh
Alma materAllahabad University
OccupationCivil Servant
As of 26 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Family backgroundEdit

Kumar With(R to L) Meira Kumar,Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav & Vijay Kumar Chaudhary at inauguration of S. N. Sinha's statue

He is a son[7][8] of Satyendra Narayan Sinha, who was Chief Minister of Bihar, a veteran Indian National Congress leader and a seven-term Member of Parliament, also from the constituency of Aurangabad.[9]

His mother Kishori Sinha was MP for Vaishali and his wife Shyama Singh also represented Aurangabad in the Lok Sabha.[10]

His grandfather Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha,known as Bihar Vibhuti, was the[11] first Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister of Bihar and an eminent Gandhian; his father "Chhote Saheb" was close in his later years to Jayaprakash Narayan and was one of the most prominent leaders of the anti-Emergency movement in Bihar and also the President of the Bihar wing of the Janata Party in 1977.

His brother-in-law is ex Rajya Sabha MP N. K. Singh, Chairman of[12] 15th Finance Commission of India who has[13] been among country's prominent bureaucrats and served as India's Revenue Secretary and also Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Civil serviceEdit

He was educated at St. Xavier's High School, Patna and then at Allahabad University, where he earned an M.A. in Modern History. He entered the civil service in 1963 and was an Indian Police Service officer assigned to the erstwhile Union Territory of Delhi.[14]

Vice Admiral Satish Soni presenting a memento to the state Governor Shri Nikhil Kumar

He held many important assignments and posts of national importance, in particular Additional Director General, Border Security Force (BSF) (1989–91;1992–94), Commissioner of Police,Delhi during 1995–97.In 1997-99 he became Special Secretary with charge of Internal Security at the Home Ministry. He also served as the Director-General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) & National Security Guards (NSG),a position[15] he held till his retirement in July 2001. He was then appointed Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India (2001–03).He was[16] awarded with the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1977 and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1985.

Governor of NagalandEdit

He took the[17] oath of office and secrecy as the Governor of Nagaland on 15 October 2009.He[18] has been appointed a member of the Committee of Governors, constituted by the President of India to study and recommend measures[19] for enhancing productivity, profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector in India with special reference to rainfed area farming.[20] He has been conferred with the prestigious Neelachakra Samman,during the[21] national cultural festival Baisakhi Utsav at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

Governor of KeralaEdit

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari being received by the Governor of Kerala, Shri Nikhil Kumar, on his arrival at Thiruvananthapuram Airport, Kerala, also seen is the state Chief Minister

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, appointed him as Governor of Kerala[22] on 9 March 2013.He had an[23] illustrious tenure in the state and even in a short time, he was revered as a true "People’s Governor" and left his indelible mark on the people with ease and dignity.His astonishing capability to speak extempore on important policies, in his own inimitable style and his[24] ability to communicate with the masses facilitated his deep and sympathetic involvement in all aspects of the life in the state of Kerala.He resigned as Governor on 4 March 2014[25] to contest the Lok Sabha Elections from Aurangabad in Bihar.[26]

Positions heldEdit


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  2. ^ Official Website The Hindu. "Former Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar sworn in as Governor of Kerala". Official News. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
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  4. ^ FORMER DGS. "NSG". OFFICIAL WEBSITE NSG. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
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  7. ^ Official website. "PM condoles passing away of Satyendra Narayan Singh". PM's Messages. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2006.
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  9. ^ Home Page on the Parliament of India's Website]. "Member Bio Data". Loksabha. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2006.
  10. ^ A.J. Philip. "A gentleman among politicians". The Tribune. Retrieved 5 September 2006.
  11. ^ "First Bihar Deputy CM cum Finance Minister;Dr. A N Sinha". Indian Post. official Website. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
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  13. ^ Prabhu Chawla. "N K Singh:India's supercrat". India Today. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2004.
  14. ^ Home Page on the Parliament of India's Website. "Member Bio data". loksabha. Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2006.
  15. ^ NSG website. "Nikhil Kumar DG NSG". official website. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  16. ^ P Vohra. "Governor Nikhil Kumar". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  17. ^ "ex Delhi Police Chief Nikhil Kumar sworn in as Nagaland Governor". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  18. ^ Official Website President of India. "PRESIDENT APPOINTS A COMMITTEE OF GOVERNORS TO STUDY AND RECOMMEND STEPS FOR INCREASING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY". President's Website Press Release. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  19. ^ "PRESIDENT APPOINTS A COMMITTEE OF GOVERNORS". PTI OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Press Trust of India. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  20. ^ News Website. "Neelachakra Samman Conferred on Nagaland Governor Shri Nikhil Kumar". Odisha360. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  21. ^ IBN Internet News Website. "Nagaland Governor Shri Nikhil Kumar to be conferred with Neelachakra Samman during national cultural festival". IBN. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  22. ^ Official News Website. "Nagaland Governor Shri Nikhil Kumar appointed new Kerala Governor". Official News article. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
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  24. ^ TP Sreenivasan. "Nikhil Kumar:People's Governor". TP Sreenivasan. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
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  26. ^ "Former Kerala Governor to contest Lok Sabha Elections from Bihar". Indo-Asian News Service. Retrieved 6 March 2014.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Hansraj Bhardwaj
Governor of Kerala
23 March 2013 -4 March 2014
Succeeded by
Sheila Dikshit
Preceded by
Gurbachan Jagat
Governor of Nagaland
October 2009 – March 2013
Succeeded by
Ashwani Kumar