Manoj Soni takes oath as UPSC chairman

Manoj Soni has previously served as VC of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Manoj Soni takes oath as UPSC chairman Manoj Soni new UPSC chairman (Image: Manoj Soni taking Oath as member of UPSC in 2017. Source: Official Facebook Account of PIB)
Press Trust of India | May 16, 2023 - 3:28 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Eminent educationist Manoj Soni on Tuesday took oath as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Soni, who joined the Commission as member on June 28, 2017, has been performing the duties of the UPSC chairman since April 5, 2022. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy as chairman, UPSC by Smita Nagaraj, senior most member in the Commission, a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

The UPSC conducts civil services examination to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The Commission is headed by a chairman and it can have a maximum of 10 members. There is still a vacancy of five members in the UPSC.

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Prior to his appointment in the UPSC, Soni has served three terms as Vice-Chancellor. These include two consecutive terms from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2015 as VC of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU), Gujarat; and one term as VC of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from April 2005 to April 2008, according to his official bio data. At the time of his joining the MSU of Baroda, Soni was the youngest ever Vice-Chancellor in India and the MSU, it said.

A scholar of political science with specialisation in international relations studies, he has taught international relations at Sardar Patel University (SPU), Vallabh Vidyanagar between 1991 and 2016, except for the period when he served as Vice-Chancellor of the two universities. Soni has earned a number of recognitions and awards and has significant publications to his credit, the statement said.

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