David R. Syiemlieh Former Member and Chairman, Union Public Service Commission
David R. Syiemlieh joined the Department of History, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in 1979. He was the Head of the Department of History, 2002–2005. He was Honorary Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research–North Eastern Regional Centre (ICSSR-NERC). A member and for many years treasurer and secretary of the North East India History Association, he was nominated in 2005 as Council Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi and served two terms as Member of the ICHR. Professor Syiemlieh is also former Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University. He has won numerous awards and scholarships such as J.J.M. Nichols- Roy Award; National Scholarship; Jawaharlal Nehru Book Award and NEHU Gold Medal for First Position in MA; Charles Wallace India Trust Grant; India-France Cultural Exchange Programme; and Senior Fulbright Fellowship at Notre Dame University, USA.
Professor Syiemlieh has edited numerous books including volumes of Proceedings of the North East India History Association. With numerous published articles in journals/edited volumes, some of his authored books include British Administration in Meghalaya (1989), A Brief History of the Catholic Church in Nagaland (1990), They Dared to Hope (1999) and Survey of Research in History on North East India 1970–1990 (2000). Professor Syiemlieh was Member and Chairman, Union Public Service Commission. He demitted office in January 2018.