Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh (D.P. Singh) has about 34 years of professional experience in different aspects of educational planning & administration, institution building, teaching & training, research & development, international cooperation etc. in various capacities in different institutions including Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) – an Autonomous Institution of University Grants Commission (UGC) & Vice Chancellor of three universities – Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi; Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar; and Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Prof. Singh joined University Grants Commission (UGC) as Chairman on 1st January 2018. Since then UGC has taken several initiatives for promoting quality of higher education. These initiatives are broadly categorized as Regulatory initiatives, Academic & research initiatives and Digital initiatives.
As Director, NAAC (2015-2017), Prof. Singh has been instrumental in introducing steps to enhance transparency and objectivity in assessment and accreditation process; revising grading system to reflect the institutions performance levels more distinctively and strengthening global connect with Quality Assurance (QA) networks and QA bodies of different countries. He has played a lead role for adoption of “Bengaluru Statement 2016 on Next Generation Quality Assurance of Higher Education” during the Global Summit organised by NAAC.