Journey of a Man from a Village to the Corridors of Bureaucracy
| Dr. Sonali Mishra, Special Correspondent, IOP - 01 Sep 2020


Journey of a Man from a Village to the Corridors of Bureaucracy

By Dr. Sonali Mishra

“It is truly said, that hard work creates luck. The harder we work the more luck we have. Good things happen to good people and the more work we put in the more luck and the more success we will get out. It was true for Mr. Sahdev Singh too.

Hailing from a small village AMRU Tehsil in District Palwal Haryana, studied in a Government Primary school with no proper Infrastructure, no toilets, water facilities, taking classes on TAT/Chatai (handmade carpet) walking for a long distance bare foot to reach the school, Mr. Sahdev Singh has become an inspiration to the today's youth of this country since they are the future, who will take the country to a path of success and development.

It is said that, whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. Mr. Sahdev Singh, regardless of his matrix, followed the path of success and achievement.

An ambitious and hardworking person, Mr. Sahdev Singh who has become an inspiration to many, was born in April, 1968.

Facing all the tough conditions Mr. Sahdev Singh, started his life from the roots of the village to serving the Indian Government from past 20 years with an excellent service record.

He joined the Indian Government services immediately after qualifying the 10th class. He served as Personal Assistant, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and later on as a Section Officer in the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.

A Central Secretariat Service cadre officer, Mr. Sahdev Singh is at present serving as Under Secretary in the Department of Justice, Law & Justice/Ministry of Home Affairs, to the Government of India.

Earlier he was on deputation as Assistant Commissioner / Deputy Assessor & Collector, in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Mr. Sahdev Singh did his MA in History and LLB from Delhi University. Then he went to Malta & London to do his LLM in International Maritime Laws from IMO - IMLI. He has also done Post Graduate Diplomas in- Constitutional Law, Parliamentary Procedures & Institutions and International Law and Diplomacy. In brief, Mr. Singh has got various degrees of MMA, LLB (DU), LLM (Malta-London) PGDCL, PGDP I&P, PGDI L&D, and Fellowship, PGDI AL, Paris. 

Being so much educated and an intellect he has attended many short courses, meetings, workshops and conferences at various renowned institutions and educational centres. He visited about 10 countries. 

He believes in the wisdom words of Swami Vivekananda, who has said, "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."

In recent past, he was working as Under Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, in the Government of India.

In the Ministry Of Shipping, Mr. Sahdev Singh was dealing with matters relating to maritime shipping and navigation, provision of education and training for the mercantile marine, Lighthouses and lightships, administration of the Merchant Shipping Act, Indian Ports Act, 1908, (15 of 1908) and the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 (38 of 1963) and ports declared as major ports.

However, in the department of Higher Education, in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Mr. Sahdev Singh was working as Under Secretary (University  Branch) in Higher Education Bureau, Department of Higher Education, which is responsible for constitution, appointment of Vice-Chancellors of Central /State / Private Universities  and  Deemed–to be–Universities. He was also dealing with the matters of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Indian Research councils i.e. ICSSR, ICPR, ICPHR, which are engaging in research work relating to social, historical, philosophical, etc.

Mr. Sahdev Singh has delivered lectures as Visiting Faculty at Indian Maritime University (IMU), Chennai (a Central University established by M/o Shipping, GOI) relating to Maritime Law to LLM students.

MHRD also permitted him to deliver lectures at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar regarding Environmental Law to M.Phil/Ph.D students

Sometimes the inspiration you need to achieve your dreams can be found in a few simple words of wisdom. And Mr. Sahdev Singh possesses that wisdom. He believed in simply following the basic words of wisdom, like hard work, sincerity, discipline etc.

According to John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

Mr. Singh is a leader who has always tried to do the right things in the right direction. He has tried to create a vision that is inspiring either directly or indirectly to coach his teams and make them stronger.

Thus, his leadership style has always created an inspiring vision for the future, motivated and inspired his juniors, colleagues and known to engage with his vision and work effectively to achieve the vision.

Mr. Singh has proved himself as a leader, who wishes and works for the society, regardless of his wondrous achievement.

“Engaging in community service provides me the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large,” said Mr. Singh while talking to Indian Observer Post.

“Community service or volunteerism enables me to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most,” he added.

On asking about his vision for life, Mr. Singh said, “My personal vision is to have a life of meaning for myself and others. It is important to me to live my life in a way that shows kindness, care, and concern for family and friends and even strangers.” 

Since July, 2014 to July, 2020 (6 years), he also worked on deputation as Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Assessor & Collector, South Municipal Corporation of Delhi(SDMC). Being a local body(South DMC), he dealt many works directly related to the public, at large.

Recently, he has joined in Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice/MHA, GOI 

And he is likely to be promoted as Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India, any time.

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