The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has accepted Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University former Vice Chancellor Manoj Soni as a member on 28 June 2017. The Gujarat-based educationist took an oath of secrecy as administered by UPSC chairman David R Syiemlieh.Soni is a political science scholar specialising in international relation studies and has earned his doctorate in “Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-US Relations” from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. The 52 year old is the youngest Vice Chancellor since independence and has been a recipient of numerous awards.
He has also been awarded the honour of “Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge” by World Education Congress Global Award for Distance Learning Leadership and Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, USA. He will hold office for a term of six years or until he turns 65.
The Commission can have a limit of 10 members including its chairman and conducts national-level recruitment exams like civil services exams for the recruitment of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.