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Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh has about 31 years of rich 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 Vice-Chancellor of three universities - Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, Dr. Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. Prof. Singh joined NAAC as its Director on 17th August 2015. 

Prof. D.P. Singh was associated with Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore as its Vice Chancellor from June'2012 to till 16th August, 2015. He gave a new direction to the University for its overall development and qualitative growth. As the Vice Chancellor of DAVV, he created an International Cooperation Cell and University-Industry Partnership Cell in DAVV, besides, constitution of task groups for promotion of human values & professional ethics, fostering excellence in research, energy and environment management etc.  The University came out with a Green Policy, Research Policy, IT Policy and Values and Professional Ethics Policy as well as a Green Calendar as new initiatives during his tenure. DAVV was accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC in 2014.

As the Vice-Chancellor of BHU from 2008 to 2011, Prof. D.P. Singh contributed immensely to its overall development. The BHU was ranked number one among Indian Universities in India Today - Nielson Survey (2010) during his tenure. Creation of a UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, and establishment of an Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development were major achievements of BHU during his tenure.