Udaya Narayana Singh

Born in 1951, Singh is an internationally renowned linguist, translation theoretician, lexicographer & creative writer, and has served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan (August 2010 to June 2012). Before June 2009, Singh was the Director of Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India – the premier language institution under the Ministry of HRD for nine years. He taught Linguistics, English Studies and Translation Studies at the University of Hyderabad (1987-2000), University of Delhi (1985-87 & 1979), South Gujarat University, Surat (1981-85) and in the MS University of Baroda (1979-81).Singh studied B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics at Calcutta University 1969-1972 (designated Eshan Scholar, standing first among the entire Arts Faculty), M.A. in linguistics at the University of Delhi 1972-74 (awarded Uggersain Memorial Gold Medal), and a semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 1978. He earned Ph.D. in Linguistics degree from Delhi in 1979 in Syntax and Semantics. Singh is a grass-root bilingual in Bangla (from mother) and Maithili (from Father), and published 6 collections of poems with translation of his poems in several Indian and European languages,  11 plays as well as 6 books of literary essays, besides translating 6 books. In addition, he has authored over 180 research papers in Linguistics and edited about 16 books. His latest publications are in ELT (Cambridge University Press) and six bilingual Dictionaries (Longman). Professor Singh has supervised several major research projects on Language Movement, NLP, Digital Documentation, Machine Translation, Linguistic Data Consortium in Indian Languages (LDC-IL) and National Translation Mission (NTM). He also supervised 14 doctoral and 21 M.Phil. level research work in Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, ELT, Child Bilingualism, Lexicography and Literary Theory. He had the distinction of being the Chief Editor of Indian Linguistics, 1988-1990, and a Visiting Professor at the IIAS-Shimla (1989). He visited and lectured in Australia, Bangladesh, Caribbean Islands, China, France, German Democratic Republic (GDR), Germany (unified), Italy, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand & USA, and received several grants and honors. He led the Indian cultural delegation to China during 2007-08, and had been a member of Indian delegation to UNESCO in 2011, and to France and USA in 2012. He had also been a Poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair (2006) and London Book Fair (2009).