Our Patrons

Dr. Shekhar Dutt
Former Governor of Chhattisgarh & Patron-GCTC

Dr.Shekhar Dutt was the Governor of Chhattisgarh for four and a half years since January 2010, in addition to being the Chancellor of eleven State Universities and visitor of six private universities. Before this, between 2007 & 2010, Shri Dutt also served as the Deputy National Security

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 Advisor where he addressed the issues concerning Strategic Defence and National Security. He also served as the Defence Secretary, Government of India between 2005 & 2007, wherein he was instrumental in transforming the procurement policies and modernizing the Production, where his role encompassed overseeing and facilitating production of military land, sea and air systems. Shri Dutt has also held numerous prestigious positions during his vast career span, namely Director General at Sports Authority of India, Secretary, Ministry of Health, in the Madhya Pradesh Government, he was Principal Secretary at the Tribal Welfare, as well as Principal Secretary at Departments of School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare. Prior to that, he was Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. Shri Dutt originally started his career as an army officer in 1967. Shri Dutt fought the 1971 Indo Pak War and was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry. He has close to five decades of administrative experience and during his tenure across these esteemed positions, Shri Dutt has been propagating development across sectors[/read]

Gen. J J Singh
Chief of army staff & Patron-GCTC

General J.J. Singh, a highly decorated soldier, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy, the Indian Military Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College. A veteran of active operations in Nagaland during the 1960s, Arunachal Pradesh in the 1980s and Jammu and Kashmir during 1991-92, General Singh

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 served as India’s defence attache to Algeria from 1987 to 1990. The chief of army staff from 31 January 2005 to 30 September 2007, General Singh was also the chairman of chiefs of staff committee in 2007. Soon after retirement, General Singh was appointed as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He has received a number of civilian honours and awards for his outstanding leadership.[/read]

Nikhil Kumar
Former Governor & Patron-GCTC

Shri Nikhil Kumar was the Governor of two Indian States- Nagaland (2009-2013) and Kerala (2013-2014). He is an Indian police Officer and former parliamentarian from Bihar. He was the member of 14th Lok Sabha representing Aurangabad Constituency (2004-2009). Chief of National Security Guards and Commissioner of

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Delhi Police are the other major positions held by him. Shri Nikhil Kumar joined the Indian Police Service in 1963 and was allotted the UT Cadre. Shri Nikhil Kumar held many important assignments and posts – notable among them being the Inspector General, BSF (1989-91; 1992-94); Commissioner of Delhi Police (1995-97); Director General, ITBP (1997); Special Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (Internal Security & Police) and Director General, National Security Guards (1999-2001). After retirement from IPS in 2001, Shri Nikhil Kumar was appointed Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India (2001-03).

In 2003, Shri Nikhil Kumar joined the Indian National Congress. He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Aurangabad Constituency in Bihar. During his term as a parliamentarian, Shri Nikhil Kumar was member of (a) Standing Committee on Ministry of External Affairs (b) Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, (c) Consultative Committee of Ministry of Home Affairs; (d) Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security in Parliament House Complex; and (e) Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology (Ministries of Information & Broadcasting, Communications & Information Technology).

Shri Nikhil Kumar is the recipient of many Awards and Honours; prominent among which are – the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service (1978), President’s Police Medal for Distinguished service (1985) and the Distinguished Xaverian Award (1995).

Shri Nikhil Kumar has special interest in matters relating to Internal Security, English Literature, Rural Development, History, Politics, Sports (Cricket) and Films. He is widely travelled and has visited many countries. His favourite pastime and recreation are reading, listening to music, watching cricket and writing.

Besides GCTC; Shri Nikhil Kumar has been actively associated with many social and cultural bodies. He is the President of AnugrahSewaSadan, Patna, Gandhi Ashram Trust, Hajipur, and was Chairman, ANS Institute of Social Studies, Patna and Chairman, SPCA Bihar.[/read]

Prabhat Kumar
Former Cabinet Secretary & Patron-GCTC

Prabhat Kumar is an Indian politician and retired civil servant. An Indian Administrative Service of the 1963 batch, he served as the Cabinet Secretary between 1998 and 2000.Upon creation of the State of Jharkhand in November 2000,he was made the first governor.

 

Yogendra Narain
Retd. IAS Officer & Patron-GCTC

Yogendra Narain, Former Secretary General, Rajya Sabha  Yogendra Narain is a 1965 batch retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is a former Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha. He also served as the Defence Secretary of India, Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Surface Transport Secretary of India. He is the

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current Chancellor of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU) situated in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Yogendra Narain served in various key positions for both the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh, like as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, first Chairman of Greater NOIDA, Principal Secretary (Information), Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Principal Secretary to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Secretary (Power and Irrigation) and as the District Magistrate and Collector of Lucknow and Muzaffarnagar districts in the Government of Uttar Pradesh, and as the Union Defence Secretary, Union Surface Transport Secretary, first Chairman of National Highways Authority of India and as the Joint Secretary (Ports) in the Ministry of Surface Transport in the Union Government.[/read]

Shashank
Former Foreign Secretary & Patron-GCTC

Shashank (born 1944) is a former foreign secretary of India. He was secretary from December 2003 to July 2004. He also served as India’s Ambassador to Denmark, South Korea and Libya. In 1966 he joined the Indian Foreign Service. From 1968 to 1971 he was 3r Sec/2nd Secy in the City of

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Brussels (Belgium).From 1972 to 1973 he was 1st Secy in Hanoi. Then from 1974 to 1976 he was Under Sec/Dep Sec in the Ministry of External Affairs (India).From 1976 to 1979 he was Dep Sec in the Permanent Mission of India before the Headquarters of the United Nations New York City

  • From 1979 to 1982 he was 1st Secy/Counsellor in Cairo.
  • From 1982 to 1986 he was minister in Islamabad.
  • From 1986 to 1991 he was Junction Secretary in charge of the Passport Office of the Ministry of External Affairs (India).
  • From 1991 to 1994 he was Ambassador to Tripoli (Libya) and concurrently High Commissioner to Valletta (Malta).
  • In 1994 he was Ambassador to Seoul (South Korea).
  • From 1994 to 1999 he was Ambassador to Jakarta (Indonesia).
  • From March 1999 to 2001 he was Ambassador to Copenhagen (Denmark).

From 19 November 2003 to 31 July 2004 he was Foreign Secretary (India)[/read]

Prakash Singh
Retd. IPS Officer & Patron-GCTC

Prakash Singh is a retired Indian Police Service officer, who rose to the highest rank of Director General of Police (DGP). He has served as Chief of the Border Security Force (BSF), Uttar Pradesh Police and Assam Police. He is considered as one of the best police officers for his role as key architect for Police reforms in India. After his

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retirement from service in 1996, he filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India. The landmark verdict of PIL came in 2006 in which the Supreme Court has given specific directions to the central and state governments to carry out structural changes in the police with a view to insulating it from extraneous pressures and making it accountable to the people.[/read]