C.Phunsog, IAS (Retd.), Vice Chancellor: He was born in Nemo village of Ladakh on October 15, 1947 and is an engineering graduate by qualification. Before he qualified the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1972, he served as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in NIT, Srinagar. He is the first person from Ladakh to qualify IAS and Allied Services in open competition in the general category. As a member of the J&K cadre of IAS, he held many positions in Government of J&K and Government of India, including a diplomatic assignment in London, before attaining superannuation. In August, 1979, while in service, he was selected through an international competition to be an Albert Parvin Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University (USA) where he had the privilege of pursuing studies in Development Economics under Nobel Laureate, Professor (Sir) Arthur Lewis.
During his forty-year service in the IAS, Phunsog was invested with the national award of Padma Shree for ‘distinguished service’ in 1989, Chief Minister’s Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit for ‘Integrity and Meritorious Service’ in 2007 and J&K Government ‘Gold Medal and Merit Certificate’ for ‘exemplary devotion to duties’ in 1983.
After retirement from the Public Enterprises Selection Board of Government of India, on attaining the age ceiling of 65 years for jobs under the Government, he was living a retired life when the Government of Jammu & Kashmir appointed him as the first Vice Chancellor of the ‘University of Ladakh’ which charge he has assumed on June 14, 2019.