pk singson chanchinA leading figure of Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India, PK Singson, popularly known as ‘Singson sir’ to many of us, was as an able programmer and administrator of Indian Broadcasting Service (IBS). A senior officer of All India Radio and Doordarshan, PK Singson was phenomenally energetic and his administrative acumen was highly commendable. He used to narrate with respect the qualities of an administrative officer under Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India. He intensely loved both the organisations All India Radio and Doordarshan. 

An MA in History, Singson sir started his vocational career as a lecturer of History in Dhanmanjari College, Manipur. During his service in college, he appeared in the UPSC interview in New Delhi for the post of Programme Executive and the UPSC nominated him for the post in All India Radio under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Ministry directly recruited him for the post. But he did not join the assignment and latter appeared in another interview of the UPSC for the post of Assistant Director, All India Radio. This time also he was nominated by the UPSC and he accepted the offer of direct appointment by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and served at different stations of All India Radio in the North-east. For his competency, he was soon promoted to the post of Station Director of All India Radio. 

As a worthy Station Director, he served at different stations of All India Radio like Karchiang, Cuttak, Dibrugarh, Guwahati and in some hill stations of North-east region too. During his stay in AIR Dibrugarh, he was placed as the selection grade Station Director and transferred to AIR, Guwahati as Station Director. As a senior Class-I gazetted officer of Indian Broadcasting (programme) Service (IBPS) he, for some time, served in the Broadcasting House, All India Radio, New Delhi. During his service in the zonal station AIR, Guwahati, to the best of his capacities, he tried to add up newness in the planning and presentation of programmes. 

All things added up, Singson sir himself was the ‘manual’ of AIR and Doordarshan. Passionate about quality and human interest programmes in AIR and Doordarshan, he did his best. He had an incisive sense of dignity. A man of astounding memory and discipline, he was later transferred to Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati, as its Director and during his service in this Kendra, the office of the Director General, All India Radio, New Delhi, appointed him to the post of Deputy Director General (DDG) of AIR and later he was also entrusted to look after Doordarshan Kendras of NER as DDG. Having strong mental power, he untiringly served in both the organisations with dedication even after untimely death of his son Michael. 

Hailing from Aizwal, Singson sir used to stay in Guwahati after his retirement as DDG. After a brief illness at the age of 74, he breathed his last on February 8 last in a nursing home. A man of friendly disposition to all who came in his contact will always recall him for his kindness and love. He has left the impression never to be forgotten. As a formerly subordinate officer, I pray to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul. 

 Dr Karuna Mohan Sarmah D

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