Profile 2021

Dean/Professor Sydney R. Rebeiro

Adviser/ Dean Alumni Affairs, University of Delhi
British Council Scholar, Cambridge UK
International Recognition Award, Kentucky, USA

Of a Delhi Family since 1909

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  • Served 23 years as Dean University of Delhi bw 1985 – 2021
  • Served on over 400 Boards, Commissions, Expert Committees in a 55 – year academic – professional career spanning 4 Continents since 1966
  • Served, directly touched the lives – and – careers of 200,000 students and 29,000 families especially from the weaker sections
  • Creatively partnered with 12 Vice-Chancellors University of Delhi 1972 – 2021
  • Collaborated with over 100 Chancellors, VCs in HE institutions in India and abroad

Creative Adviser/ Convener 9 Cultural Evenings hosted by 3 Presidents of India at The President’s Palace Rashtrapati Bhawan 1989 – 2001

Privileged to be on the Invitees List of 7 Presidents of India

  • Member The First UGC Committee on Mass Com Studies 1985 – 1993
  • Member Board of Directors USEFI / USIEF The Fulbright Foundation 2006 – 2008
  • Convener The First Planning Commission Sub Group on Language Technology/
    Machine Learning in HE 2007 – 2012
  • Convener AIU’s First MA English Question Banking Workshop
  • Member The First Central Governing Council Military Schools in India
    chaired by Defence Secretary in South Block 2007 – 2014
  • Organising Chairman India’s First National Workshop on SUPW ( now, Skills Training ) CBSE – Lady Irwin College- Conversazione (Regd) 1983
  • Convener AIU’s First All – India Inter – University CultureFest 1985
  • Scriptor – Director multi-media pageant on “ The River Ganges / Ganga” COMEX
    40 – Nation Commonwealth Universities Expedition 1972 – 1973
  • The First Civilian Member Board of Governors Army Training College MP 2006 – 2010
  • Founding Member The First National Board South Asia Foundation chaired by ex-Prime Minister I K Gujral and alongwith Dr M S Swaminathan , N Ram , KapilSibal and UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh 2001 – 2004
  • Founding Governing Council Member Himalayan Environment Trust / Parks alongwith Sir Edmund Hillary, Dr Karan Singh , Capt M S Kohli, Admiral V S Shekhawat, Milkha Singh, NN Vohra IAS Retd and Bishen Singh Bedi 2004 – 2012
  • Creative Adviser / Convener 9 Cultural Evenings hosted by 3 Presidents of India at The President’s Palace Rashtrapati Bhawan 1989 – 2001
  • Privileged to be on the Invitees List of 7 Presidents of India
  • Chief (Planning and Coordination) World’s First MHRD 34 – Nation NAMYFEST 1985
  • Member I and B Ministry’s First TV Selection Committee for Sponsored Serials 1986 – 1990
  • Member Union Minister’s Selection Committee National Youth Awards 2007 – 2008
  • Organising Chairman , Ministry of Environment – DDA – YMCA – CIMS First Investigative Seminar on “ The River Jamuna” which led to The River Jamuna Action Plan 1983
  • Member Union Minister’s High – Level Committee on Urban Housing JNNURM – Rajiv Awas Yojna 2007 – 2013
  • Convener Ministry of Education – Social Welfare Campaign on Anti-Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation 1985 – 1990

BA Hons MA English KM University of Delhi, British Council Scholar on Training – The – Trainers Cambridge UK , appointed Hony Captain (1780 – founded) Belle of Louisville Kentucky USA for sociocultural – humanitarian services , Prof Sydney Rebeiro is DU’s First ‘Dean Culture’ 1985 – 1992 and First Dean Alumni 1997 – 2003 also First Adviser/ Dean Alumni Affairs 2011 – 2021.

With English as mother-tongue, born into a 5-generational Delhi (1909) family of eminent Anglo Indian educationists, administrators, engineers and senior Armed Forces officers umbilically linked with the birth – and – evolution of Modern CapitalCity Delhi, Prof Rebeiro has a 55-year career in Education as “caring, conscientious, innovation – driven teacher” of Literature, Mass Media studies and Specialist Communication Skills, one who introduced Classroom Study Leaders (1970s) and online tutorials (1998), was once described by Union MHRD as “Outstanding Educationist” initiating – leading several unique learning tools.

With proven record in Civil Society/ NGO leadership and International Partnerships and extensive experience in Heritage – CrossCultural Issues and in Counselling, he also pioneered Alumni Resource Banking in South Asia, also developing concept + systems – placement of South Asia’s first University Culture Council (at DU) and the first Alumni Advisory Council framework.

He has been actively involved in Curriculums, Recruitment, Grant Sanctions, Quality Assurance, Fellowships and so on with extensive executive experience in training and skills inculcation of Principals, Heads, Directors, Managers and all-India Boards, besides Course development of BA Hons, MA and PG Professional courses.

Member UGC’s first Expert Panel on Mass Communication studies, pioneering Video Clubs (1980s) for Film/ Theater Studies, also Postgraduate Diplomas in PR and Advertising etc across Universities in India in1993, he was the only nonofficial Member Planning Commission/ MHRD XI Plan (2007 – 2012) Working Groups on Higher Education and also on Languages and Book Development and Convener (XI Plan) Subgroup on Language Technology which initiated several new strategies across the Education spectrum, including path-breaking systems like the mobile as vital educational tool 2006 which in 2020 proved a crucial learning – professional and tool during COVID-19 pandemic.

Also Member UGC High Level Committee on XII Plan Proposals on Minorities in Higher Education, Member Maulana Azad Fellowships Selection Committee 2011, Member MANUU Hyderabad Special Committee 2011 – 2013.

As Member Board of Directors US Educational Foundation in India USEFI/ USIEF (which has served 20,000 Indian and American Scholars) Prof Rebeiro played a significant role in evolving the present Fulbright – Nehru Scholarships scheme under USIEF since 2009; was 3-term “Convener” Scholarships Committee Oxbridge India – UK.

A builder of institutions, he served as Chairman, Administrator, Senior Adviser, Governing Body Member and as Guest Faculty at major Management Schools; also, the longest – serving Member Board of Governors (then) 700 – school KVS Central Schools and several DPSs Delhi Public Schools, Bishop Cotton (HP), 135 y) Biscoe – Mallinson (J&K), Loreto, St Thomas’, Mah English School Pune, (125 y) Auckland House Simla (150y), Queen Mary’s , MSM , JJ PostGrad (Hyd) VNR – VJIET Research (AP) Expert/ Advisory Committees JNU, Hyderabad (AP) Sacred Heart (TN) Jadavpur (WB) G J (Haryana) Islamic (J&K) Universities, DU’s Kamala Nehru/ Gargi Colleges Governing Body/ies and other top Schools and Colleges across India.

Drafted Vision Statements for a number of institutions including a B-School, colleges, Professional Training Centres, all – India cultural bodies and Public Schools , both new and century – old institutions ; besides , proposed and designed the Zonal School Councils with Principals , student toppers ,parents social scientists and local Education officials.

8-term President/ Chairman of The Board New Delhi YMCA, as head of a premier institution of over 550  administrative – academic – professional cadres of staff , he helped serve over 23,000 families from all communities especially from the weaker sections including, as II-term Chairman Postgraduate Studies Centre, serving over 4000 postgraduate students in recognized academic – professional courses each year.

As Member Union Minister’s High Level Committee on JNNURMRajiv Awas Yojna (now PMAY) Govt of India, 2005 – 2013 he actively contributed to the Public – Private Plan – and – implementation endeavours to create 63 inclusive cities across India; also Founder President/ Patron Dhoon Regd serving esp the mentally – challenged with music for therapy and enrichment, and of MatriSudha Regd towards medicare, vocational training, awareness of over 1000 deprived families.

Transforming pioneering ideas – into – executive action helped him position the first PG Arts/ NGO/ Event Management course 1992, Centre for Graphic Arts and Design 1995, the First Bibliography on Delhi 1994, a unique Development Library – cum – Resource Centre on Delhi 1991, Info Professional Corridor for over 600 postgrad students and on – job professionals etc each year, South Asia’s first Media Consumers Panel 1986, India’s first (Delhi) Cine Consumer Report 1981 which determined ticket pricing, theater environs and cinegoer satisfaction, the first citizen – led Colony analytic study/ Nizamuddin with DDA + MCD + IIC Environment Group led by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay 1982, First all- Delhi Special Olympics JLN Stadium for 26 Special Schools 1990, the first Children’s Ecumenical Conference at Fr Agnel School with 1400 Child Delegates and India’s first University (DU) Teachers Sports Club led by Professor Surinder Singh Sareen, and the 2004 Centenary events of Gandhiji’s Indian Opinion/ The Phoenix Settlement…

As Founder Secretary DU Culture Council who designed, drafted and steered the statutory body in its pioneering years, as Secretary who revived DUMADS (DU Music Arts and Drama Society) has hallmarked several innovative and pace-setting ideas and systems.

As Lecturer SBS (Postgraduate) College University of Delhi from its Founding Year 1967 established the College’s Debating Society, Dramatics Club, The English Literary Society, The Cricket Club, also First Editor VANI The Magazine, besides steering design of the College logo and Admissions Forms and Student Record Cards etc, and First Convener College/ Annual Day.

Since 1960 has served through free food grain, shawl, blanket, book distribution, healthcare, literacy classes in slums and dhobighats in Delhi, Haryana, UP, AP and West Bengal, support of street children (Delhi – Bangalore) anti – drug abuse, AIDS awareness, rural reconstruction and development projects Kerala, TN, and UP.

Served 350 Kashmiri Pandit migrant families in Delhi (1990 -1995) assisted over 3000 Muslim youth elders and women 1980 – 2010; Peace and Harmony initiatives in 1984 and after (awarded a saropa and sword by the Sri Guru Singh Sabhas) and in Police – Community relations chaired by successive Police Commissioners , also worked with Mother Teresa in flood relief etc.

As President City Improvement Society CIMS created a first time multiple use of media, folk art, audiovisuals, film, community theater and other cultural techniques in bastis and slum areas as integrated into India’s first – ever Investigative Seminar on The River Jamuna 1983.

As President CIMS, also as Ch Eminent Citizens Group on Delhi Master Plans 1981 – 2001 – 2021 steered Citizens movement that helped establish the Yamuna Action Plan, National Policy on Environment, Plant Nurseries in Schools, also provided periodic inputs for Urban development of Lucknow, Srinagar, Hyderabad and Delhi, besides counselling of vulnerable and deviant youth.

On invitation 2005 from Delhi LG and CM, prepared comprehensive multi – strategic Proposal for Delhi – as – Globopolis and designed – drafted Vision Delhi 2010 Charter with especial inputs on urbanicity and Good Citizenship (also adopted on Prof Rebeiro’s original proposal, in the National Youth Policy 2004 under Secretary YA Dr SY Quraishi (India’s CEC 2010 – 2012). Was Member IIC Executive, Golden Jubilee, Library, House Committees, Environment Group and Programme Advisory Council, also First Convener IIC Youth Forum bw 1982- 2019.

As Chairperson, All – India Inter – Religious Forum for Peace and Harmony, founded 1984; pioneered 24×7 civil defence teams to protect Sikh brethren 1984, helped restore mutual trust and harmony, also helped in victim rehabilitation, also pioneered India’s first Inter – Faith multi-site programme 1986 – 1987 with HH The Dalai Lama Nobel Laureate at Rajghat and temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches, synagogues etc; designed, steered Multi Faith Prayers with President K R Narayanan, Sonia Gandhi and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit at IG Stadium in The Millenium Year of Christ 2000.

Also helped in Celebrations of sufi saints Hzt Nizammuddin Aulia and Hzt Khwaja Amir Khusro, of Ram Naumi and Guru Nanak Devjigur purabs processions with active participation of all major communities . Founder Vice President/ Secretary KM College Alumni Association (The KAYMS) with Principal Dr N S Pradhan as Patron 1980. First President The KM Debating Society and BO /Audi chief + a cameo artiste “The Players” 1961 – 1966

The only Dipsite (DPS alumnus) and youngest who was President Dipsitesplus Sr Master/ PGT plus Mg Committee Member plus DPSS Academic Council Member plus Member DPS Golden/ Diamond Jubilee Committees, he initiated DPSS – Dipsite fundraising 1970 with DPSS President Dharma Vira, Navy Chief Admiral S M Nanda, Ch M N Seth and Principal Din Dayal towards the first DPS Hostel, Indian Navy Swimming Pool, The Pavilion and that led to founding of DPS RK Puram 1970-1973: there are 200 DPSs in 2021.

Member INTACH National Christian Heritage Cell 2006 – 2008.

He is longtime Seminar/ Forums Chair Intl FilmFests; planned and organised over 25 charity star –studded Film Premieres bw1970/ Sheila 70 mm, Chanakya, Archna and 1989/ The Plaza, also raised funds for DU WUS Health Centre.

Member the first Academic Council DPS Society (200 Schools today) chaired by Ch UNESCO Dr Prem Kirpal,
Chairman/ Convener/ Coordinator in Several institutions, professional bodiesandinternational conferences,


Adviser First Intl Special FilmFest for the differently abled 2003 , a global annual now.

Developed first Vision Statement of SAARC Youth Policy for Ministry of YA and Sports 1996.

Blueprinted and steered several innovative multi-pronged creative Partnerships, also multidisciplinary Exchange/ MoUs with institutions of repute in New York, El Paso, Louisville, Honolulu, Seattle, Vancouver, Glasgow and Nottingham, also Colombo, Seychelles, Bangkok and Manila to optimize Human Resource and to enrich Inter-Nation Understanding and Development spanning 4 Continents.

Actively engaged in India – UK/ USA/ Europe Cooperation; has met, interacted with HM Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Lord Brabourne, Lord Ballantrae, PMs Lord Callaghan, John Major, Gordon Brown and (Israel’s) Ehud Olmert and Silvan Shalom, Presidents Bill Clinton, George H Bush, Juan Borroso, Richard von Weizsacker and Romano Prodi and Tanzania’s Salim – e – Salim, Sir Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, Sir JohnGrierson The Father of Documentary, Satyajit Ray and The Lutyens UK Trusteesetc, also Lord Mayors of London, Croydon and Glasgow, Archbishops of Canterbury (also Blessed by HH Pope John Paul II and Bishop Dr Samir Kafity of East Jerusalem), and several British Ministers and MPs bw 1970-2015

Designed and chaired India’s first TwinCity Partnership Nottingham – Delhi 1991.

Chair US – India Consultative Group on Higher Education USEFI 2006 – 2007.

As FounderChairman Intl Student – Professional Exchange Forum 1987 – 2005 enabled over 400 American, Swedish, French, British, Canadian, SriLankan, Filipino etc leaders to be in active interchange.

Enabled The University of Sydney’s International Office in Australia to establish truck with India’s Examination Boards for greater academic coordination.

As Member YMCAAsia Alliance Committees on Urban Issues Hongkong, Bangkok and in Indonesia, played role in designing sustainable City Development matrices.

Near 6 decades of career – civil activism in Multiple services – in – the – field across disciplines and systems enabled Prof Rebeiro to majorly contribute to national – international landmark events and initiatives such as World YMCA 150 Geneva – London , Nehru 100/ Freedom 40 Srinagar, Delhi 100, Skinners HorseRegiment 200, The Anglo – Indian AssnCentenary, The National YMCA 100 Madras/ Chennai, UNESCO Year/s of Mozart 1991 and Tchaikovsky 1990, Madras Christian College 150 with PM Rajiv Gandhi, UN first Intl Year of Youth World’s First 34 – nation NAMYFEST, Biscoe – Mallinson Schools 125J & K , DPS Society Golden and Diamond Jubilees also organised GarmHawa1973 World Premiere with Home Minister Uma Shankar Dikshit, Mrs Saeeda Khurshid etc Resource Person Asiad 1982 CultureForceThe National Stadium and Commonwealth Games 2010 JLN Stadium, Outward

Bound led by The Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Edmund Hilary, Dr Karan Singh MP and Capt MS Kohli, India –
UK Edn Seminar with British Edn Minister Baroness Blackstone 1999 and India – Cambridge Consultation 2012, Dialogues with Lord Chris Patton Oxford and VCs Oxford and Cambridge bw2007 – 2017, Indian National Teachers Congress launched by Indira Gandhi, IIC 50 ,Navketan 25 and 50 with the phenomenal Dev Anand, Children’s Film Society launch by President Dr Rajendra Prasad, DPS Speech Day with chief guest President Dr Zakir Husain, Intl Campsite Almora inspired by President Dr S D Sharma and with Sir Harold Haywood Ch The Queen ’s Jubilee Trust and NewYear’s Day/ National Integration Interface with President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam 2002 – 2006.
Studied at Presentation Convent Delhi, Grass Royal Yeovil, Somerset England, DPS Mathura Road, The Mother School, KM College University of Delhi and Fitzwilliam, Cambridge UK.

Dipsite/ Kaym Sydney R Rebeiro has rendered all services gratis other than at University/ College.

Res: C-502, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110076. Tel : 011-26953434/ 26952360 <>

nb: It may be added that he owns no house, no vehicle, no pension and no insurance and acknowledges the Divine Hand and Blessings of God in all the services he has rendered.