Prof. Sydney Rebeiro
Adviser/ Dean, University of Delhi
British Council Scholar, Cambridge UK
Hony Captain Belle of Louisville (1780) Ky USA
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) and the only teacher actively associated with its Golden, Diamond, Platinum, Millennium and Year 90 events having served, directly touched the lives of 200,000 students in India and abroad and over 29,000 families across communities especially from the weaker sections.
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 Capital City Delhi, Prof. Rebeiro has a 45 year career in Education as “caring, conscientious teacher” who introduced Classroom Study Leaders and online tutorials in 1998, once described by MHRD as “Outstanding Educationist”, besides a proven record in Civil Society/ NGO leadership and International Partnerships spanning 4 continents, with extensive experience in Heritage – Cross Cultural Studies and in Counselling, having pioneered Alumni Resource Banking in South Asia.
Member UGC’s first Expert Panel on Mass Communication studies, which introduced BA Hons.
Journalism as also Postgraduate Diplomas in PR and Advertising across Universities in India in1993, he was the only non-official Member Planning Commission/ MHRD XI Plan (2007 – 2012) Working Groups on Higher Education and also on Languages and Book Development and Convener Subgroup on Language Technology which initiated several new strategies to promote technoprofessionalism across the Education spectrum.
As Member MHRD/ UGC VIII Plan Special Group on Media/ Professional Studies, his Approach Paper served as the base for diversification of HE studies in Advanced Media disciplines.
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/ NSIEF (which has served 18,000 Indian and American Scholars) Prof. Rebeiro played a significant role in evolving the present Fulbright – Nehru Scholarships scheme under USIEF since 2009; was Convener Oxbridge India Scholarships and is Member Central Governing Council Military Schools in India chaired by Defence Secretary Govt of India and Board of Governors Army Training College HP.
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 27,000 families from all communities especially from the weaker sections including, as II – term Chairman Postgraduate Studies Centre, serving over 4,000 postgraduate students inrecognized academic – professional courses each year.
As Governor-Chancellor/ Dy Chief of Army Staff/ Chairman UGC/ Ch DPS Society nominee on Expert/ Managing/ Advisory Committees, Courts and Boards in several States, continues to be actively involved in strategic planning and implementation of skills, recruitment, curriculums, Quality Assurance, Fellowships and so on.
As Founder-Chairman Intl Student – Professional Exchange Forum 1987 – 2005 enabled over 400 American, Swedish, French, British, Canadian, Sri Lankan, Filipino etc leaders to be in active interchange.
A builder of institutions and creative systems, has especial engagement with over 450 institutions as One – Man Edn Commission, Chairman, Administrator, Senior Adviser, Governing Body Member and as Guest Faculty at major Management Schools; also, the longest – serving Member Board of Governors 700 – school KVS Central Schools and several DPSs Delhi Public Schools, (150 y) Bishop Cotton (H P), (135 y) Biscoe – Mallinson (J&K), Loreto, St Thomas’, Mah English School Pune, (125 y) Auckland House Simla, Queen Mary’s, MSM, JJ PostGrad (Hyd) VNR – VJIET Research (Kerala) Expert/ Advisory Committees JNU, Hyderabad (AP) Jadavpur (WB) GJ (Haryana) Islamic (J&K) Universities 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.
As Member Union Minister’s High Level Committee on JNNURM – Rajiv Awas Yojna Govt of India, 2005 – 2012 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 Matri Sudha Regd towards medicare vocational training, awareness of over 500 deprived families.
Transforming idea – into – executive action helped him position the first PG Arts / NGO 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, 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, theatre’s environs and cinegoer satisfaction, the first citizen – led Colonyanalytic study/ Nizamuddin with DDA + MCD + IIC Environment Group led by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay 1984, First all- Delhi Special Olympics JLN Stadium for 26 Special Schools 1990, the first Children’s Ecumenical Conference at FrAgnelSchool with 1400 Child Delegates and India’s first University (DU) Teachers Sports Club, and the 2004 Centenary of Gandhiji ’s Indian Opinion / The Phoenix Settlement…
Actively involved since 1972 with Ministry/ ies of External, Affairs, HRD, Social Welfare, Defence, I and B, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Youth Affairs, UNESCO, Commonwealth and SAARC programmes and projects.
As Creative Adviser An Evening of Carols hosted by (3) Presidents R Venkataraman, Dr S D Sharma and K R Narayanan, delivered Welcome Address at Rashtrapati Bhavan/ The President’s Palace for a decade bw 1989 – 2000 in the distinguished presence of The Vice President The Prime Minister, Governors, Cabinet Ministers, Chiefs of Staffs, Ms Sonia Gandhi MP etc
As the first ‘ Dean Culture ’ / also first Dean Alumni University of Delhi bw 1985 – 2003,
as Chief of Coordination world’s first (34 – nation) NAMYFEST in the UN First International Year of Youth with 2000 culture – leaders and artist/ es , and as Founder Secretary DU CultureCouncil who designed, drafted and steered the statutory body in its pioneering years, as Secretary who revived DUMADS (DU Music Arts and Drama Society).
as scriptor – director of original multimedia pageant The River Ganges for Commonwealth Universities Comex 1972
and as Member the first Academic Council DPS Society (170 Schools today) chaired by Ch UNESCO Dr Prem Kirpal,
and also as Chairman/ Convener/ Coordinator in institutions, professional bodies, international conferences, hallmarked several innovative and pace-setting ideas and systems.
Since 1960 has served / continues to serve through free foodgrain, shawl, blanket, book distribution, healthcare, literacy classes in slums and dhobighats in Delhi, Haryana, UP, AP andWest Bengal, support of street children (Delhi – Bangalore)
anti – drugabuse, AIDS awareness, rural reconstruction and developmentprojects Kerala, TN, and UP, Served 350 bw Kashmiri Pandit migrant families (1990 -1995) assisted over 3000 Muslim youth elders and woman 1980 – 2010; Peace and Harmony initiatives in 1984 and since (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.
Adviser First Intl Special FilmFest for the differently abled 2003, a global annual now.
Blueprinted and steered several innovative multi-pronged creative Partnerships, also multidisciplinary Exchange / MoUs to optimize Human Resource and to enrich Inter-Nation Understanding and Development spanning 4 Continents.
Presently also Adviser Alumni Affairs University of Delhi, he is engaged in extending and strengthening “The DU – Alumni Dynamic” .
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).
As President City Improvement Society CIMS created a first time multiple use of media, folk art, audiovisuals, film, community theatre 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, also provided periodic inputs for Urban development of Lucknow, Srinagar, Hyderabad and Delhi, besides counselling of vulnerable and deviant youth.
Is Member IIC Golden Jubilee Committee, Library, House Committees and Programme Advisory Council.
Is Chairperson, All – India Inter – Religious Forum for Peace and Harmony, founded 1984; pioneered24 x 7 civil defence teams to protect Sikh brethren 1984, helped restore mutual trust and harmony, also helped in victim rehabilitation (awarded a saropa and sword by the Sri Guru Singh Sabhas) 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 MultiFaith Prayers with President K R Narayanan, Sonia Gandhi and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit at IG Stadium at The Millennium Year of Christ 2000.
Continues to actively promote Inter Faith Dialogue, Understanding and Partnership.
Over 5 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 Horse Regiment 200, The Anglo – Indian Centenary, 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 32 – nation NAMYFEST, 28 – nation Commonwealth Youth Expedition COMEX (which included Ms Margaret Alva, now Governor Rajasthan) , first time multimedia pageant The River Ganges, Biscoe – Mallinson Schools 125 J&K, DPS Society 50 and 60…
also Garm Hawa 1973 World Premiere with Home Minister Uma Shankar Dikshit, Mrs Saeeda Khurshid etc, Asiad 1982 Culture Force The 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, South Asia Foundation with Kapil Sibal, N Ram and Dr N Swaminathan 2001 – 2004, India – UK Edn Seminar with British Edn Minister Baroness Blackstone 1999 and India – Cambridge Consultation 2012, Dialogues with Lord Chris Patton Oxford and VCs Cambridge 2007 – 2013, 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, first time ensemble Cultural Evenings at Rashtrapati Bhavan for Presidents R Venkataraman, Dr S D Sharma and K R Narayanan, Intl Campsite Almora inspired by President Dr S D Sharma and with Sir Harold Haywood Ch The Queen ’s Jubilee Trust and New Year’s Day/ National Integration Interface with President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam 2002 – 2006 , Celebrations ofsufisaints Hzt Nizamuddin Aulia and HztKhwaja Amir Khusro, Ram Naumi and Guru Nanak Dev ji gurpurabs, processions with active participation of all major communities…
Designed and chaired India’s first Twin City Partnership Nottingham – Delhi 1991.
The only Dipsite (DPS alumni) plus (youngest) President Dipsites plus Sr Master / PGT plus Mg Committee Member plus DPSS Academic Council Member, he initiated the DPSS – Dipsite fundraising with DPSS President Dharma Vira 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 170 DPSs in 2013.
Member INTACH National Christian Heritage Cell 2006 – 2008.
Member Doordarshan / TV India’s first Selection Committee for Sponsored Serials 1986 – 1990 announced in Parliament, longtime Seminar / Forums Chair Intl Film Fests; planned and organised over 25 charity star – studded Film Premieres bw 1970/ Sheila 70 mm Chanakya, Archna and 1989 / The Plaza.
Actively engaged in India – UK / USA / Europe Cooperation; has met, interacted with HM Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Edward, James Ivory – Ismail Merchant, Lord Brabourne, Lord Ballantrae, PMs Lord Callaghan, John Major, Gordon Brown and (Israel’s) Ehud Olmert, President Bill Clinton, Presidents Juan Borroso and Romano Prodi, Sir Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, Sir John Grierson The Father of Documentary, Satyajit Ray, The Lutyens UK Trustees; was also Chair US – India Consultative Group on HE 2006 – 2007.
Prof. Rebeiro has rendered all services gratis other than at University/ College .
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