Dr. Nirmal Singh holds a Ph.D. in history and is retired as the head of the History Department of the University of Jammu. He has authored the book “Inter Communal relations in Jammu and Kashmir (1846 to 1931), 1991” and has edited “Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh- Historical, cultural and linguistic perspectives by Prof Suman Jamwal, Dr. Shyam Narayan Lal.
He has also published various research articles on nationalism, secessionism, and Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Singh has also participated in various national and international seminars and conferences and is the member court of Kurukshetra University India as the Vice Chancellor’s nominee and the Member Executive Council of Maharaja Dayanand University, Rohtak as the Chancellor’s nominee.
During the peak of militancy, Dr. Nirmal Singh joined Arya College Ludhiana after his Ph.D. and taught there for nearly six years, and was constantly associated with RSS. From 1989 to the present, he has been associated with Jammu university and is currently on probation.
After becoming Deputy CM also, he had supervised nearly five scholars and hence has been nearly associated with academics as well. Dr. Nirmal Singh has achieved a balance between both his academic and his political life. He loves teaching because it gives space to interact with the students as well and recently went on an educational tour to Rajasthan teaching nationalism on the way.
He claims to be extremely lucky to have received family support from his family and his wife who also happens to be the Vice president of Jammu Kashmir’s BJP state unit. As an individual and as a family, they have constantly participated in politics.
Below are some of the notable achievement of Dr. Nirmal Singh in academic career:
- Inter–Communal relations in Jammu and Kashmir (1846 to 1931), 1991.
- Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh-Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives edited by Prof. Nirmal K. Singh, Prof. Suman Jamwal, Dr. Shyam Narayan Lal, Saksham Books International, Jammu, 2007.
- “Emergence of Leadership in Jammu and Kashmir”, the Jammu University Review, August, 1990.
- “Hindu Muslim Relations in J&K in Early 20th Century”, Jammu University Review, July,
- “Revolutionary Nationalism and Secessionist terrorism: an Overview”, proceeding of the UGC National Seminar on Terrorism from 21st March, 1994, Jammu University.
- “Political Struggle in Jammu and Kashmir at the beginning of 20th Century-An Interpretation”, Itihas Darpan, Research Journal of BISY.
- “Issues in Jammu and Kashmir-BJP from No Autonomy to Regional Councils”, proceeding of National Seminar on “Issues in Jammu and Kashmir”, 1999.
- “Main Political trends in Jammu and Kashmir during the 20th Century”, in the 3-days National Seminar on North-West Frontier of India, organized by the Department of History, University of Jammu, Jammu, February 25-27, 1999.
- “Changing Eco-Political Scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and its impact on Communal and Inter-regional relation in the early 20th Century”, proceeding of IV North-West Sociological Conference, October 20-21, 2000.
- “Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir, Shifting from the Margin to the Centre stage”, 35th Punjab History Conference Proceeding, 2003, Patiala.
- “Communalism in Jammu and Kashmir and the Role of Punjab Vernacular Press till 1931”, in the Punjab, Punjab-Past and Present, 2005 (April).
- “Role of Muslims Organization of Punjab in Political Movement in Jammu and Kashmir”, 37th Punjab History Conference Proceedings, 2005, Patiala.
- “The Emergence of Colonial-Communal configuration of the British, the Ahmedias, and Sheikh Abdullah during the period of 1930”, Shodak, (Jaipur) 2005.
- “Jammu and Kashmir needed a Holistic Approach”, New Delhi. Border Affairs, 2005,
- “Extreme Nationalism and the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Jammu”, Kashmir in Ladakh: Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspective”, 2007.
- “Transition in Economy and Social Change in Jammu and Kashmir-A Case Study of Gujjars of Ranbir Singh Pura Tehsil in Late 19th and Early 20th Century”, proceeding of the Indian History Congress 53rd Session.
- “Political Struggle in Jammu and Kashmir at the beginning of the 20th Century-an Interpretation”.
- “Indian National Congress”, 53rd Session, Warangle (A.P), 1992.
- “Indian National Congress”, 54th Session, Mysore, 1993.
- “Indian National Congress”, 55th Session, Aligarh, 1994.
- “Akhil Bhartiya Itihas Sankalan Yojna”, First National Conference, Gaziabad, Dec., 1994.
- U.G.C national Seminar on “Terrorism”, Jammu University 1994.
- U.G.C national Seminar on “Women and Ancient Indian Culture Department of History”, Jammu University, 1994.
- National Seminar on “Issues in Jammu and Kashmir”, January, 1995.
- National Seminar on “Burning Issues in Jammu and Kashmir Politics”.
- Seminar on “North West Frontier of India”, Jammu University, February, 1999.
- “North West Indian Sociological Conference”, Jammu University, 2000.
- “Punjab History Congress”, 34th Session, 15-16th march, 2002 P
- “Indian History Congress”, 62nd Session, 28th-30th 2002, Amritsar.
- “Punjab History Congress”, 35th Session, 6th– 8th March, 2003 P
- National Seminar on “Heritage of North India with special reference to Jammu and Kashmir”, 2nd – 4th, 2004, Jammu.
- “Indian History Congress”, 65th Session, 28th-30th 2004, barely.
- “Punjab History Congress”, 37th Session, 18-20th march 2005, Punjab
- National Seminar on “India and Pakistan: Pathways Ahead”, 10-11 March, 2005 Jammu.
- 68th Session of Indian History, Delhi, 28-30 December, 2007 and presented a paper on “Jammu-Kashmir Problem-Historical Assessment and Future Prospects”.
- Seminar on “Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives”, 2007.
- A two-day national seminar was organized by the Department of History on “Writing Regional History and Historiography of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”, 29th –30th May, 2009 and presented a paper on “Historiography of Modern Jammu and Kashmir Analyzing Writings on 20th Century Political Struggle”, (under print).
- Attend “National Security Convention”, organized by Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), Haridwar (India), 9th and 10th March, 2010.
Seminar/Study courses/Conferences: International.
- Attended 30th Study Session on “Human Rights”, from June 30 to August 05, 1999 Strasbourg, France.
- Participated in a panel discussion on “Jammu and Kashmir” organized by BBC, at Srinagar, India, 2004.
- “International Kashmir Alliance Conference on “Jammu and Kashmir”, Toranto (Canada), 27th– 28th, 2004
- PUGWASH Conference on “Inter-Kashmir Dialogue”, Srinagar, (India) Feb., 2005.
- Conference on “Prospects of Self Governance in J&K and present status of cooperation and communication across the LOC”, organized by PUGWASH on 10th & 11th March, 2006 at Islamabad (Pakistan) and then again on the same topic in Islamabad in March 2008.
- Conference on “Indo-Pak Relations with Special Relation to Jammu and Kashmir” organized by ISDP, Stockholm (Sweden), Sept., 2006.
- PUGWAS Conference on “Jammu Kashmir Imbroglio: Claims of India and Pakistan”, Cairo (Egypt), Dec., 2006.
- Conference organized by PUGWAS to discuss “the prospects of India-Pakistan Trade across LOC in Jammu and Kashmir”, Colombo (Sri Lanka), July 2007 and then again on the same topic Colombo in March 2008.
- 57th PUGWASH Conference on “Science and World Affairs-Prospects for Disarmament, Dialogue and Cooperation”, Bari (Italy) 21st to 26th October 2007, one of the panellists on the discussion on “Prospects in Jammu and Kashmir”.
- International Seminar on “ Political Roles of Religious Communities in South Asia-India”, organized by Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) Stockholm, Sweden and Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India, January 16-17, 2008 and presented a paper on “Emergence of Hindutva-Rediscovering India”.
- “Member Court”, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India as Chancellor’s Nominee (2002-2003).
- “Member Executive Council”, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India as Chancellor’s Nominee (2002-2004).