Gurmit Singh
8th Governor of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
15 September 2021[1]
Chief MinisterPushkar Singh Dhami
Preceded byBaby Rani Maurya
Deputy Chief of the Army Staff
(Information Systems and Training)
In office
October 2014 – January 2016
Preceded byJai Prakash Nehra (PVSM, AVSM**)
Succeeded byJagbir Singh Cheema (PVSM, AVSM, VSM)
Personal details
Born (1956-02-01) 1 February 1956 (age 68)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Political partyBharatiya Janta Party
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Dehradun
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service–2016
RankLieutenant General
CommandsXV Corps
Deputy Chief of Army Staff (IS&T)

Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh[2] PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (born 1 February 1956) was a Deputy Chief Staff of the Indian Army from 2014 to 2016. Currently, he is the 8th Governor of Uttarakhand since 2021.[3][4] Singh retired on 31 January 2016 after nearly four decades in the army, where he was deputy chief of Army Staff, and adjutant general and corps commander of strategic XV Corps that overlooks the Line of Control in Kashmir. He has also worked in border issues and counter-terrorism.

Life and career

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Personal life and education

Singh was born on 1 February 1956 in Jalal Usman, Amritsar, Punjab. His father served in the Indian Army and his elder brother served in Indian Air Force.

He graduated from the Defence Services Staff Course and National Defence College, has two M.Phil degrees from Chennai and Indore universities, and was a research fellow for two years on the India-China Boundary issue at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University during his study leave from the Indian Army.

Military career

After serving as an Infantry Company Commander and Brigade Commander, he was appointed as a Brigadier General of Army Staff. He later achieved the rank of Major General and served as the Additional Director General of Military Operations and Deputy Chief of Army Staff. During his stint in the Army, he was a part of numerous expert groups, joint working groups, annual dialogues and China study group meetings for over a decade. He also served in Banbasa, Uttarakhand, while in the army.


Singh received four Presidential Awards and two commendations by the Chief of Army Staff while in the Army. He has also received the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.  

Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vishisht Seva Medal


  1. ^ "New Uttarakhand governor likely to take oath on September 15 | Dehradun News - Times of India". The Times of India. 11 September 2021.
  2. ^ Bureau, ABP News (9 September 2021). "Gurmit Singh Appointed Governor Of U'khand, Purohit Gets Punjab, RN Ravi Shifted To Tamil Nadu".
  3. ^ "Lt Gen (retd) Gurmit Singh appointed governor of U'khand, ex-IPS RN Ravi new TN governor". The Economic Times.
  4. ^ "नियुक्ति: उत्तराखंड के राज्यपाल बनाए गए गुरमीत सिंह, बनवारीलाल पुरोहित को पंजाब की जिम्मेदारी". Amar Ujala (in Hindi).

Government offices Preceded byBaby Rani Maurya Governor of Uttarakhand 9 September 2021 – Present Succeeded byIncumbent Military offices Preceded byOm Prakash General Officer Commanding XV Corps 10 June 2013 – 25 June 2014 Succeeded bySubrata Saha Preceded byJai Prakash Nehra Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems and Strategy) October 2014 – January 2016 Succeeded byJagbir Singh Cheema