The IGU deeply regrets to announce the passing of our beloved Secretary-General, the great Indian geographer, Professor R.B. Singh (b. 03 February 1955 ~ d. 22 July 2021; MA and PhD – Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi). Known to us affectionately as ‘RB”, he was elected as IGU Vice-President in 2012 and was the first Indian Geographer to hold the position of IGU Secretary-General (2018-2022).  Professor Singh was a distinguished Geographer in Environmental Geography and GIS applications, and made countless academic contributions over the last four decades. He was an outstanding mentor, guide, and life-long advisor to his students, evident in the fact that he had supervised 36 Ph.D., 82 M. Phil, Research Scholars and countless MA students. Professor Singh was Chair, UGC National Committee–Learning Outcome Based Curriculum Framework since July 2018 and a member of many important committees of the Government of India-Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Science and Technology, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). He has written and edited more than 50 books and published more than 230 research papers.

We are devastated and our hearts go out to his family, colleagues, students and close friends.  May his soul rest in peace.

See for major highlights:

Roy, Shouraseni Sen (2021), Professor R.B. Singh. In: Pandey, Bindhy Wasini and Anand, Subhash (eds.) Water Science and Sustainability. Sustainable Development Goals Series (ISSN 2523-3084). Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham: pp. 1-3.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-57488-8_1