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Dr. Amarjit Singh

Amarjit Singh, Ed.D. is a naturalized citizen of the United States, currently residing in Chesapeake, Virginia. Educated in India, Germany and the United States, Dr. Singh emigrated to the United States in 1966. Along, the way, he earned a doctorate in education with emphasis in School Administration and Curriculum Development from Northern Illinois University. For over thirty years, he served with distinction as a Professor of Health Sciences at Tidewater Community College, located in Norfolk, Virginia.

Born in India, Dr. Singh is a highly respected educator, community and social worker. He was also a well respected member of the international sports community. As a young man of twenty-two, he represented Rajasthan, having been elected to the Indian Olympic Association. He was also a recognized national hockey player of India and later served as a National Basketball Coach in India under the Rajkumari Sports Coaching Scheme. He went on to represent the Indian Olympic Association at the International Olympic Academy in Athens, Greece in 1961. He later represented India as a Delegate to the International Olympic Councils for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and the 1972 Games held in Munich, Germany. He ended his professional career in international sports as an International Basketball Referee. 

At present, he works pro-bono on a full-time basis for Citizens First, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, located in Chesapeake, Virginia. He also works concurrently with its sister organization, the India Education and Development Institute (IEDI) of Delhi, India. One of Dr. Singh’s singular achievements was to establish the International Trade and Business Center at Tidewater Community College of Norfolk, Virginia (Tidewater CC) where he developed a comprehensive curriculum leading to both a two-year degree and a one-year certificate program in International Trade from the Virginia Community Colleges System. In addition, he served for many years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of International Trade and Business Educators (NASBITE). Further, he was an integral member of the Virginia Beach Board of Education Diversity Task Force. Finally, he was instrumental in bringing the NASBITE National Convention to Hampton Roads, where it was hosted by Tidewater CC.

Dr. Singh is widely respected as a gifted and sincere human rights advocate within the community and among his peers in social and community work. Significantly, he has championed women’s literacy both here in the United States and in his native India, and has advocated for the empowerment and education of the poor and under-privileged children of rural India. In recognition for this work, he was invited to represent the White House when President Clinton paid a state visit to India. 

Dr. Singh is and has long been a community leader, who takes pride in serving humanity and promoting unity and diversity. His has been a passionate lifetime advocacy for human rights and peaceful interfaith living. He has held public office as the President of the Asian-Indian Association of Hampton Roads; President of the Multicultural Alliance of Virginia, President of the Asian-American Pacific Heritage Foundation and Advisor to the Indian American Forum for Political Education. 

In recognition of his many achievements, Dr. Singh has been accorded many honors and awards over the years. He was awarded a Certificate of appreciation by the City of Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission. He also received the highest honor one could expect for his advocacy and service to his community, when the Senate and Delegate Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, issued its Joint Resolution of Special Commendation in 2003. In that same year, Meyera Oberndorf, the Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach, signed a proclamation declaring May 16, 2003 as Dr. Amarjit Singh, Mrs. Jagdish A. Singh and Ms. Tuni Singh Day in recognition of their community service.