Nikhil Kumar was born on July 15th, 1941, in Vaishali, Bihar, India. He is a Civil Servant, Administrator, Statesmen, Parliamentarian and Governor. He was born to Satyendra Narayan Sinha and Kishori Sinha. His father served as the Chief Minister of Bihar, expert leader of the Indian National Congress, a seven-term MP (Member of Parliament) and was from the Aurangabad constituency. His mother was the Member of Parliament for Vaishali. Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Bihar’s first Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister is Nikhil’s grandfather. N.K. Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, is his brother-in-law. He was India’s Revenue Secretary and has also served as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. Nikhil got married to Shyama Singh, Aurangabad Representative in Lok Sabha. Altogether, Nikhil comes from a political background.
Nikhil Kumar studied in St. Xavier’s High School in Patna. He graduated with a M.A. degree in Modern History from Allahabad University. In 1963, he got into civil services. He became an IPS (Indian Police Service) officer, and was allocated to Delhi. Nikhil Kumar has held many important positions. He served as the Additional Director General of BSF (Border Security Force) from 1989 to 1991 and from 1992 to 1994. From January, 1995 to April, 1997, he was the Commissioner of Police in Delhi. Nikhil was the Director-General of ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police). From April 3rd, 1997, to December 3rd, 1999, he was the Internal Security (Special Home Secretary) of Government of India. Nikhil was the Director-General of National Security Guards from June 30th, 1999, to July 31st, 1901. Nikhil Kumar was the Member of National Security Advisory Board of Government of India from 2001 to 2003. He was elected from 2004 to 2009 to the 14th Lok Sabha.
On 15th of October, 2009, Nikhil became the Governor of Nagaland and took the secrecy and oath as a Governor on the same day. He is also a member of the Committee of Governors. It was established by the Indian President to understand and suggest measures for enhancing profitability, competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the agricultural segment of India. In Bhubaneshwar, at the national cultural festival Baisakhi Utsav, Nikhil was awarded the respected Neelachakra Samman held at Jayadev Bhawan.
Nikhil Kumar was appointed as the Governor of Kerala by Pranab Mukherjee, the Indian President on March 9th, 2013. Within a short period, Nikhil was considered as “People’s Governor” because of his illustrious tenure. On 4th March 2014, he resigned as Governor Kerala to race for Lok Sabha Elections in Bihar from Aurangabad.