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Gopinath Pillai, The Indian-Origin Diplomat Awarded in Singapore

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The Indian-origin diplomat, Mr Gopinath Pillai,was honoured with Outstanding Service Award by National University Of Singapore[NUS] on 24th April 2015. The 78-year-old Gopinath Pillai,who is currently Ambassador-at-large of Singapore and special envoy to Andhra Pradesh got the award for his contributions to the Singapore city-state in an event organised by NUS. Mr Pillai, during the function, recollected his past when he faced great challenge in shaping Singapore, when the island was in its last stages of colonial rule.

  • Mr Gopinath Pillai, had great interest in international relations and community welfare right from his university days itself.
  • He was a journalist, banker and worked in many fields
  • Mr pillai has contributed to Singapore through his distinguished service as a diplomat for more than 25years,
  • Also honoured was Dr Seek Ngee Huat aged 65, a founder of NUS institute of real estate studies.
  • NUS president Mr Tan Chorh Chuan said Mr Pillai and Dr Seek worked tirelessly to expand the opportunities for the future generations
  • In commitment and service Mr Pillai and Dr Seek are exemplars of NUS spirit.


  • Mr Gopinath Pillai was born in Singapore to Indian parents .
  • He spent 8years of his childhood in Kerala.
  • He did his Bachelor Of Arts[BA] from University Of Malaya in 1961.
  • He worked as a journalist with Reuters and is Chairman of IT company Savant Infocomm.
  • His diplomatic career began in 1980’s with Singapore’s Parliamentary Committee on defence and foreign affairs.
  • Has served as non-resident Ambassador to Iran from 1990 to 2008.
  • He also served as Singapore High commissioner to Pakistan.
  • Padmashri award was given to him by the Indian government in 2012.