|Governor of Kerala|
23 March 2013 – 05 March 2014
|Chief Minister||Oommen Chandy|
|Preceded by||Hansraj Bhardwaj|
|Succeeded by||Sheila Dikshit|
|Governor of Nagaland|
15 October 2009 – 21 March 2013
|Chief Minister||Neiphiu Rio|
|Preceded by||Gurbachan Jagat|
|Succeeded by||Ashwani Kumar|
|Member of the Lok Sabha for Aurangabad|
|Preceded by||Shyama Singh|
|Succeeded by||Sushil Kumar Singh|
|Director General NSG|
30 June 1999 – 31 July 2001
|Preceded by||TR Kakkar|
|Succeeded by||Sh Gurbachan Jagat|
|Director General ITBP|
3 April 1997 – 3 December 1997
|Preceded by||B B Nandy|
|Succeeded by||Pt. Gautam Kaul|
|Commissioner of Delhi Police|
January 1995 – April 1997
|Succeeded by||T.R. Kakkar|
|Director BSF Academy|
July 1990 – December 1990
|Preceded by||D.K. Arya|
15 July 1941 |
Vaishali, Bihar, India
|Alma mater||Allahabad University|
|As of 26 September, 2006
Nikhil Kumar (Hindi: निखिल कुमार) (born 15 July 1941) is an Indian politician who was Governor of Nagaland from 2009 to 2013 and Governor of Kerala from 2013 to 2014. He was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing the Aurangabad constituency in Bihar as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He also served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology.
He is a son of Satyendra Narayan Sinha, who was Chief Minister of Bihar, a veteran Indian National Congress leader and a seven-term Member of Parliament, also from the constituency of Aurangabad.
His grandfather Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha,known as Bihar Vibhuti, was the first Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister of Bihar and an eminent Gandhian; his father "Chhote Saheb" was close in his later years to Jayaprakash Narayan and was one of most prominent leaders of the anti-Emergency movement in Bihar and also the President of the Bihar wing of the Janata Party in 1977.
He was educated at St. Xavier's High School, Patna and then at Allahabad University, where he earned an M.A. in Modern History. He entered the civil service in 1963 and was an Indian Police Service officer assigned to the erstwhile Union Territory of Delhi. He held many important assignments and posts of national importance, in particular Additional Director General, Border Security Force (BSF) (1989–91;1992–94), Commissioner of Police,Delhi during 1995-97.In 1997-99 he became Special Secretary with charge of Internal Security at the Home Ministry. He also served as the Director-General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) & National Security Guards (NSG),a position he held till his retirement in July 2001. He was then appointed Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India (2001–03).He was awarded with the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1977 and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1985.
Governor of Nagaland
He took the oath of office and secrecy as the Governor of Nagaland on 15 October 2009.He  has been appointed a member of the Committee of Governors, constituted by the President of India to study and recommend measures for enhancing productivity, profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector in India with special reference to rainfed area farming. He has been conferred with the prestigious Neelachakra Samman,during the  national cultural festival Baisakhi Utsav at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.
Governor of Kerala
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, appointed him as Governor of Kerala on 9 March 2013.He had an  illustrious tenure in the state and even in a short time, he was revered as a true “People’s Governor” and left his indelible mark on the people with ease and dignity.His astonishing capability to speak extempore on important policies, in his own inimitable style and his  ability to communicate with the masses facilitated his deep and sympathetic involvement in all aspects of the life in the state of Kerala.He resigned as Governor on March 4, 2014  to contest the Lok Sabha Elections from Aurangabad in Bihar.
- 1995-97: Commissioner of Police, Delhi (DGP rank)
- 1997: Director-General Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
- 1997-99: Special Home Secretary (Internal Security), Government of India
- 1999-01: Director-General National Security Guards
- 2001-03: Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India
- 2004-09: Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
- 2009-13: Governor of Nagaland
- 2013-14: Governor of Kerala
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