*With the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar- launch of National Rail Vikas Yojana

The Hindu Dec 27, 2002The Hindu, December 27, 2002

Jansatta Dec 27, 2002Jansatta, December 27, 2002


*Release of Sandeep Silas’ first book, Discover India by Rail, by the then Hon’ble Home Minister Shri L K Advani, then Hon’ble Tourism Minister Shri Ananth Kumar & Hon’ble Shri Vijay Goel at Red Fort, New Delhi


*Sandeep Silas made the world’s first-ever Science Exhibition on Rail, the “VIGYAN RAIL”, flagged-off on an year long journey on December 15, 2003 by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

honble-prime-minister-for-vigyan-rail-flagging-off-ceremony honble-prime-minister-of-india-shri-a-b-vajpayee-for-vigyan-rail-flag-off honble-prime-minister-of-india-honble-minister-for-hrd-honble-mr-flagging-off-vigyan-rail

Vigyan Rail Certificate

honble-shri-nitish-kumar-coming-to-see-vigyan-railHon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar at Vigyan Rail

mr-viewing-vigyan-railHon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar viewing Vigyan Rail

with-honble-mr-shri-nitish-kumar-in-vigyan-railHon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar with Sandeep Silas

inside-a-vigyan-rail-coach-with-ministerWith Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, India,  Shri Kapil Sibal

union-minister-for-science-conferring-award-letterHon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, India, Shri Kapil Sibal awarding Sandeep Silas for making “Vigyan Rail”

ISRO news on Vigyan Rail:


*1st Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on marketing of Scouting (1999), Brisbane, Australia

1st Asia-Pacific Workshop on Marketing of Scouting 1999

Brisbane S & G Workshop


*Letter of Appreciation (2010) by Dean of Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA

Appreciation Letter by Dean, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA


*Participation in Republic Day Tableaux (2001-2004)

As an Artist in Republic Day Tableau 2002


with-honble-defence-minister-shri-george-fernandesBronze Trophy awarded to Sandeep Silas by Hon’ble Minister of Defence, India, for the Republic Day Tableaubronze-prize-being-awarded-by-honble-defence-minister-india-shri-george-fernandes

defence-minister-with-my-tableau-teamHon’ble Minister of Defence, India, Shri George Fernandes with my team!



As an Artist in Republic Day Tableau 2004kalka-shimla-railway-tableau-gold

mos-defence-awarding-gold-prize-to-sandeep-silasGold Trophy awarded to Sandeep Silas by Hon’ble Minister of State, Defence, India, for the Best Republic Day Tableau

with-honble-minister-of-railways-shri-nitish-kumar-and-chairman-railway-board-shri-r-k-singhWith Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar and Chairman Railway Board Shri R. K. Singhwith-honble-minister-of-railways-shri-nitish-kumar




As an Artist in Republic Day Tableay 2003republic-day-tableau-on-goods-wagonsbholu-on-rajpath


As Artist in Republic Day Tableau 2001darjeeling-himalayan-railway-tableau

defence-minister-india-honble-shri-george-fernandes-awarding-sandeep-silas-with-silver-prizeSilver Trophy for Republic Day Tableau awarded to Sandeep Silas by Hon’ble Minister of Defence, India, Shri George Fernandes  with-mod-shri-george-fernandes


With my team

a-true-leader-participatesA true leader participates!

with-pm-shri-a-b-vajpayeeWith Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri A. B. Vajpayee at Teen Murti lawns


*Sandeep Silas is the only officer in entire Indian Railways who has won the Bronze, the Silver and the Gold Trophy in a row for making imaginative and interesting Railway Tableaux for India’s Republic Day Parade! 


*Sandeep Silas as Director, Information & Publicity won the Best Pavilion Award from International Trade Promotion Organization, ITPO (Ministry of Commerce, GOI) for Indian Railways

With then Minister of Railways Nitish Kumar

Lauded by then Minister of Railways Nitish Kumar

Appreciated by then Minister of State Mr. O. Rajgopalachri


Awarded by then Minister of Commerce Ajit Singh



*British Chevening Scholar at Manchester Business School, UK (2002-2003)

British Chevening Scholarship 2002-2003


Presentation at MBS, UK

Manchester Business School Senior Executive Course 77

as-a-chevening-scholar-with-former-president-of-india-shri-venkataraman-british-high-commissioner-to-indiaChevening Scholars with former President of India Shri R. Venkataraman and the British High Commissioner


*Silver Star Award by Bharat Scouts & Guides (2001), India

honble-defence-minister-shri-george-fernandes-presenting-silver-star-award-to-sandeep-silas-minister-shri-sharad-pawar-looks-onHon’ble Minister of Defence Shri George Fernandes awarding the Silver Star, second highest Scouting Award to Sandeep Silas! Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture Shri Sharad Pawar in the picturemod-and-sandeep-silas

Silver Star Award by Bharat Scouts & Guides 2001


*Silver Elephant, Highest Scouts & Guides National Award (2005-2006), India, conferred by  H. E. The President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Bharat Scouts & Guides Award Function at Rashtrapati Bhavan 2007


Investiture of the Bharat Scouts & Guides Award at Rashtrapati Bhavan, 11 July 2007Citatation read out at Rashtrapati Bhavan for Sandeep Silas, 11 July 2007

h-e-president-of-india-mr-a-p-j-kalam-awarding-the-silver-elephant-to-sandeep-silasH. E. The President of India Mr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam awarding the Highest Scouting Award, the Silver Elephant to Sandeep Silas at Ashoka Hall, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhihe-the-president-of-india-mr-apj-kalam-awarding-highest-national-scouting-award-to-sandeep-silas

Silver Elephant Award conferred by H. E. President of India Mr. A. P. J. Kalam 2003


*Course in TV Production (2000)

Course on TV Production at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, 2000


*Distinguished Service Award (1998) by Northern Railways

Distinguished Service Award 1998


*Management in Government Award (1994)

Management in Government, Nainital, 1994


*Sandeep Silas awarded the Master of Public Administration degree with distinction and honour (2007-2008) from Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York, USA

Sandeep at Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Master of Public AdministrationIMG_3472

Specialization in Conflict ResolutionIMG_3466


*Leadership Breakthroughs Programme (2012), Dubai

Leadership Breakthroughs Award by British Council, Dubai, 2012


*Systemic Leadership Programme (2012), London, UK

Systemic Leadership Programme Award by MiDDLEGROUND & LSE Complexity, London, 2012


*First-ever International Award on Inter-cultural Leadership (2014), UK, to Sandeep Silas

First-ever Intercultural Leadership Award 2014 by British Council UK-India

Richard Everitt, Director Education & Society British Council presenting the First-ever Inter-cultural Leadership Award to Sandeep Silas, Feb 28, 2015; in picture Vishu Sharma

News in Outlook (April 1-15, 2015)Outlook (Hindi) April 1-15

News in The Pioneer (March 26, 2015)The Pioneer March 26th 2015

News in Millennium Post (March 25, 2015)Millenium Post March 25th 2015


*Meritorious Service Award (MRs Award 2002), Highest in-service award, conferred by Indian Railways’

Meritorious Performance Award by Minister of Railways-47th Railway Week 2002

Minister of Railways Award

Hon'ble Minister Digvijay Singh pinning the Meritorious Service Award of Indian Railways

With Honb'le MoS Railways, Shri Digvijay Singh


*150th Year of Railways in India was an imaginative programme conceived and implemented by Sandeep Silas as Director, Information & Publicity, Ministry of Railways

Office as Director, Information & Publicity, Railways'


*Bholu The Guard, Mascot of Indian Railways, brain-child of Sandeep Silas

Mascot of Indian Railways' Bholu the Guard, brain child of Sandeep Silas



*First-ever Commemorative & Currency Coin in the 163 years history of ‘Railways in India’ so far, was the new idea, design and contribution of Sandeep Silas



A journey from the birth of an idea, then its making and eventually release to the public…all by Sandeep Silas!

sandeep-silas-speaking-at-the-coin-release-ceremonyRecounting the journey and letting the coin roll!recounting-railways-glorious-past

honble-minister-of-railways-shri-nitish-kumar-speaking-at-the-coin-release-eventHon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar…happy at the occasion

honble-finance-minister-india-speaking-at-the-ceremonyHon’ble Finance Minister of India Shri Jaswant Singh speaking at the Coin Release Ceremony

releasing-the-commemorative-and-currency-coin-on-railways-in-india-1-sep-2003Commemorative & Currency Coin Release to the world on 1st Sep 2003


*National Gold Star Award (2005)

National Gold Star Award 2005

honble-minister-shri-oscar-fernandes-conferring-the-awardHon’ble Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Youth Affairs & Sports, Overseas Indian Affairs, awarding Sandeep Silas with the National Gold Star Awardwell-deserved


celebration-momentCelebration Moment!


*Digvijay Swarn Jayanti Samman conferred for contribution as Travel Writer and Poet by Digvijay Magazine- 2004

Minister Subodh Kant Sahay conferring the Award to Sandeep Silas


*Principal’s Medal at Railway Staff College (1992), Vadodara

Principal Railway Staff College Award for having stood 1st with Distinction


*Sandeep Silas won the highest national media award, the Akashvani Annual Award 2000

Akashvani Annual Award 2001


*Sandeep Silas won the Public Service Broadcasting Award for Gandhian Philosophy 2001

Public Service Broadcasting Award Function 2001

Public Service Broadcasting Award by Prasar Bharati on Gandhian Philosophy 2001

prasar-bharati-public-service-broadcasting-award-with-smt-sukhjinder-kaurWith Mrs. Sukhjinder Kaur, Director, All India Radio


*Rashtriya Hindi Academy, Rupambra Award (2003) to Sandeep Silas for promotion of Rajbhasha

Rashtriya Hindi Academy, Rupambra Award 2003


*St. John’s College, Agra, Dramatic Society Awards (1978-1980)

St. John's Dramatic Society, Agra, 1978

Festival of One Act Plays, Dec 1978, St. John's Agra Festival Sheet 1, Dec 1978Festival Sheet 2, Dec 1978





Festival Sheet 3, Dec 1978


St. John's Dramatic Society, Agra, 1979

Festival Nov 1979, St. John's, AgraFestival 1979 sheet 2

News on Festival of One Act Plays 1979

Othello, Mar 1979, St. John's, AgraOthello Cast


St. John's Dramatic Society, Agra, 1980ZODIAC by St. John's College Dramatic Society Mar 1980Zodiac Cast contd.


*IBADAT-E-ISHQ (Worship of Love), Music Album brought out by TIMES MUSIC- a peace bridge of music project by Sandeep Silas ‘deep’ (Shayar, India) and Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan (Sufi Singer, Pakistan) !


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*Ambassador of Peace Award, January 14, 2014

Husan Ara Trust, India, conferred upon Sandeep Silas the “Ambassador of Peace Award” on Jan 14, 2014 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi for his work on peace bridging between communities and nations.

Union Ministers Hon’ble Shri K. Rehman Khan, Hon’ble Shri Farooq Abdullah and Honb’le Shri Oscar Fernandes jointly presented the award to Sandeep Silas!

Ambassador of Peace Award

Ambassador of Peace Award 1



*Sandeep Silas conferred the Dr. A. P. J. Kalam MOHABBAT AWARD (2015) for his work on peace and communal harmony by Uhas Group, New Delhi, India



*Sandeep Silas participated in the National Workshop of Central Board of Workers Education 2011

CBWE 2011


*Award & Public Felicitation at Agra, India

On February 19, 2017, the Maratha Sewa Sangh and Backward Minorities Front (non-political) organized a Public Felicitation Ceremony at AGRA (India) on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti and conferred the Bharat Gaurav Samman (Pride of India Award) for remarkable and outstanding public service in governance!

First public award in hometown Agra !

These lovely people forever changed my concept of a public felicitation…

Reminded of the Song- Ye public hai, ye sab jaanti hai, ye public hai….. (The people know it all, nothing escapes their eyes!