Monpas: Buddhists of the High Himalayas
Vinay Sheel Oberoi
Vinay Sheel Oberoi was a former civil servant who served as Secretary, Higher Education, in the Government of
India and as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris. Educated at The Doon School,
Dehradun, he graduated from St. Stephen’s College and then obtained a postgraduate degree from the Delhi
School of Economics. Soon after, in 1979, he joined the Indian Administrative Service and was assigned to the
Assam–Meghalaya cadre. His field postings in Assam were in proximity to the Manas National Park and the
Brahmaputra river; and in Meghalaya, in the verdant Khasi hills.