Manmohan Singh was born on 26 September 1932, in Gah, Punjab (now in Chakwal District, Pakistan). After India-Pakistan partition, he migrated to Amritsar from where he went to the Punjab University, Chandigarh to study Economics and attained his bachelor's and master's degree in 1952 and 1954 respectively, standing first throughout his academic career. He went on to get a master's degree from St. John's College, Cambridge University, where he won the Wright's Prize for distinguished performance in 1955 and 1957. He was also won one of the few recipients of the Wrenbury scholarship. In 1962, Singh completed his D.Phil from the University of Oxford Nuffield College. His topic of his doctorate thesis was "Indias Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth".
In 1997, the University of Alberta presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws. The University of Oxford awarded him an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree in June 2005, and in October 2006, the University