Dr. M. S. Gill, Past President of the Himalayan Club, has long and abiding interest in the Himalaya. He was the Deputy Commissioner for the state of Lahaul and Spiti (1961-62) and served a long stint in this remote area. Later he undertook the Basic Training course in mountaineering under Tenzing at HMI Darjeeling and has continued his keen interest in the range.
Dr. Gill was formerly a member of the Indian Administrative Services and served as the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 1996 to 2001. He was responsible for the introduction of Electronic Voting machines which curbed malpractices to a large extent. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for this work. In April 2008, Dr. Gill was inducted as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, for two terms and was an M.P. of the Rajya Sabha.
He has written Himalayan Wonderland: Travels in Lahaul – Spiti and published several professional papers in course of his duty.
He was the President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for six years and after retiring from there took over as the President of the Himalayan Club for six years. He undertook reforms in both these organizations and used his administrative capabilities to the maximum.
The Himalayan Club owes a great debt to him for his tireless working to raise funds which enabled the Club to buy an Office in Mumbai, first time that the Club has a home in its long history.