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Government of India Alumni

Fall 2018

Mr. Mukesh Mangal
Mr. Devang Desai
Ms. Bindu Sharma
Mr. Neeraj Mehrotra
Mr. Dharmendra Arvindbhai Shah

Spring 2018

Mr. Sunil Kumar Chaudhary
Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha
Mr. Shiv Pal Singh
Mr. Ajithkumar Sreedharan
Mr. Pravinkumar Palsana

Fall 2017

Mr. Pravin Agrawal
Mr. Prallhad Shrikrishna Paranjape
Ms. Sukhgeet Kaur
Mr. Venkata Rama Raju Chelle
Ms. Nita Kejrewal

Spring 2017

Mr. Vivek Khare
Mr. Mukesh Kumar
Mr. Vivek Narayan
Mr. Harminder Palsingh Sran
Mrs. Rolley Mahendra Varma

Fall 2016

Ms. Bharati
Mr. Rajeev Kumar
Mr. Deepu Nediyara Salim

Spring 2016

Ms. Mugdha Sinha
Mr. Sai Baba Darbamulla
Mr. Govind Singh

Fall 2015

Ms. Gayatri Mishra
Ms. Prakriti Srivastava
Mr. Ramesh Kumar Suman

Fall 2014

Mr. Piush Kumar Gupta
Mr. Vijay Mohan Jain
Mr. Ramesh Kumar Suman

Spring 2014

Ms. Bhawna Garg
Mr. Deepak Kumar Kedia
Mr. Hari Har Mishra
Mr. Ajoy Sharma
Mr. Hareet Shukla

Fall 2013

Mr. Aditya Kumar Joshi
Ms. Amrit Raj
Mr. Goutam Roy
Mr. Samir Kumar Biswas
Dr. S. Murali Krishna



Fall 2018 Fellows

Mr. Mukesh Mangal is a Director at the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, in the Government of India. He has over 25 year of experience working at the government level, and is particularly skilled in the field of telecommunications, with a specialization and focus in Internal Security, Cyber Security and Quality Assurance. Currently, Mr. Mangal's responsibilities include: examination of investment proposals, including foreign direct investment in sensitive sectors like aviation, telecom, defense, explosive, arms, currency, broadcasting, etc., from a national security point of view; framing of investment policy; and cyber security policy of Government of India. He is also associated with policy matters concerning the lawful interception of communication. He received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Rajasthan University.



Mr. Devang Desai is a Government Officer belonging to Indian Administrative Services, popularly known as IAS, in the State of Gujarat. He joined Gujarat Administrative Services, Provincial Civil Services, in 1993 as Deputy Collector, having received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry degree from Gujarat Agricultural University in 1988. His experience include: working as Sub Divisional Magistrate looking after law and order and land revenue administration; working in tribal development, motor vehicle department as a licensing authority and urban development as City Manager; and working in tax and revenue matters. Presently, he works as District Development Officer in Valsad District of Gujarat, India, where he undertakes and supervises all village development activities within the district and helps to provide a variety of government services to rural people. These services include health, education, education scholarship to weaker section of the society, agricultural inputs and IEC, veterinary and animal husbandry services, birth & death registration, women and child care and nourishment, water harvesting, etc.

Ms. Bindu Sharma has served in various positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh for nearly ten years. While she has mainly served in Forest Department, where she gained good experience in Social Forestry, Community Forest Management and Clean Development Mechanism by facilitating carbon sequestration projects, she also has worked in the Housing and Urban Development Department.  She has also served in the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Forest, Rural Development and Infrastructure departments for 4 years on inter- state deputation.  In Rural Development Department, she worked at District Watershed Agency Mahbubnagar, Additional Commissioner, AP Academy of Rural Development and for NREGS (Now MNREGA), the Government’s biggest employment guarantee program. Since December 2013, she has worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Government of India in Finance and Reproductive and Child Health Divisions.

Mr. Neeraj Mehrotra, an Indian Defense Service of Engineers (IDSE) Officer, is currently working as Director (Policy) in the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. At his current position, he is responsible for formulating developmental policies aimed at accelerating growth of the telecommunication services in the country. Mr. Mehrotra has over 26 years of experience in providing professional engineering support to the armed forces of the country while working at different levels in Military Engineer Services (MES), an important inter-services organization under Ministry of Defense. An expert structural designer, Mr. Mehrotra, has a great passion for sudoku solving and is amongst the top solvers in the country. He graduated in Civil Engineering from NIT Allahabad (erstwhile MNREC Allahabad) and did his Masters in Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

Mr. Dharmendra Arvindbhai Shah is a government officer in the cadre of Provincial Civil Services in the State of Gujarat, Republic Of India. He has a background in Veterinary Science and is also a Management graduate. He received his Masters of Veterinary Science in Surgery from Anand Veterinary College, Gujarat in 1991, while his Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management was from M S University, Gujarat in 1996. He also got a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IGNOU, India in 1998. He is currently posted as the Deputy Municipal Commissioner at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in the city of Ahmedabad. He started his career in 1991 as a Veterinary Officer and in 1993 as a Deputy Collector and has served the Gujarat Government in various administrative and magisterial capacities ever since. Through his diverse postings, his job profile has spanned the areas of law and order, land and estate administration, Stamp Duty, entertainment and luxury taxes, land revenue, protocol, implementation of governmental rural developmental schemes, rehabilitation of project affected people, land acquisition work, maintenance of supply and demand of essential commodities, disaster management, management of all civic amenities in local municipalities and large municipal corporations, Conducting elections for the Parliament, State legislative assembly and for urban civic bodies as well as rural bodies. His positive, dedicated and efficient approach has fetched him countless appreciation letters for unparalleled administration over the years.

Spring 2018 Fellows

Mr. Sunil Kumar Chaudhary is a government officer in a cadre of Provincial Civil Services in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Republic Of India. He is a science and law graduate and is presently posted as the Deputy Commissioner, Land Reforms, Board of Revenue, and in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow. He joined the service in 1999 as Deputy Collector and has served the Government in his various administrative and magisterial capacities. His work experience includes taking forward strategic development and policies for the renewable energy sector in the State by serving as Secretary and Chief Project Officer at UPNEDA. His keen interest in the fields of international relations, revenue laws, land reforms and legal writings aided his work as a member-secretary of drafting committee for codifying and drafting the revenue and land laws for the State. He is the author of Commentary on Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code. He received his Bachelor of Science from University, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1991, and his Bachelor of Laws from St. Andrews College in 1994.

Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha, an Indian Railway Accounts Service Officer, has worked as a Director in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India since October, 2016. He assists in coordinating major administrative activities and policies of the government. He organizes meetings of Committees of Secretaries to sort out differences amongst Ministries/Departments and to evolve consensus on various policy issues. He keeps watch on the progress of important administrative measures of the government, which affects more than one Ministry/Department and responsible for submitting to Cabinet Secretary, GoI such matters as require his attention or direction. He has a wide experience of working in Ministry of Railways as Financial Adviser in different units, such as Railway Workshop, Divisions, Zonal Headquarter and Railway Board. He graduated in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India in 1994 and joined Government of India in 1997 after clearing the Civil Services Examination.

Mr. Shiv Pal Singh is currently the Director of a flagship Mission of Government of India in the urban sector, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. The Mission aims at strengthening the basic infrastructure in 500 Mission cities that are home to 60 percent of urban population of the country. His responsibilities include helping and coordinating with the provincial governments preparing to implement the Mission and working with them to achieve the Mission's objectives. Prior to his current work, Mr. Singh worked in the field of forest and wildlife, both at the federal and field level. He has worked in the coordinating the management of Protected Areas in the countr, and, at the field level, has been actively involved in the scientific management of the forests and wildlife as well as the enforcement of the relevant laws. He has extensive work experience with local communities living in and around the forests. Mr Shiv Pal Singh enjoys hiking and nature photography. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Mr. Ajithkumar Sreedharan is the Protector of Emigrants at Ministry of External Affairs, at Chennai, in the Government of India. He has over 25 year of experience working at the government level, and is particularly skilled in the field of telecommunications, with a specialization and focus in computer networking. Currently, Mr. Sreedharan's responsibilities include the protection and aid of emigrants and prospective emigrants leaving India, as envisaged in the Indian Emigration Act of 1983. He inquires into the treatment received by emigrants during their emigration out of India, during their stay in the country they emigrated to, and during their return to India. His findings are reported to the Protector General of Emigrants, Ministry of External Affairs. As Protector of Emigrants, Chennai, Mr. Sreedharan looks after the Indian states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Pondicherry. He received his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Kerala University.

Mr. Pravinkumar Palsana is the Secretary, Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board in, Gandhinagar, Gujarat State, where he is performing his duty of recruiting class-3 employees for the State Government Departments since 2013. In the past he has worked in the Civil Supply Department, General Administration Department, Revenue Department and Education Department. Mr.Palsana has as well attended the training programme on “Leadership Development programme for Public Utility Managers” in Asia at AIT Bangkok in 2013. He received his Masters in Agriculture from Agriculture University, Sardar Krushinagar, Dantiwada, Gujarat in 1991. He also earned his Diploma in Yoga Education from Bhavnagar University in 2002.He gained certification in Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) from Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA in 2013.



Fall 2017 Fellows

Mr. Pravin Agrawal, an ‘Indian Forest Service’ Officer, is presently working as a Director at the Department of Heavy Industry where he deals with policy issues concerning Auto and Auto Component Sector. Additionally, he is responsible for the implementation of recently launched scheme on Electric Mobility. Mr. Agrawal is a Commonwealth scholar, who also attended US Department of State sponsored International Visitors Leadership program in 2015. Mr. Agrawal has a wide experience of working in various Departments like Forest, Rural Development, Higher Education, Information technology and Industries and commerce department in the State as well as in Government of India. He graduated in Civil Engineering and post Graduate Diploma in Management from Management Development Institute Gurgaon in Public Policy.


Mr. Prallhad Shrikrishna Paranjape is the Joint Commissioner of Sales Tax (Internal Audit) Maharashtra State in The Maharashtra Sales Tax Department (MSTD) of The Government of Maharashtra at Mumbai, where he supervises the administration and implementation of tax laws in the state of Maharashtra. Since 1991, he has served in the MSTD in administration and implementation of taxation laws in Maharashtra state in executive and supervisory role. He received his Master’s in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune with a Bachelor’s in commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce Pune under Pune University.




Ms. Sukhgeet Kaur is the Director of Project Appraisal and Management at the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)—a premier Government of India think tank. In addition to designing strategic and long-term policies for the Government, NITI Aayog also acts as the quintessential platform in bringing Indian States together in a spirit of cooperative federalism. At NITI Aayog, Sukhgeet deals with independent and professional techno-economic appraisals of Government Departments and Ministries projects/programmes so as to best guide investment decisions made by the Government. In the past she has handled Indian relations with countries in South and South East Asia as a part of the Ministry of External Affairs. She earned a B.A. (Hons.) in Geography and a Masters in Economics from Panjab University, later winning a scholarship to complete an M.Phil degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. Most recently she has earned an LLB degree during her service in the Government.


Mr. Venkata Rama Raju Chelle is a Director at the Ministry of Defense for the Government of India, where he is currently involved in the adminstration, establishment, and policy framing of Military Engineer Services (MES), an important interservice oranization of Defense. His past work includes management and developement of IT services for the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Defence, and field-level experience as a Director in the Department fo Telecommunications. Venkata earned a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications from Acharya Nagarjuna University in 1998, Vijayawada and a Master’s in Business Administration, Finance, from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi in 2010.




Ms. Nita Kejrewal manages a team of over 70 personnel working on the implementation of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission—a flagship Government program that aims to alleviate poverty by establishing institutional platforms intended to increase the rural poor’s household incomes through both livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial and public services. The program helps to empower women specifically by bringing one woman member from each poor rural household into Self Help Groups and further federating these SHGs at higher levels. In the past, Nita has handled national-level programs, such as the National Tuberculosis Control Programme and the National Leprosy Elimination Programme, and has worked closely with the World Bank and other international organizations like the UNDP and UNICEF. She graduated from Patna University with a B.A. (Hons.) in English. 


Spring 2017 Fellows


Mr. Vivek Khare began his career as an Engineering Executive in National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (A Govt. of India Undertaking). He worked as Control & Instrumentation Maintenance Engineer at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station. He later joined Department of Telecommunications, Govt. of India under Indian Telecommunication Service and worked in Department of Telecommunications & Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in various capacities. At present, he is Director of the Election Commission of India responsible for conducting training programs for national and international participants at India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management, an institute set up by Election Commission of India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunications from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.


Mr. Mukesh Kumar is Director of the Central Vigilance Commission, which is an apex vigilance institution, monitoring all vigilance activities and advising organizations of the Government of India in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work. Previously, he served as Deputy General Manager with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, a Government of India enterprise, supervising the legal, personnel, and material management departments. He received his Bachelor’s in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, MBA in Human Resource Management and degree in Law.




Mr. Vivek Narayan is the Director of Sports for the Government of India. Since 1991, he has served in the Government of India and worked on Satellite, Optical Fiber, Microwave, data and mobile communications, policy formulation and monitoring of Telecom Licenses. As Director of Sports, he is responsible for the promotion of excellence in Sports, International cooperation, sports awards and welfare of athletes. He received his Master’s in Business Administration (Financial Management) and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur, Rajasthan University.



Mr. Harminder Palsingh Sran was appointed to the Government of India Civil Service in 1989 and has more than 26 years of experience in Public Service.  Presently, he is Chief Vigilance Officer in Delhi Jal Board, an organization responsible for providing drinking water and sewerage facilities to more than 17 million people. Formerly, he was the Special Secretary for Land & Building, and Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Education, Urban Development, working on policy formulation and implementation at the state level.  He has extensive experience in District Administration having worked as SDM, ADM and District Magistrate, conducted more than 15 elections for the legislative assembly and Parliament of India, and worked as Deputy Commissioner in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, as Director of Vigilance.


Mrs. Rolley Mahendra Varma is Director of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the Government of India, where she is responsible for administrative and policy matters of media units working for dissemination of information on Government programs. Since 1994, she has worked in the Ministry of Defense. She has extensive experience in administrative, disciplinary, financial and budgetary matters related to Government including policy formulation, creation of infrastructure, and organizing national level seminars/exhibitions. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism.


Fall 2016 Fellows

Ms. Bharati is a Director at Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Government of India since 2014.  She is currently involved in the “National Mission for a Green India” which is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. She is also the Science and Technology Correspondent for United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for India. With over 24 years of professional experience in the field of conservation and management of forest biodiversity, she has worked with Central and State Governments in India both at field level as well as policy level.  She obtained Master of Science (Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology in 1987, Kanpur, and Master of Technology (Energy Studies) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989.



Mr. Rajeev Kumar is a Director at Non Communicable Diseases Division in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Government of India. His duties include to oversee program implementation, monitoring and policy formulation for National Programs on Non Communicable diseases; Inter and Intra ministerial coordination. He also heads the Social Media Division of the Ministry.  He won many awards such as Director General level award in 2013, Prestigious National award in 2008 for development and implementation of the concept of Weighted System Availability of Infrastructural assets, etc. He received Bachelor of Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Maths) in 1986 and Bachelor of Technology Electronics and Communication in 1989, both from University of Allahabad.  He is pursuing Master of Business Law from National Law School at University of Bangalore.

Mr. Deepu Nediyara Salim is the Assistant Director General at Unique Identification Authority of India, in the Government of India.  He has over 25 year experiences at the government, and in particular in the field of telecommunications, with specialization in project management. Currently, his work involved “Aadhaar”, which is a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, for managing fiscal budgets, increase convenience and promote hassle-free people-centric governance. The Aadhaar identity platform is one of the key pillars of the ‘Digital India’, where it will provide unique identity to every resident of the country. As Assistant Director General, he is responsible for the full scope of activities related to the program in the states of Odisha, Telangana.  He holds B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from REC/ NIT Warangal, and MBA from Sikkim Maniple University.   

Spring 2016 Fellows

Ms. Mugdha Sinha is the Director of Foreign Trade for NAFTA and Latin America Regions as well as Director of Export Promotion for Commodity Divisions of Textiles and Marine Products. Previously she held the position as Lead Negotiator and Coordinator for India-Canada CEPA Negotiations and Collector and District Magistrate for several provinces in India, including the provinces of Sri Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu. Hanumangarh and Bundi. Ms. Sinha has received various awards including a Letter of Commendation from the Election Commission for her work as DEO of Hanumangarh and Jhunjhunu (2012), the State Award for Best District in the Prashashan Gaon ke Sang Revenue Campaign (2010), the Director’s Gold Medal for the Best Judicial Assignment in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (2001), the Manorama Desai Prize for the Best Student in History from Lady Shri Ram College (1994-95) and the Principal’s Prize for Promoting Academic Ethos of the College from Lady Shri Ram College (1992-95), among others. Ms. Sinha has also been published 7 times, having written works that range from poetry to a series of monographs and a coffee table book titled, Baories of Bundi (2007). She received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy (International Diplomacy) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and holds diplomas in Smart Policy Design from Harvard University (2014), Public Policy from Sciences Po University in Paris (2014) and Public Policy from Duke Centre for International Development from Duke University (2010).

Mr. Sai Baba Darbamulla is the Director of the Indian Statistical Service (ISS) and Director (Vigilance) at the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in New Delhi.  As Director, Mr. Darbamulla manages Cadre of ISS officers and monitors all units of the Ministry to ensure fair and transparent vigilance administration and anti-corruption measures. He has held a variety of positions in the Indian Railways system over the span of the last 15 year and specializes in Project Planning and implementation, Information Management Systems and is a certified Lead Assessor of Quality Systems ISO 9001. Mr. Darbamulla was also a team member as Deputy Director (Rolling Stock) in World Bank aided Railway Rehabilitation Project at Mozambique. He has received several awards, including the Railway Staff College’s Gold Medal in 2004 and the GM South Central Railway’s Award in 1998. Mr. Darbamulla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kolkata, India.

Mr. Govind Singh is the Additional Director General of Police (Operations) heading Greyhounds and OCTOPUS organizations which undertake high risk, anti-extremist and anti-terrorist operations respectively in the State of Telangana.  Over the last 26 years, Mr. Singh has held a variety of positions, including Civil Police Monitor and Regional Operations Officer in Banja Luka during his appointment in a UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked at Engineers India Limited, providing consultancy services to Petro-Chemical Complexes and Refineries and served as Special Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, Home Department. Mr. Singh has received several awards including the Internal Security Medal for meritorious services and the President Police Medal for distinguished services by the Government of India. He also received two medals from the UN for his work during his UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Singh earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1985, after which he joined the Indian Police Service and worked in various parts of Andhra Pradesh State as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Inspector General of Police, supervising and directing the civil police responsible for prevention and detection of crime, investigation of crime, maintenance of Law and order and security of local population and vital installations.

Fall 2015 Fellows

Ms. Gayatri Mishra serves as Director, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India where she is responsible for making service allocations to candidates recommended or selected through civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.  She is responsible for more than 1000 posts involving 24 Services including the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service. She has previously served as Director (Hospitals) in the Ministry of Health and Welfare, GOI.  Prior to that, she served as Under Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.  Ms. Mishra holds a BA in Political Science from at Utkal University; an MA in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad; an MPhil in South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and a MBA from the Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.  

Ms. Prakriti Srivastava currently serves as Director (Administration), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.  She is currently on deputation from Ministry of Forests and Environment, Kerela.  Ms. Srivastava’s core competence is in policy relating to forests, wildlife and biodiversity conservation in India. Other areas of expertise include Forest Management, Protected Area Management, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Plants and Animals (CITES) and Wildlife Conservation Policy and Law.  She has played a key role in strengthening the policy framework for wildlife conservation in India, and has enhanced regional cooperation in controlling trans-border protection for wildlife and natural resources.  Ms. Srivastava is a 1990 batch officer in the Indian Forest Service.  She holds both MA and a BA degrees in Zoology and was ranked 10th in India in the prestigious Indian Forest Service examination.  

Mr. Ramesh Kumar Suman currently serves as Director, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.  There, he coordinates with various Ministries and Law Enforcement Agencies across India – at the State and National level – on various dimensions of security and policy matters including counter terrorism, intelligence and security clearances.  Previously, Mr. Suman held various positions in the Forests Department including Conservator of Forests (Audits & Accounts), Hyderabad, where he managed the allocation of budget and monitored expenditures in various units to ensure enforcement of financial discipline in the Forest department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.  Mr. Suman holds a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur; an M. Tech in Nuclear Engineering and Technology from IIT Kanpur; an AIGNFA DIPLOMA – equivalent to an MSC in Forestry from Indria Gandhai National Forest Academy; and an MBA in Human Resources from Sikkim Manipal University.  

Fall 2014 Fellows

Mr. Piush Kumar Gupta is a Director at the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India dealing with Ministry level matters related to the Indian Air Force’s Operation, Manpower Planning, Personnel Management and Work Services.  Prior to this he was also a Director overseeing vigilance cases at the Ministry of Defence.  His career also spanned several years with the Indian Ministry of Railways holding positions such as Director dealing with Signal Engineering, Safety in train Operations and Deputy Chief Vigilance Officer.  In 2005, he received a “National Award for Outstanding Service” from the Ministry of Railways.  Mr. Gupta completed with distinction a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Delhi Technological University and a one-year National Security and Strategic Studies course at the National Defence College.  He participated in several international programs in the United States, Japan, Italy, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia and France.


Mr. Vijay Mohan Jain is a Director at the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.  He is responsible for overseeing Central Assistance to State Plans and monitoring the financial position of all States, including the availability of funds for debt sustainability.  He provides advice to implementing Ministries and Planning Commissions on policies involving state finances.  Previously, he handled policy-making for the Central Excise wing of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, covering the interpretation and framing of rules/regulations, as well as budget proposal.  He also supervised import and export –related activities in JN Port, Nhava Sheva and the Mumbai Port.  Mr. Jain holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kurukshetra University at Kurukshetra, India.  He has completed field visits in Canada and Malaysia.  His interests include writing and reading poetry in Hindi and Urdu.


Mr. Sumnesh Joshi is the Assistant Director General in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Planning Commission of the Government of India at Regional Office Mumbai. UIDAI is a prestigious transformation project undertaken to provide a unique identification for all residents in India.  Mr. Joshi handled the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the various States, onboarding of ecosystem partners such as states, banks and enrollment agencies, and the launch of the first Aadhaar (brand name of identification number) by the Honorable Prime Minister of India at Nandurbar district in Maharashtra. He is also involved in rolling out of Aadhaar based applications for various service deliveries. He is the first officer to join Regional Office Mumbai and instrumental in setting up UIDAI operations in western region of India. In the past 20 years of his career as an Indian Telecom Service Officer, Mr Joshi was posted in various capacities with Department of Telecommunications and then with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, a public sector unit for telecom services and handled telecom installations, planning, operations, sales and marketing of telecom services, in states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.  During the 2001 earthquake in the State of Gujarat, he took the lead in ensuring that the long distance telecom traffic in the State remained stable. Mr. Joshi holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Engineering College Kota, University of Rajasthan.

Spring 2014 Fellows

Bhawna Garg is the Special Secretary of Finance for the Chandigarh Administration in India.  She has worked towards augmenting city bus services to provide a reliable and efficient public transport system.  Prior to this she served at the Department of Science, Technology & Environment at the State Government of Punjab.  She served as Special Secretary for Revenue, State Planning, Disaster Management, Land Records and Governance Reforms for the State Government of Punjab.  She received the Director’s Shield for being first in Order of Merit and a Gold Medal for best performance in extra-curricular activities during her training at the LBS National Academy of Administration.  She is also the first woman to get the First Rank in the All India Civil Services Examination (271,000 applicants) and continued to hold the top position after professional assessment in LBSNAA.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology (Chemical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.


Deepak Kumar Kedia is the Director of the Naxal Management Division for the Government of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.  In this position, Mr. Kedia contributes towards framing policies to end the menace of  left wing extremists and also to ensure the security of vital installations, railway property, and infrastructure in left wing extremist affected Areas .  Previously Mr. Kedia served as Superintendent of Police in various provinces of Assam   including Guwahati, Haflong, and Sivasagar, where he oversaw prevention, detection, and control of crime and supervision of investigation of criminal cases and maintenance of law and order.  In this capacity, he achieved deep insight in the criminal justice system in India  and  worked to improve the image of police by developing community-based programs.  He also worked on preventing communal riots, unrest in the tea gardens, and ethnic clashes.  Prior to entering the Indian Police Service in 1999, Mr. Kedia was educated to become an expert in financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and organizational management as he holds the degree of commerce graduate and the professional qualifications of Chartered Accountanty(CA), company secretary (CS), and Cost Accountancy (ICWA) . Mr. Kedia also holds a graduate degree in Law (LLB) from Guwahati University.


Hari Har Mishra is the Director (Internal Finance) for the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India.  Prior to this he was Additional Controller of Defence Accounts for the Ministry of Defence.  For the last 14 years he was deeply involved in audit, accounting, payments and financial advice for the Ministry of Defence.  He received the Raksha Mantri Award and commendation from the Army Chief for his vision and implementation of a monthly payment system of salary to Army Jawans, which was a paradigm shift.  He completed his MBA in Finance from the National Institute of Financial Management in Faridabad, India.  Among the numerous training programs he has participated in is a financial management program at RIPA, London and a network security program at IIM, Ahmedabad.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.


Ajoy Sharma is the Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of the state of  Punjab, India.  In his current position he monitors the implementation of flagship programs and federal-state coordination issue. In the past 14 years of his career as an Indian Administrative Service Officer, he has implemented various government schemes in the sectors of Education, Public health, rural and urban development, women, children and social welfare as head of administrative units.  Mr. Sharma is passionate about making public delivery systems efficient and transparent. He has successfully implemented innovative solutions such as e-citizen service centers, e-tendering,  e-payment and e-treasury , bringing in transparency and accountability in public institutions. He is keenly interested in the field of education, rural development and public health.  Mr. Sharma led the initiatives under National Rural Health Mission in the slum and rural areas of Chandigarh, raising the rate of institutional delivery from 70% in 2010 to 90% in 2012. He has led a holistic youth development program for the 15000 college students of City state of Chandigarh, improving their employability skills, personal development and channelizing their energy in positive community work. He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology (Communication & Radar Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


Hareet Shukla is the Additional Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department in the State of Gujarat, India.  In this position, he oversees Medical Education and Public Health for the entire state of 60 million people.  He is Project Director of a plan that gives health coverage to underprivileged people of the State and is also Chair of the Committee to develop policy recommendations for human resource development and management. Previously, Mr. Shukla served as Collector and District Magistrate of Ahmedabad, Gujarat where he was the Chief Coordinator of all government programs.  Mr. Shukla worked in the areas of law, land administration, and rural development.  For example, under his tenure, 450 equipped and fully-furnished libraries were developed at rural primary schools to instill the habit of reading in children. His past experiences include working in a rehabilitation program undertaken after the Kutch Earthquake of 2001.  Prior to beginning his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1999, Mr. Shukla earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.  He also earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from Annamalai University.

Fall 2013 Fellows


Mr. Aditya Kumar Joshi

With more than 15 years field experience in forestry and wildlife and extensive experience with the Indian Central Government, Mr. Joshi joins the EMPPI program in his current capacity as Director (Training) for the Department of Personnel and Training.  He oversees long-term domestic training programs in addition to other programs of the Central Government and is actively involved in national and field-level policy formulation and implementation. His prior roles include:  Special Secretary (Forest and Environment) for the Government of Manipur, Imphal; Senior Assistant Inspector General of Forests for the Ministry of Environment and Forest; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment; and Deputy Conservator of Forests for the Government of Manipur. Mr. Joshi received his Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Pantnagar University, Master’s Degree in Forestry from the National Forest Academy in Dahradun,  and a M. Phil. in Social Sciences from Punjabi University, Chandigarh.  His areas of interest include public policy and management, environment and forest policy, ecological and ecosystem services, role of forestry in climate change, sustainable development and utilization of natural resources.


Ms. Amrit Raj

On January 2013, Ms. Raj assumed the role of Director for North East Asia for the Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India.  In this capacity she coordinated initiatives on export promotion and trade facilitation.  She was part of the official team for trade negotiations under the North East Asia division and chaired the India-Korea Director-level coordination meeting on the implementation of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Prior to her current role, Ms. Raj was Director of Finance for the Department of Commerce from 2010-2012.  She is also the former Director for the Business Development Directorate of the India Post in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and Director for the Uttarakhand Division in Dehradun. From 2001- 2004, she was the Senior Superintendent of Posts/Railway Mail. Ms. Raj completed her Bachelor of Arts and LLB from Hindu College, Delhi University and a law degree from Campus Law Centre Delhi University.


Mr. Goutam Roy

As Director of Child and Women Labour for the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of India, Mr. Roy is a seasoned civil servant with 22 years of experience.  He is responsible for monitoring 7300 child labour schools in under the National Child Labour Project and interacting with various NGOs and international organizations such as UNICEF. A large part of his career has been as Director and Deputy Director of the Central Electric Authority under the Ministry of Power.  In this role, he led the group involved in the transmission system planning of the Northern grid of India.  He handled techo-economic appraisals of power generation and transmission projects.  Prior to these roles, he was also Assistant Director/Assistant Executive Engineer for the Central Electric Authority/Northern Regional Electricity Board. Mr. Roy graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University in 1985 and received an Advanced Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU in 1995.


Mr. Samir Kumar Biswas

Mr. Biswas is Chief Executive Officer of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project in Mumbai, where he works for the comprehensive rehabilitation of informal settlers in the area and improvement of living standards through a public-private partnership model in urban housing.    He brings 22 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Service officer to the EMPPI program. From 2000 – 2012, he held several senior roles at Maharashtra State – as Managing Director of the State Textile Corporation and State Financial Corporation, Joint Managing Director of the State Road Development Corporation and Director of Census Operations.  At the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, he worked on a number of mega-infrastructure projects such as the Integrated Border Check Posts Project and Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Bridge. Mr. Biswas graduated with a Master of Financial Management degree from Jamnalal  Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University.  He also has a B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) from I.I.T. Madras, Chennai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management  from I.I.M. Bangalore. He has a keen interest in public policy analysis and formulation, particularly in urban housing for the poor.


Dr. S. Murali Krishna

Dr. S. Murali Krishna currently serves as the Additional Chief Executive Officer for the Gujarat Urban Development Mission in the Urban Development & Urban Housing Department in Gujarat. In this position he oversees the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as well as infrastructure projects of water supply and drainage in municipalities. In 1992, Dr. Murali served as a physician at the Primary Health Centre for 2 years followed by five years as the District Panchayat Officer for the AP State Civil Services. After joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1998, he worked in the field in various capacities such as District Collector and District Development Officer for twelve years. Following his field work he became the Director of Central Medical Stores Organization for the Department of Health in Gujarat where he was responsible for the procurement of drugs and equipment for various hospitals and state institutions. He has also served as the Additional Industries Commissioner and Additional Chief Electoral Officer during the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections. In addition to these roles, Dr. Murali was previously the Additional Secretary in Urban Development & Urban Housing Department, where he dealt with subjects such as town planning and the JNNURM. Dr. Murali received his MBBS from Kurnool Medical College, Sri Venkateshwara University.