Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Indian Educational Service: Why does govt need to create yet another subordinate cadre?

AS THE government mulls over creating a new service called Indian Educational Service (IES) on the lines of IAS, Indian Forest Service or Indian Revenue Service, many officers from Group-A services have said in the condition of anonymity said that such a specialised service would be meaningless until it's made clear that the human resource development (HRD) would finally be manned by that specialised cadre alone. The officers of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) which is one of the large cadres with 4,400 men all over the country, have now been lobbying hard to make the Income-Tax department independent of the clutches of IAS officers. They are citing the example of Indian Railways and Indian Postal department where their own officers man the show up to the apex level.
In fact, HRD minister Kapil Sibal is believed to be liking the idea of creating a separate cadre IES mooted by a group of experts led by former HRD secretary Anil Bordia, a retired IAS officer. But questions were raised on the utility of such an exercise as the IES, which was first constituted in India as a result of the recommendations of a report of the Public Service Commission of 1886, suffered from low status in comparison with the Indian Civil Service and other allied services and faced discontent among its incumbents, a government report suggested. The service was finally discontinued in 1924. In fact, even when the IES officers manned the education department, top positions in the department were with ICS personnel who received higher benefits and status. General discontent among IES officers and financial considerations were the prime reasons for the extinction of the Service itself.
There were earlier attempts too, to bring back the extinct cadre. In 1965, a resolution was passed in the Rajya Sabha for the creation of the IES (General and Technical Education). The resolution which was endorsed by a conference of education ministers held in 1966, was not pursued further.
Post your views whether Indian Railways is the right example to emulate where the topmost post belongs to a railway officer only!

Pujari, IAS, signs 2 loan agreements with ADB's Lesley Lahm
Dr Anup K Pujari, a 1980 batch Karnataka cadre IAS and joint secretary in the ministry of finance and Ms Lesley B Lahm, Officer-in-Charge, India Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed two loan agreements in New Delhi on Tuesday. The agreement for USD 700 million loan for Second India Infrastructure Project Financing Facility (Project-1) is the second in a series of loans by ADB to IIFCL to support the government’s infrastructure agenda.

Action and Appointments
R Gopalan, additional secretary in the commerce ministry, and a 1976 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS is tipped to become financial services secretary in the finance ministry. The officer who was handling matters related to FDI among others in the ministry of commerce, would look after banking and insurance division in the
finance ministry. Currently, finance secretary Ashok Chawla holds the additional charge of financial services too.


  1. I think creation of a new specialized service like Indian Education Service is very much welcome.

  2. I think Mr.Bhaskar has many useful tips to educate us....

  3. There is nothing like specilization in Government service. Had been this, how officers Indian Defence Acounts Service and many services works in the Ministry of Agriculture or in HRD Ministry or in any other Ministry in Central Government. Neither IAS nor any service is specialized. When u work in any place continuously u get the expetise.

  4. we are talking of debureaucratisation,the why this new bureaucratic structure?? why can't we not appoint specialists(in field of education),as they have better experience and deeply understand what is needed to bail out education system..

  5. The idea of IES is, as many above have stated, very welcome.
    I am a student of Pre-university college and have done my ICSE.
    I think that bringing back the cadre will be of much help to the students throughout India. We have witnessed and observed how there is a need for the younger generation to step into the governance of the counrty. Older employees and specialists have, with no doubt, greater experience in the field of education, but i think it's time the actual people behind the stress had a say in what they want. India is one of the top most countries which has the highest value in education, but it also has the highest number of suicides for stress following failures. i for one, think that reinstating the IES is an absolutely fantastic idea.
    Hoping that they do, because i would love to be a part of it.

    Raksha A

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