Thursday, January 07, 2010

Know Your Babu: New banking secretary R Gopalan, IAS, 1976

AN MBA from Harvard University and masters in economics from Boston University, new banking secretary R Gopalan has a rich experience on economic matters thanks to his long innings in the ministry of commerce and industries. Here is the man who will now handle the financial services department under the finance ministry.

Name: R Gopalan
Batch and Cadre: 1976 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS
Date of Birth: April 20, 1952
Place of domicile: Tamil Nadu
Mother Tongue: Tamil
Foreign Languages Known: German

Educational Qualifications
a) MBA in Public Administration from Harvard University
b) PG in Economics from Boston University

Major Postings
a) Managing Director, Industries, (From April1, 1984 to March 1, 1986)
b) Collector, (Deputy Secretary level) Ppm Ramalingam,
(From April 1, 1986 to July 1, 1988)
c) Deputy secretary, ministry of food processing industries, New Delhi
(From July 21, 1988 to May 1, 1990)
d) Private secretary, (director equivalent) in the ministry of chemicals & fertilizers, New Delhi (From May 1, 1991 to July 1, 1991)
e) Director, department of chemicals and petro chemicals, New Delhi
(From July 1, 1991 to June 1, 1994)
f) CEO, (JS level), Khadi and Village Industries
(From June 1, 1996 to September 1, 1996)
g) Chairman and MD,
September 1, 1996 to May 1, 1997)
h) Chairman and MD, (JS level),
(From October 15, 997 to December 13, 2000)
i) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi
(From December 14, 2000 to June 30, 2006)
j) Additional Secretary, ministry of commerce and industry
(May 28, 2007 to November 24, 2009)
k) Special Secretary, (Secretary Equivalent), ministry of commerce and industry, (From November 24, 2009 to December 31, 2009)
l) Secretary, department of financial services, ministry of finance, New Delhi
(From December 31, 2009 till date)


  1. Babublogger your facts are wrong. Gopalan did Mid Career MPA which many IAS officers do. There is NOTHING called MBA in public administration.

    Please check

  2. The aforementioned comment is correct. MPA and MBA are two different courses.

  3. Look closely at his tenure in Commerce. Did the then Secretary take away his charge as JS just one week before his tenure was to end and why?