INDIAN bureaucrats have clinched five out of 12 berths of this year’s prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence, awarded by the British government for a 12-week-long course in London School of Economics (LSE). The scholarship, which includes full programme fees, living expenses, return airfare from
to the India and UK student visa fees, is one of the most sought after scholarships even among senior executives of India Inc. UK
Only in January this year, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) lifted the three-year-old restriction of Indian government employees applying for Chevening scholarship. Those who were selected for the Gurukul Award are Dinesh Arora, a 2002 batch Kerala cadre IAS and Kerala’s Mission Director of NRHM and MD of Kerala Medical Services Corp. Ltd., Arvind Kumar, director in the department of food and public distribution, Delhi, Bandana Preyashi, urban development and housing department (director), Govt of Bihar, Anup Kuruvilla John, 2004 batch Kerala cadre IPS and Superintendent of Police, Kannur, and Alok Tandon, CMD, UP Power Generation Company.
These government officers who were selected from about 1500 applicants from all over the country will now be a part of 12 outstanding future leaders including Lok Sabha MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi, Microsoft
chairman Ravi Venkatesan and Acumen Funds’ CEO Varun Sahni, who will also be attending the programme in LSE. India
Significantly, 1993 batch IAS Sanjay Dubey, who recently won the prestigious PM’s award for excellence during the last Civil Servants Day, was a Gurukul scholar of 2005 batch.
Action and Appointments
a) P Uma Shanker, a 1976 batch UP cadre IAS and presently CMD, Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, has been appointed as power secretary in place of Harishankar Brahma, a 1975 batch AP cadre IAS who retired on
April 30, 2010.
b) The ACC has approved the assignment of additional charge of the post of Commissioner of Security, civil aviation in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), to Rohit Nandan, a 1982 batch UP cadre IAS and joint secretary in the ministry of civil aviation for a period of six months.
c) Arun Kumar Misra, a 1976 batch UP cadre IAS and presently Adviser, Planning Commission has been appointed as Principal Adviser, Planning Commission.
d) The ACRs pertaining to Amaitabh Kant as CEO, DMICDC will be written and reviewed by Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and accepted by the minister of commerce and industry.
e) Deo Dutt Sharma, a 1984 batch Jharkhand cadre IFS has been appointed as joint secretary, in the department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
f) The ACC has approved the proposal for the extension of inter-cadre deputation tenure of Vineet Vinayak, a 1995 batch
cadre IPS from Sikkim to Sikkim Bihar.
g) IPS officer Vipul Agrawal was arrested in Tulsi Prajapati encounter case, according to Gujarat CID chief VV Rabari.