principal secretary to PM Pulok Chatterji and his batch-mate and cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth, are Stephanians. Seth who learnt chemistry in St Stephen’s College maintains an excellent rapport with Chatterji, arguably India’s most powerful bureaucrat, and also the live-wire between PMO and 10, Janpath. Another secretary, Ashish Bahuguna of agriculture ministry, studied chemistry in St. Stephen’s.
Both revenue secretary and 1976 batch MP cadre IAS Sumit Bose and tourism secretary and 1977 batch IAS Parvez Dewan were history students in St. Stephen’s. Mines secretary and 1976 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS Rajen Habib Khwaja was also a history student from the same college. Incidentally, Rajiv Mehrishi, 1978 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS and secretary in the ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Vijay Chhibber, secretary of road transport and highways belonging to Manipur-Tripura cadre too studied history in St. Stephen’s. Later, Mehrishi did his MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Chhibber undertook a special programme on defence studies.
Another secretary in cabinet secretariat, Dr Prajapati Trivedi who assesses performances of various Union ministries, is also an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College. Two secretary-ranked IFS officers, AK Mukherji and Sanjay Singh, and chief statistician of India and secretary TCA Anant are also alumni of the same college.
Pradeep Kumar Sinha, shipping secretary and 1977 batch UP cadre IAS, studied economics in St. Stephen’s. DoPT secretary PK Misra and minority affairs secretary Sutanu Behuria, both belonging to 1976 batch IAS, also studied economics in St. Stephen’s.
Significantly, chief secretary of West Bengal and ex-PMO official Sanjay Mitra and J&K chief secretary Madhav Lal are Stephanians.