gold medallist from IIT-Madras, and that too for her masters in mathematics. Even as an IAS, this 56-year-old AGMUT cadre officer got roles where maths skills do help. For example, between 1995 and 2000, she was joint director in DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade). And then between 2005 and 2007, she was controller in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Sathiyavathy originally hails from Tamil Nadu.
As an AGMUT cadre officer, she worked in various states. In late 1980s, for example, she was a deputy commissioner in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lohit district. And in the union territory of Puducherry she had a number of assignments before getting elevated as the chief secretary.
She also served as member secretary in Central Silk Board, Bangalore.
She also attended a number of in-service training sessions on issues ranging from financial management to rural energy and ethics in public governance.
Before taking over as the DGCA, she was additional secretary in the ministry of civil aviation.
Will Sathiyavathy’s ability to solve mathematics help her as the civil aviation regulator? Just wait and watch.