Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS appointed Defence Secretary

An IITian, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Dr Ajay Kumar has been appointed as the Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence
Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS appointed Defence Secretary

New Delhi: This man has done his Bachelor of Technology in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur. He has a Master of Science in development economics from the University of Minnesota.
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A PhD in business administration from the Carlson School of Management. He is also an IAS officer of Kerala cadre of 1985 batch. He is Dr Ajay Kumar. Dr Ajay Kumar will be the new defence secretary.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr Kumar who will replace Sanjay Mitra, a 1982-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, upon the completion of his term.

Subhash Chandra will be new Secretary, Defence production

The ACC has also cleared the appointment of Subhash Chandra, Special Secretary (Defence) as Secretary (Defence Production) in place of Dr Kumar. Shri Chandra is a 1986-batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Dr Ajay Kumar has served in various posts in both the Government of India and the Government of Kerala, such as Principal Secretary (Information Technology), managing director of the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation, Secretary (Industries), managing director of the Kerala State Co-operative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank, general manager in the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation and as the district magistrate and collector of the Palghat (now Palakkad) district in the Kerala government, and as the Secretary, Defence Production, Government of India.

PSU Watch wishes him luck for his new set of responsibilities.

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