road-transport-and-highways-ministrySuman Prasad Singh ('97) appointed Joint Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Ministry

Financial Express (April 12, 2019)

In a first, nine private sector specialists have been selected for appointment as joint secretaries in central government departments. Usually, the posts of joint secretaries are manned by the officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others who are selected through a three-phased rigorous selection process undertaken by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Personnel Ministry had in June last year invited applications for the joint secretary-rank posts through "lateral entry" mode. The lateral entry mode, which relates to the appointment of specialists from the private sector in government organizations, is considered as an ambitious step of the Modi government to bring in fresh talent in bureaucracy. (Read More)