IAS, Former Chief Secretary of Haryana
Mr. Dharam Vir joined IAS in 1973, after B.Sc. (Hons) Physics in 1969 from IIT Kharagpur, M.Sc. Physics in 1971 from IIT Kanpur & doing research in Physics for 2 years at the same institute. During service, he did MBA from University of Leeds in 1988 under the British Colombo Plan.
He retired as Chief Secretary in State Government of Haryana, India, after working for 36+ years at several positions (Secretary, Director, MD etc.) in government, public sector undertakings, VC of 2 universities & Director of Board of Governors of several educational institutions. Mr. Dharam Vir also attended several in-service training programs in India & abroad, participated in national/international conferences.
Written & published articles on governance, education and science & technology in leading news papers. In 2011, he coauthored a book on IIT Kharagpur, which was released in 2011 by India's Prime Minister at IITKgp's Golden Jubilee Celebrations
After retirement on Oct 31, 2009, he was appointed State Election Commissioner (Nov. 9, 2009) for a period of five years to supervise and conduct elections to panchayati raj institutions (rural bodies) & municipal bodies. He finally retired in April, 2015.
During 42+ years of service in government & State Election Commission, at operational and policy making positions, he have gained enormous insight in the formulation and execution of public policy, programs & projects, relationship between government and public, etc.