Two Bihar officers get plum posts
PATNA: Bihari babus have again made it big. M N Prasad, a 1972-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer (retired), currently serving as secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), will join World Bank as an executive director, while 1985-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer Tripurari Sharan will be the next director general (DG) of Doordarshan.
Currently, nine Bihar-cadre IAS officers are serving as secretaries in various departments at the Centre, including home, defence and rural development.
After a gap of several months, Doordarshan will finally have a new DG when Tripurari Sharan will take over from acting DG, L D Mandloi. Sharan is likely to be relieved soon from his current assignment as principal secretary, food and civil supplies. He has also been holding the additional charge of Bihar State Film Development Corporation.
A graduate of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Sharan took his master’s degree in sociology from JNU in 1984. During his five-year tenure as the director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, he virtually revived the dying institute.
After Sharan took over charge of FTII in 2003, he restarted the acting course, reopened the acting studio that was closed for over three decades, and introduced new courses. “He tactfully handled every person and situation, putting FTII back on track. Being an IAS officer, he could directly interface with the ministry and put the expansion plans in place,” said an official. During his tenure, he made two feature films.
On the other hand, M N Prasad, secretary in the PMO, will succeed Pullok Chatterjee as ED, World Bank, Washington. He will join the prestigious assignment in September for a period of three years. Prasad had held various important assignments in Bihar, including as development commissioner and commercial taxes secretary in the previous RJD regime. He had also served as secretary in the ministry of minority affairs, Government of India.
Prasad was a student of PM Manmohan Singh at the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.