55% of Modi govt’s top secretaries have science background, about half of them IITians

Of 84 secretaries at top of civil service, 46 are science graduates, 28 are engineers, and 22 are from 4 IITs — Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Bombay.

More than half the top secretaries currently serving under the Narendra Modi government have a background in science, an analysis by ThePrint has found.

In the current administration, 46 of the 84 secretaries studied science before joining the civil service — 28 are engineers, while the rest studied Zoology, Biotechnology, Physics and Botany. There is also an MBBS doctor and an Ayurveda doctor. They collected this information from government websites and other sources in the public domain.

At least 22 of the 28 engineers are from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) — 13 are graduates or postgraduates from IIT Kanpur, seven are from IIT Delhi, and one each from IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. Of the other engineer-secretaries, the institutional backgrounds of two — Ravi Mittal in the sports ministry and Tarun Kapoor in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas — were unavailable despite calls and emails to their offices.

The IIT cohort

The list of seven top IIT Delhi alumni in the bureaucracy starts with K. Shivaji (1986, Maharashtra), who currently holds several responsibilities. He leads the administrative reforms and pension & pensioners’ welfare under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. He is also the secretary of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.

Other IIT Delhi alumni who are secretaries are Yogendra Tripathi, Deepak Khandekar, Pradeep Khajrola, Rajesh Verma, Ajay Sawney and Apurva Chandra.