IIM Ahmedabad may soon have a Harvard academic heading it,thanks to a new liberalised selection process. But at least one procedure was not dispensed with in the excitement to appoint Prof Asish Nanda. The HRD Ministry carried out routine vigilance and background checks on him. The ministry sought the views of the Harvard Law School on Nandas career and whether he had indulged in any kind of academic impropriety. The Harvard Law School,it is learnt,has promptly responded assuring the ministry that it had nothing adverse against Nanda.
Bihar on Top
ANOTHER IPS officer from the Bihar cadre,Anil Sinha,has been picked by a CBI selection committee to serve as Special Director in the CBI. Sinha,a 1978 batch IPS officer,is presently on deputation as Additional Secretary at the Central Vigilance Commission. Sinha will be the second officer from Bihar in the top ranks of the CBI,after current Director Ranjit Sinha,a 1974 batch IPS officer. The younger Sinha is considered close to the Director. With Special Director K Saleem Ali set to retire at the end of this year,the newly-appointed Special Director will get most of the responsibility along with Additional Director R K Dutta,who is presently heading the coal block allocation probe.
K K Srivastava,Member (Traffic) in the Railway Board,is likely to be the latest beneficiary of a favourable rule that enables senior railway officials to grab a post-retirement job. There is a buzz that Srivastava,who is retiring at the end of this month,would be the next managing director of Pipavav Railway Corporation Limited,a joint venture between the Indian Railways and Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited. The upper age limit for the post of managing director is 62 years,cleverly designed to ensure that retired officials can apply. The present MD,Pankaj Malviya,had retired from the Railway Board as Additional Member (Tourism and Catering). Srivastava seems to be headed on the same route.
IN its first ever audit of the National Disaster Management Authority,the CAG,as expected,found several deficiencies. But the audit team itself hasnt done very good work. Its report lists out all the major disasters in the last 10 years and forgets to include the July 26,2005 flash floods in Mumbai when the metropolis received nearly 1000 mm of rains on a single day,leading to the loss of nearly 500 lives. It has also missed out on the upsurge in the Krishna river in 2009 that had resulted in Andhra Pradesh experiencing its worst-ever flooding in which nearly 300 people had died.