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D P Agrawal (academic)

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Professor D. P. Agrawal has been Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi since 16 August 2008, to which he was Member of Union Public Service Commission since 31 October 2003. Commission Is Constitutional Body Under Article 315 Of Constitution Of India That Is Mandated To Recruit And Promote Senior Civil Servants For Country. IT also advises government on all aspects of recruitment, including framing of rules and matters of discipline relating to different Government of India Services. Chairman Is Appointed By President Of India And Is At 9A In Government Of India Warrant Of Precedence. Prior to present position, Professor D P Agrawal was founder Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior. IT is first of its kind Institute in country that is mandated to produce leadership manpower in areas of Information Technology and Management in integrated manner. He has been responsible for conceptualization, design & construction of Institute campus from ground zero, development and design of new academic programmes with Dynamic Curriculum, creation of new models of Education delivery and assessment encompassing peer learning, mentoring, self learning, learning to learn & continuous evaluation and linkages / collaboration with Industries and universities abroad. Professor D P Agrawal started his career as faculty in Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi in 1975. In 1994, from being Professor and Dean at IIT Delhi, he took over as Joint Educational Adviser in Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. While in Ministry, he initiated policies for growth of quality technical Education and was instrumental in conceptualizing number of new institutions in emerging paradigm of Information Technology. He has contributed to development of Centres for Excellence in higher technical and polytechnic Education. As National Project Director of World Bank assist Technician Education Projects; implementation strategies adopted by him create, for first time, very high participation of women in Technician Education. Outcomes of these projects were rat highly by World Bank, which disseminated implementation strategies adopted here as model for other countries. Through its consistent policy initiatives, implementation and monitoring systems, Indo-UK RECs Project created sense of great belief in strength of RECs and Project resulted in new level of confidence in REC's. This couple, with inputs from Center of Excellence scheme, which was also implemented in his guidance, later led to their becoming National Institutes of Technology. Professor D P was Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Ltd., Government of India PSU, where he brought about major changes in organizational work culture, including decentralize decision making and transferring functional responsibilities to lower executives.

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