By - January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020
A senior IAS officer, whose education reforms when she was Commissioner and Director, School Education, really turned things around in Andhra Pradesh, is now with her parent cadre — the Indian Postal Services. Her new policies of connecting Aadhar Card details to the pensioners' accounts have benefitted over one crore people in Andhra Pradesh. The same was later implemented in the government schools for children so that they avail all the facilities given by the government and was later implemented across India. She talks to us about how they overcame some of AP's most intrinsic barriers to education.
Excerpts from the interview:
1) You pursued a Masters degree at Harvard Kennedy School. What were the lessons that you learnt and later implemented in your government service?
I pursued a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy. My areas of interest were poverty elimination, public sector, new public management and understanding the financial management of the non-profit sector. I also did the Negotiation Programme at the Harvard Law School. When I came back, I shared the nuances that I had learnt in these institutions. After this, I did three months of research and wrote a paper on the Thrift Cooperatives in Andra Pradesh. This was part of my finance course and the now it is even taught in IIM Ahmedabad. The new public management was very interesting and I could understand my work in that context.