Finally, the wait is over for CBSE (Central Board of secondary education), as it got its chairman on July 14. The government has appointed Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi as the chairman of CBSE for the five-term. In addition to this, 19 Additional Secretary-level appointments and 29 Joint Secretary-level appointments were announced. Mr. Chaturvedi who was an IAS officer of 1987 batch of the Madhya Pradesh cadre will now serve as the chairman. As this post was vacant since December 2014, it would bring relief to the functioning of CBSE.
In the span of two years, the government rejected the two choices for this post recommended by Ministry of HRD. Recently, the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister rejected Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, the person recommended by former Union minister Smriti Irani.
Chaturvedi has a strong professional background. He was posted in the seventh pay commission secretariat which resulted in salary hike in for 10 million central government employees and pensioners. Having a strong portfolio, he did post-graduation in geography and also eloquent in the Russian language. Also, he attended two overseas training courses, including one in U.K. on human resource development. He has also served as a resident commissioner at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi. He was known as ‘a straight and result-oriented IAS officer’.
Now as a chairman of CBSE, he would play a vital role in the education sector. The central government took very long to find a competent person to fill the post of chairman. As CBSE arena of education is very wide, it would be a very important for CBSE team to co-operate with Mr. Chaturvedi and provide a suitable path.