Mr. Sudhir Prasad

The distinguished alumnus award -2015 is being conferred upon Mr. Sudhir Prasad for his management excellence in public governance. He is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the Jharkhand Cadre and presently serves as the Director General, Administrative Training Institute, Government of Jharkhand..


Mr. Sudhir Prasad obtained his B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1979. He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1981, after a brief tenure in Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Indian Railways. Mr. Prasad's works primarily consist of technological interventions to facilitate Rural Development, Government System Reforms, Institution Building and Capacity Building of Rural Communities. He has spearheaded several initiatives during his distinguished career.

Between 1985-1987, as Deputy Development Commissioner, Hazaribagh, Mr. Prasad conceptualized a dedicated Producer Group based Self Employment Generation program under Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP) using training facility under Training Rural Youth For Self Employment (TRYSEM) supporting a large number of households to achieve sustainable livelihood security. As Deputy Commissioner, Hazaribagh, again during 1993-94, he commissioned a detailed study on factors negatively affecting primary education in the district. During the period 1989-93, Mr. Prasad successfully implemented computerisation of government treasury in Siwan and Ranchi districts of the then Bihar State. This resulted in the speedy submission of treasury accounts and the initiative was replicated across the State. Prasad revived Ranchi Municipality through revision of holding taxes, and Tax and Revenue Reform.

During the years 2001-2004, as Secretary of Energy Department, Government of Jharkhand (GoJ), Mr. Prasad was instrumental in the formation of Jharkhand Electricity Regulatory Commission and also of Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development authority.

During the years 2007-2010, Mr. Prasad, then Principal Secretary, Department of Registration, GoJ was instrumental in converting manual land registration procedures to web based online registration that was for the first time in the country. A real-time registration process came into force and the registration time of property reduced significantly. The innovation also helped the State in raising its revenue from registration by 38% annually in 2010. As Principal Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, GoJ, Mr. Prasad established a Science Museum under National Council of Science Museum in Ranchi.

During 2010-15, as Additional Chief Secretary to the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, (GoJ), Mr. Prasad started a scheme with community involvement in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) by ensuring end users' participation in decision making.

Mr. Prasad has developed a set of protocols for hydrogeological study using Participatory Aquifer Management in the most challenging eco-geographical locations in the state of Jharkhand which is naturally possessed by an undulating terrain. This helps to indicate water availability before any water supply scheme is sanctioned unbiased. Mr. Prasad was also instrumental in piloting Aerobic and Anaerobic Bio Toilet Facilities in the state for the first time. He took up a "go green" initiative during his various tenures in the government office and developed a code book of sustainable practices to institutionalize them, that includes judicious usage of resources such as paper, electricity, water within government departments to put preaching into practice.

Achievements and Honors

  • Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2015 by IIT Kanpur.
  • Former Secretary Energy Govt. of Jharkhand.