Civil Services aspirants are already alleging that the existing pattern of the civil services exam is more suitable for engineering and management students. IIT-Kanpur alumni in top civil services jobs, who talked to students of their alma mater, think that India needs more IITians in top government positions.

Recently, a unique career awareness session called ‘Tips from the Top’ was organised for the first-time under Project Saraswati at IIT-Kanpur. It them was ‘Career in Civil Services’ for the session.  IIT-K alumni in top government positions were invited as the Speakers in the alumni contact event in which around 600 students participated. These alumni talked about their professions, shared challenges of civil servants and had a panel discussion with students to clear their doubts and answer their queries.

Sudhir Vyas, Indian Ambassador, Germany
Sudhir Vyas, Indian Ambassador, Germany

Sudhir Vyas, President’s gold medallist of the Electrical Engineering department (1975 batch) from IIT-Kanpur, is today the Ambassador of India in Germany. One of the key speakers of the event, he said that more and more IITians are joining civil services for the past several years and students should take up the challenge to contribute to the country.

Rupak Kumar, a Chemical Engineer of the 1979 batch at IIT-K, is an IPS office of the Karnataka cadre of 1981 batch. He is now the Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi. He has also served as the Director General of Police in the CID in Karnataka. He discussed the challenges of his job with the students.

Other participants included Gaurav Kanaujia, Mechanical Engineer of the 1995 batch who is now the Director of the Central Board Of Direct Taxes in the Department of Revenue and has been the ex-Joint Commissioner of Income Tax at Kolkata Sunil Kumar, Computer Science Engineer of the 1993 batch who is the District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand.

The event was headed by Professor Prabhat Munshi, Dean of Resourced and Alumni at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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