Having had an illustrious career of nearly 38 years as a civil servant, Anil Swarup, the former Education Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, recently launched his book ‘Not Just A Civil Servant’ in the national capital.
With a narrative, “if civil servant wants, he can deliver”, his book describes the challenges experienced as a civil servant. It states, however, every bureaucrat has to take all things in the stride and deliver results.
In his another role as a Secretary for Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Swarup overcame all the challenges and set exemplary standards for others.
During his book launch on Saturday, Swarup, who recently retired as an IAS, said, “Neither all bureaucrats were bad nor all politicians corrupt, therefore it wasn’t correct to blame all the challenges faced by the country on either.”
He added what was required is a “proper coordination between dedicated and honest bureaucrats and ministers with good ambitions”.
Swarup, in the past years, also participated in various educational events organised by Elets Technomedia’s 13th World Education Summit, Mumbai; 6th School Leadership Summit Delhi; 10th World Education Summit Delhi, and many others, always had an influence on key educationists, industry leaders, and decision- makers of the world of education.
His speeches were a treasure house of knowledge gained over the years as a civil servant and a thinker.
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During his speech at the 13th World Education Summit Mumbai, the former education secretary, said: “There are good people in both sectors –– private and public. Both are required to enhance the educational ecosystem of the country and hence I am a great believer of PPP model in education.”
As the then School Education Secretary, MHRD, Government of India, Swarup during 6th School Leadership Summit Delhi, said: “Don’t limit yourself to criticism. Recognise the good works happening around you. The good works need to be replicated…We have to see and highlight the scalable part of the good work.”
“No matter what technology you have, if people are not present in the scheme of things, it will not work, since any technology is only as good as its impact on the ultimate beneficiaries,” said Anil Swarup, then Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, during the Smart City Summit Delhi in 2014.