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As the civil services in India face new challenges with the changing political and technological environment, this lecture traces the historical evolution of the civil services, reforms undertaken at various stages in its history and its current status. The lecture will also cover the relationship between the civil services and good governance.
In collaboration with Azim Premji University
C K Mathew
Dr C. K. Mathew is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer of 1977 batch and a former chief secretary of Rajasthan. He was also the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for five years during 1998-2003. Post retirement, he was Special Rapporteur for the southern states in the National Human Rights Commission. He was also the Senior Fellow in the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore where he was the principal author of three annual reports (2016-2018) known as the Public Affairs Index on the quality of governance in the states of India. Dr Mathew holds a PhD in English literature and is the author of four books including the recently released Historical Evolution of District Officers in India. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Azim Premji University.
V Srinivas is an Indian Administrative Service Officer, Rajasthan Cadre, 1989 batch. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University. He held several key posts in Rajasthan and the Government of India, including Chairman, Revenue Board and Director General, National Archives of India. He was an advisor to the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC during 2003-06. He is the author of two books: India’s Relations with the International Monetary Fund and Towards a New India: Governance Transformed 2014-19. Mr Srinivas is currently the Additional Secretary to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Government of India and is also the Director General of National Centre for Good Governance.
Ram teaches Law and Justice in a Globalizing World and Comparative Public Law/Systems of Governance. He has been the Vice Chancellor of Glocal University, Uttar Pradesh. Prior to that, he was briefly a Visiting Professor at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and for much longer periods a Professor at the Centre for Culture and Society and at the National Law School of India, Bangalore.
His areas of expertise are Socio-legal and Political Theory, Law and Culture, Human Rights Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutionalism, The Developments related to the Languages of Human Rights in the Global South, Contemporary Social and Legal Theory, Comparative Studies.