Advisory Council – Vibha Puri Das

vibha-das-2Secretary | Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development | Government of India

Actively involved with education and developmental issues across the country, Vibha Puri Das is currently the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development in the Government of India. An IAS officer of the 1976 batch, Uttaranchal Cadre, she has served in posts that have allowed her deep insights and the ability to take transformative action. Prior to this posting, she was Addl. Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.  Her earlier stints in the Central Government include that of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, and Executive Director, Central Social Welfare Board. She has served as Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Forest and Rural Development, Uttaranchal and Principal Secretary, Home and Transport of Uttaranchal. She has also been Addl. Chief Executive officer of the Greater Noida Authority, Vice Chairperson, Ghaziabad Development Authority, and Special Secretary (Finance), Government of U.P.

Vibha Puri Das is an M.A. in Political Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds a certificate in International Approaches to Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. She has edited the newsletter of the South Asia Rural Reconstruction Association and worked with SEWA, Ahmedabad to develop curriculum for human rights based on home based workers’ movement.