NEW DELHI: Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra,an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of 1986 batch,today assumed charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in New Delhi.nnPrior to taking over as Secretary, DPIIT, he served as Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI). Dr. Mohapatra brought about many changes in AAI?s strategic operations. He gave new direction to AAI and steered it to achieve greater excellence in the sector of airport infrastructure development not only at the metro airports but also in tier II and tier III cities.nnHe had earlier served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, Government of India where he worked for the promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Public Procurement and Project Exports (Financing & Insurance).nnDr. Mohapatra held the portfolio of Municipal Commissioner in Surat, Gujrat and was involved in the process of converting Surat into one of the models of urban governance with its thrust on solid waste management, quality infrastructure and sound financial management.nnAs Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad, Dr. Mohapatra was instrumental in developing several urban projects like the Sabarmati riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria lakefront and heritage promotion.Healso served as the Transport Commissioner and Commissioner, Commercial Taxes in Gujarat.nnDr. Mohapatra also held the position of Managing Director in several listed Public Sector Units in India.