NEW DELHI: A 1990-batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre Sanjay Kumar,formerly secretary in the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, took charge as the new secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education. Kumar replaced Anita Karwal who served from November 28, 2020 to November 28, 2022.
— Ministry of Education (@EduMinOfIndia) December 1, 2022
“Today, Shri. Sanjay Kumar takes charge as Secretary, Dsel, EduMinistry, EduMinOfIndia, in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. Prior to his joining as Secretary, DselEduMinistry, EduMinOfIndia, he was Secretary, YASMinistry,” the Ministry of Education said in a tweet.
— Sanjay Kumar (@sanjayjavin) December 1, 2022
Kumar took to Twitter and said, “I joined as secretary,dept of school education and literacy, EduMinOfIndia this morning. my best wishes to outgoing secretary smt anita karwal.” Kumar also served as the principal secretary of education in Bihar.
He is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the 1990 batch. Meanwhile, the government has now limited its pre-matric scholarship scheme meant for backward and minority communities to students of Class 9 and 10 stating that Right to Education (RTE) covers compulsory education up to Class 8 for all students.
Earlier, the pre-matric scholarship used to cover education for Classes 1 to 8 also belonging to SC, ST, OBC and minority communities. The All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) has condemned the central government’s decision and demanded withdrawal of the “anti-people” move.