Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday appointed Upendra Tripathy as advisor of Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, with the minister of state status.
He will also discharge the duties as the principal advisor (Education) to the CM.
Upendra Tripathy, a retired IAS officer of Karnataka cadre 1980 batch, brings in both global and local experience and expertise from across the world into the Adarsha School Sangathana in Odisha, said a statement from CMO.
As Commissioner of public instruction in the province of Karnataka, between 1999-2001, that had 3,00,000 teachers and around one crore of students then, he introduced a plethora of innovations, some of which continue even today from quality of education to access and use of technology.
Tripathy is the first and founding Director General of International Solar Alliance. He is known for receiving the prestigious Prime Minister’s award for excellence in public administration in the individual category.
He has also received several other awards for his innovations and ideas during his career as a civil servant.
He was also the Secretary to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India. He also served as an Advisor (Agriculture and Marine Products) in the Indian Embassy in Brussels.
Besides, his services in Revenue Administration, Rural Development, Petroleum Conservation, Agriculture & Horticulture, Agricultural Marketing, Education, Environment & Transportation have brought many accolades for him.
Tripathy, a native of Kahakapur, near Rambha in Ganjam district, studied in Ravenshaw College, then Jawaharlal Nehru University and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
He has volunteered to serve his home state Odisha without any salary and to contribute his part in the transformation of the education system. His vast experience will certainly enrich the organization, said the CMO statement.