Dr. Surajit Mitra
Cuttack (Orissa) on
15th August, 1952,
Dr. Mitra spent his childhood in Orissa where he had his early
education. He was topper of Utkal University and JNU where he
post-graduated in Political Studies. Later in 1983, he
completed his Ph.D. in Political Economy from the
He was a Fellow of Queen Elizabeth House,
(1998-99) and taught International Trade in the
He also taught in Delhi University, North Eastern Hill
University and JNU between 1974 to 1977.
joined IAS in 1977 and was assigned Assam-Meghalaya joint
cadre. He has extensive experience both in the fields of
administration as well as at the level of senior management.
Apart from various assignments in the States of Assam and
Meghalaya which included Departments of Education, Home,
Industry, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Forest and
Environment, Tourism, Culture, Geology and Mining, Power,
Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Planning and Development,
Public Health Engineering, Public Works Department and Water
Resources, he worked as Secretary to the Chief Ministers of
Assam and Meghalaya.
during his tenure in the Government of India worked in the
Ministries / Departments of Rural Development, Tourism,
Communication, Defence, Home, Commerce, Petroleum & Natural
Gases, North East Development, Heavy Industries & Public
Enterprises and Ministry of Minority Affairs. His most
significant contributions in Government of India include:
He was member of the group for formulating the
Technology Mission for Rural Drinking Water Supply in the
Department of Rural Development.
As Joint Secretary, Commerce (1993-98), he led
the Indian side for ASEAN for trade and commerce. He was
also the founder initiator of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal
Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic
As Joint Secretary, Commerce, in collaboration
with RBI, he pioneered the liberalisation of ‘Gold Import
Policy’ for allowing import of gold through Banks.
As Financial Advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum
(2002-2003), he was responsible for restructuring financial
architecture of the petroleum sector after Administrative
Price Mechanism (APM) was dismantled in April, 2002. He was a
initiative for acquisition of oil fields abroad through govt.
PSEs. He was also the architect of the Revival of
Mangalore Refinery Private Ltd. through ONGC.
As a Joint Secretary and later Additional
Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industries (2005-2009),
he looked after Auto Industry and Power Equipment
Manufacturing sector. During his tenure with BHEL as a
member of the Board, BHEL acquired Super Critical Technology
and its capacity was enhanced by 2.5 times.
While in Auto Sector, he authored
“Automotive Mission Plan: 2006 to 2016”
which was unveiled by the Prime Minister. The Auto Sector
showed unprecedented growth in India and eventually emerged as
a sun-rise sector.
As Chairman of the Working Group constituted by
the Planning Commission, presented the Paper on
“Empowerment of Minorities” for preparation of 12th
Five Year Plan.
Public Sector Experience
Worked as Managing Director of Meghalaya Tourism Corporation
Was on the Board of Directors of Navratna CPSUs including
ONGC, Indian Oil, GAIL and BHEL.
Was on the Board of CPSUs including HMT, Bharat Bhari Udyog
Nigam Ltd., Braithwaite Burn & Jessop (BBJ) Construction
Company Ltd., Cement Corporation of India (CCI), Engineering
Projects (India) Ltd. (EPI), Hindustan Photo Films
Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (HPF), Instrumentation India Ltd. (IL),
Tyre Corporation of India Ltd., Scooters India Ltd., Hindustan
Paper Corporation Ltd. (HPI), Balmer Lawri & Co. Ltd., Tea
Trading Corporation of India, Tea Board of India, Coffee Board
of India, Rubber Board of India and North East Regional
Agriculture Managing Development Corporation etc.
Was also on the Board of Directors of Maruti Udyog Ltd. (MUL).
Nehru University, Delhi University, North Eastern Hill
University and Oxford University.
Administrative and Academic Recognition:
Fellow of Queen Elizabeth House,
Oxford (International Trade) (1998-99).,
Hon. Professor in Centre for Policy Research in South – South
Authorship of some of the Papers / Documents
Working Group Paper on “Empowerment of Minorities”
submitted to the Planning Commission.
‘Energy, Environment and Modernization of Trucking
(A Report prepared for the Planning Commission by a group of
eminent scientists and economists under Dr. Mitra’s
“A Framework for Improvement of Quality,
Durability & Project Implementation in National Highways
Sector in North
“Tea Auction System in
Trade with ASEAN: A Framework”.
“BIMSTEK: A Conceptual Framework”.
“AFTA & AFTER”, A Research Paper on ASEAN Free
Trade Area presented at the Queen Elizabeth House,
“Empowerment of Minorities”, Working Group Paper
prepared for the 12th Five Year Plan.