Shri Saurabh Chandra, aged 54 years, an IAS Officer of 1978 Batch of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, has been appointed as a Part-time Official Director of HMT Limited. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and holds a Diploma in Management.
Shri Saurab Chandra served in the State of Uttar Pradesh between 1979 to 1993 and worked in the Department of Finance; as Collector and Magistrate of Banda and Varanasi Districts; Administrator of Agra Municipal Corporation with concurrent charge of Vice Chairman of Agra Development Authority and Managing Director of U.P. Small Industries Corporation. During two year stint as Managing Director of U.P. Small Industries Corporation, he was able to turn around this loss making Company into a profit making undertaking.
During the period 1993 - 1998 he was Director in Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers handling project related work in the Department. He was associated with setting up of Oman India Project which is perhaps the largest and most successful overseas joint venture Company set up by a CPSE/multi-state cooperatives.
On his return to the State, he served as Commissioner, Varanasi Division and Lucknow Division and Secretary, Department of Irrigation. He worked as Joint Secretary in the Department of Revenue and Department of Disinvestment in the Ministry of Finance handling administration related matters of the Central Board of Excise and Customs and policy related matters respectively. He was associated with Initial Public Offering of the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
Between November 2007 and February 2009, he was posted as Principal Secretary in the Department of tourism, Science and Technology and Rural Engineering services.
Since February 2009, he is posted as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. He is also holding additional charge of Financial Adviser to the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Department of Heavy Industries, Department of Public Enterprises and Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Shri Saurabh Chandra is also a Director on the Board of BHEL and Member of Governing Councils of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bangalore.