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After calling the Delhi officer back, Manipur designates him as Chief Secretary


The violent state of Manipur on Sunday replaced Rajesh Kumar, who had been serving a six-month extension since last December, with Vineet Joshi, an IAS officer from the 1992-batch state cadre.


A day after the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet granted the Manipur government's proposal to repatriate Joshi to his parent cadre, Joshi, who was working as Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA) under the Ministry of Education, arrived in Imphal on a special flight on Sunday. 


Joshi will hold the additional positions of Principal Resident Commissioner of Manipur Bhawan in New Delhi and Chief Vigilance Commissioner of Manipur, according to the chief secretary's appointment order.


In March 2017, Joshi worked in Manipur for Chief Minister N Biren Singh as his principal secretary. After being named DG of the NTA, which oversees the administration of admission exams including the CUET, JEE Main, and NEET, he was sent to Delhi a year later.


Joshi was regarded as an officer with many duties at Shastri Bhavan because he was a second secretary in the Education Ministry. He was in charge of the central universities in addition to the NTA, actively involved in shaping the proposed Higher Education Commission of India, and for a brief period, the interim chairperson of the CBSE. 


The NTA, under the direction of Joshi, hosted the initial iterations of the CUET undergraduate and postgraduate. Joshi is well-known for his composed demeanor and is a native speaker of the Manipuri language. He frequently observed conversing with visitors from Manipur in their language at his workplace, having learned it during his prior stays in the state.


According to a then-released official statement, in April 2018 at a farewell ceremony for Joshi, who was leaving for Delhi to assume the position of DG, NTA, the Manipur Chief Minister praised him as a "dedicated, hardworking and bright officer whose absence would leave a void in the state's administrative set-up".


According to the report, the chief minister also expressed the hope that Joshi will stay in touch with the state administration and occasionally give his thoughts and views in integral matters.


Joshi, who graduated from IIT-Kanpur with a B.Tech in mechanical engineering and then earned a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, started his career as a deputy secretary in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports in Manipur. 

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