Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) is retiring on June 30, 2013. Friday, June 28 is his last working day at the Ministry.
Varma joined as the MIB Secretary on October 20, 2011. In his tenure of one year and nine months at the Ministry, he led from the front to pan out digitisation in four metros and 38 cities in two phases.
Commenting about his tenure as the MIB Secretary, Varma said, “My tenure in the Ministry has been successful and productive. I am proud to be associated with the digitisation initiative of the Government, which has seen analogue cable TV become digital addressable in the three metros and 38 towns having a million plus population. It was a gigantic task, a challenge which was successfully accomplished with the help of all stakeholders, most importantly, with the cooperation of consumers, who willing and warmly accepted digitisation. Digitisation will bring about a revolution in the broadcasting sector. While some of the gains are evident and visible right away, the full impact will be felt in a time span of 2-5 years. I hope by then India will have a broadcasting sector that is not only strong and vibrant and growing rapidly, but also very transparent and consumer centric. It may hopefully offer a unique model of efficiency and convergence that many countries will like to emulate.”
Prior to joining the MIB, Varma was Secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He belongs to 1976 batch of IAS of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.
In his career spanning 37 years, Varma has served as District Magistrate and Collector in three districts of Madhya Pradesh – Panna, Mandla and Bilaspur. He had also held positions of Director, Handlooms and Textiles, Industries Commissioner, Commissioner, Women & Child Development, Tribal Commissioner and Health Commissioner in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
In the Central Government, he has worked at all levels, including serving as Private Secretary to Union Ministers, and as Deputy Secretary/ Director in the Ministries of Rural Development and Human Resource Development. He has served as Joint Secretary in the Labour Ministry and as Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Varma holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and is a Science (Honours) Graduate from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in French language.
He has also authored two books which are on labour related issues and has written scores of papers, which he has presented at various national and international forums.