New Delhi: Uday Kumar Varma a 1976 batch IAS of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre has taken over the charge of the post of Secretary, Ministry of MSME. He has succeeded Shri Dinesh Rai, a UP Cadre IAS officer of 1974 Batch, who had superannuated on 31st August 2010.
Varma holds Master Degree in Public Administration from the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and is a Science (Hons) Graduate from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in French language.
He had a brilliant academic record and has been awarded Gold Medal for obtaining highest position in the University, and another Gold Medal at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration on completion of his training.
Varma has served as District Magistrate and Collector in three districts of Madhya Pradesh, namely, Panna, Mandla and Bilaspur and 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 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 Labour Ministry and as Additional Secretary and Special Secretary (since November 2009) in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He has an outstanding service record.
He has authored two books which are on Labour related issues and has written scores of papers which he has presented in various national and international forums.