Khwaja takes charge as ASCI chief
Hyderabad: Rajen Habib Khwaja, an IAS officer of 1976 batch, took charge of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), as the Director General at a brief ceremony in Bella Vista, on January 3.
Khwaja, who superannuated from service on 28th February, 2014 after a distinguished career spanning 38 years, had held key positions including Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministries of Tourism and Mines and Chairman and Managing Director of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL).
“ASCI has been a prestigious institute in training managers since 1956. The value statement of our College is, ‘Let us be together, let us interact together. And, may our minds comprehend together.’ My endeavour will be to work together with all Bella Vistans in strengthening and nurturing our institution in all possible ways,” Khwaja said in a statement on Tuesday.
He changed the fate of SCCL, from a loss making Public Sector Undertaking to a profit making company, which paid dividend after a 37-year gap in 2003. Khwaja was in the USA from 1989 to 1990 as a Hubert Humphrey North-South Fellow at the University of Minnesota.
Khwaja is a distinguished speaker and has lectured at World Bank (Washington DC), Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Khwaja and Modi Siddiqui, Managing Director of Intellects Biz, co-authored a celebrated book on management of change titled “The Acrobatics of Change – Concepts, Techniques, Strategies and Execution.”
ASCI Employees Union office-bearers, led by the president S.Sreeramulu and secretary Md.Hasan, felicitated Khwaja.