PM’s media adviser to join Singapore University

March 31st, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru will be resigning from his post to take up an academic assignment in Singapore. Baru will be leaving in August for a two-year stint at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at Singapore’s National University.

“Yes, I will be leaving in August,” Baru told IANS, confirming that he was indeed putting in his papers.

A major incentive for him to take on the assignment was that his daughter had secured admission in a college of arts in Singapore.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Baru would continue to remain as media adviser till July and that no move had been initiated yet for his replacement.

“Well, we imagine Baru might suggest names but the final call will be the prime minister’s,” said a senior official.

Baru is the only other officer in the PMO of the rank of secretary. Pulok Chatterji, another crucial voice, is the other secretary level officer who decides on appointments of all civil servants above the rank of joint secretary.

Before his current job, Baru, an economist by training, was chief editor of the Financial Express.

Baru, who has served as a consultant to UNDP and was member of the National Security Advisory Board has also been a member of the CII-Aspen Institute group on India-US relations.

Baru has a PhD in economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a Watumull Fellow at the East West Centre in Hawaii.

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