24 September, 2020

Too Old To Be In School

The high age limit for IAS makes recruits set in their ways and less mouldable

Too Old To Be In School
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The specialist vs generalist debate is eternal, surfacing every now and then. I have seen a chief of the electricity board, an excellent engineer who managed his power plants and transmission systems extremely well but who was totally clueless in matters relating to power policy. I have seen a first-rate irrigation chief engineer taking over as the secretary of the irrigation department and floundering from day one on administrative issues. On the other hand, I have seen scientists, having long abdicated their scientific work, turn into fine administrators and policymakers. I have also seen IAS secretaries with excellent reputations unable to find their feet in alien departments. There is no hard and fast rule in such matters; the suitability and background of each officer for a post is more relevant than any label he wears.

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