31 October, 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

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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