Hyderabad: An IAS officer of 1976 batch, Rajen Habib Khwaja took charge as the Director General of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) at a brief ceremony in Bella Vista here on Tuesday.
Khwaja, who superannuated from service on February, 28, 2014, after a 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.
Khwaja turned SCCL from a loss making Public Sector Undertaking to a profit making company, which paid dividend after 37 years gap in 2003. He was in USA from 1989 to 1990 as a Hubert Humphrey North-South Fellow in University of Minnesota, according to an ASCI statement.
Khwaja has been a distinguished speaker in important and renowned international and national institutions. He has lectured in World Bank (Washington DC), Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA, and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, it said.
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, it was stated.