Anita Karwal replaced Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairperson on Thursday. In a surprise move, Chaturvedi was transferred to the National Skill Development Agency last night, reported the Indian Express. 1988-batch Gujarat cadre officer Karwal, was the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014. She is currently posted as additional secretary in HRD Ministry.
Chaturvedi was appointed as Chairman of CBSE in July last year. He was a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh and was appointed for a period of five years. However, he served as the chairman of the board for a little over a year.
As per the report, during his term the government was dragged to court on account of CBSE’s decision to discontinue the practice of inflating marks under the garb of moderation in the Class XII Board examination. Immediately after this, CBSE was once again defended by the HRD Ministry in court over the latter’s decision to set different sets of question papers for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET in different languages.
Earlier yesterday, as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle, Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was also appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS). As many as 17 civil servants were appointed in various central government departments, reported PTI. Kumar, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, is at present Special Secretary and Establishment Officer, Ministry of Personnel.