Amit Kaushik joined the Indian Railways as a civil servant in 1987 after obtaining a postgraduate degree in Economics from the Panjab University Chandigarh. Over the course of the twenty years he spent in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments both in the Railways and outside, and worked in varied areas including administration, investment appraisal, financial analysis, project management and industrial relations.
From 2001-2006, Amit was Director, Elementary Education, in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the development and implementation of various policies related to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, as well as India’s international commitments on Education For All (EFA). Among other things, he worked closely on the 2005 draft of the Right to Education Bill, based on which The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was passed in 2009.
He has been a consultant to UNESCO Paris, Nigeria, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as to UNICEF Iraq and Yemen, working with them from time to time on assignments related to literacy, planning for Education for All, non-formal education, accelerated learning and the Global Partnership for Education.
In 2007, Amit took early retirement from the civil service to pursue his interests in the education sector. He has been Director of the SRF Foundation, running the well-known Shri Ram Schools in Delhi, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Shri Educare Pvt Ltd, a newly incorporated education services provider. He has also worked as Chief Operating Officer of Pratham, India’s largest education NGO, and as Managing Director of Educomp Infrastructure and School Management Ltd (EISML). He is currently the Practice Head for Education & Skills Development with IPE Global Private Limited, a consulting firm that works in the development sector.