R. Subrahmanyam is a Distinguished Fellow at Pahle India Foundation. He is an Indian Administrative Service officer who has served the country for 37 years, starting in 1985. He has covered the entire gamut of the social sector from tribal development, poverty alleviation to education. He is currently a member of the Centre for Research in Schemes and Policies (CRISP).

He was involved in redesigning the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), bringing in IT tools, improved outcomes and real time monitoring of the program. As Education Secretary, he led the preparation of the National Education Policy 2020, alongside academicians, experts and various other stakeholders.

He has established several institutions for improved program delivery such as Higher Education Financing Agency, National Testing Agency etc.

Mr. Subrahmanyam completed his MA in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and did another MS in Macroeconomics from University of Bradford with a Commonwealth Scholarship.


  • MBA
    International Business, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, 2008
  • Master of Science
    Macroeconomics, University of Bradford, 1999
  • Masters
    International Relations and Affairs, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1983
  • Bachelors
    Economics, Madras Christian College, 1981


Work Experience:

  • 2022 – Present: Secretary
    Centre for Research in Schemes and Policies
  • 2018 – 2022: Secretary
    Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India
  • 2013 – 2015: Joint Secretary
    Government of India
  • 2007 – 2013: Principal Secretary to Government
    Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • 2000 – 2007: Director
    Textiles Ministry, Government of India
  • 1994 – 1996: District Collector
    Government of Andhra Pradesh