New Delhi: Shumsher K Sheriff, Secretary to the Vice-President, has been appointed the new Secretary General of Rajya Sabha.
Sheriff, an IAS officer of 1977 batch, would take over on October one on completion of the term of the incumbent, Dr V K Agnihotri, a Rajya Sabha Secretariat release said on Tuesday.
He would hold the office of Secretary General in the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary, on deputation, till August 31 next year.
Thereafter, he would continue in the same capacity for a further period of two years from September 1, 2013, on contractual basis, the statement said.
59-year-old Sheriff has 35 years of administrative experience in government and has held various positions in states, the Centre as well as international assignments.
Currently posted as Secretary to the Vice-President of India, Sheriff began his career as a lecturer in Delhi University in 1974 and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 (AGMUT).
Between 1981 and 1984, he served as Deputy Commissioner in the districts of Tawang, Subansari and Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh, following which he headed Transport Department in the Government of Delhi.
Subsequently, he served as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry from 1990-1992, looking after bilateral assistance from European countries.