Dr. Rajan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Modern History and a Doctorate in Sociological Jurisprudence from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Dr. Amitabh Rajan started his civil service career by joining the Indian administrative service in 1979. As a career bureaucrat, he served the State Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India, in various capacities. With the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India, Dr. Rajan has held very senior positions in the areas of Internal Security, Finance, Power Sector Regulation, Corporate Governance and Investment Commission. He held the charge of the Additional Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary, Government of Maharashtra.
As the Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Dr. Rajan headed "Operation X", the hanging of the terrorist Ajmal Kasab. He also established the Maharashtra Police Establishment Board, and was responsible for the selection of various Police Commissioners and Director Generals in the State of Maharashtra, including two Police Commissioners of Mumbai, and Police Commissioners of Pune, Thane, etc.
He chaired several high-powered committees, including the committee setup to improve the low conviction rate in Maharashtra, which improved state-level conviction-rate in the next calendar year, and the committee setup by the Bombay High Court to improve traffic congestion in Mumbai City.
Dr. Rajan served as the Additional Secretary (Revenue) in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance from 29 November 2011 to 13 March 2012. He also held the additional charge of Director Enforcement. Prior to this, he served as the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Personnel from 2010 to 2011.
From 2006 to 2011, he served as the Principal Secretary and Investment Commissioner to the Government of Maharashtra, and was the Chairman and Managing Director of a National Finance and Development Corporation from 2001 to 2006. Prior to this, he has served the Government of India in various capacities, as the Secretary to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Director of Finance (Ministry of Social Justice), the Deputy Secretary (Home: Special), and District Magistrate for Jalgaon and Nanded districts in Maharashtra.
He has represented India in various international venues, including at the 2012 Ministerial Conference of Paris Pact, where he led the Indian delegation in the absence of the Union Finance Minister. He also led the Indian delegation at SAARC summits in Pakistan (1993) and Bangladesh (1992).
Dr. Rajan is a prolific writer. He has written several books, including "Sociology of Human Rights" and "Explorations in Local History and Literature". He has also authored over 15 research articles including the publications in Indian Journal of Public Administration: "Information Rights: A Jurisprudential Audit" and "Jurisprudence of Children’s Rights", and the publications in All India Reporter: "Evolution of Information Rights Jurisprudence", and "Jurisprudential Strength of Children’s Rights". As an authority on the Maharashtra Police, he was invited to write the introductory commentary on the book "The Maharashtra Police Act" by All India Reporter.
Dr. Rajan has also written several articles in the field of Finance, including “The Institutional Identity of India’s NITI Aayog”, “India’s Fourteenth Finance Commission: A SWOT-Analysis”, “Neoliberalism and After: Scope and Limits of Interest Group Representations in Public Finance Decisions”, and "Techno-economic Aspects of Modernization of Police Forces in India".
Dr. Rajan has given various invited talks -- "Techno-economic aspects of Modernization of Police Forces in India" (London), "Administrative Identity of Regulation in India" (International Congress of I.I.A.S., Lausanne, 2011), and "New Public Management Model: A Critique. Public Administration" (Leadership and Management Academy, Republic of South Africa, 2011) -- to name a few.
He has also held memberships in the Council of Administration, International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Brussels, the Governing Council of the Asian Group of Public Administration, Beijing, and the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management, London. His biographical entry has been included in the INFA Annual Publication "India: Who’s Who" since 2002, under the Finance category.
Corporate BoardsIndependent Director, State Trading Corporation of India, New Delhi (2017-)
Chairman, Board of Directors, Maharashtra State Security Corporation, Mumbai (2012-2014)
Chairman, Board of Directors, Maharashtra Police Housing Corporation, Mumbai (2012-2014)
Chairman and Managing Director, National SC Finance and Development Corporation, New Delhi (2001-2006)
Member, Board of Directors, National BC Finance and Development Corporation, New Delhi (2001-2006)
Member, Board of Directors, National Handicapped Finance Corporation, New Delhi (2001-2006)
Member, Board of Directors, National Jute Manufacturers Corporation, Ltd., Kolkata (2002-2006)
Establishment BoardsChairman, Maharashtra Police Establishment Board, Mumbai (2013-2014)
Member, State Civil Services Board for IAS officers, Mumbai (2013-2014)
Member, State Civil Services Board for IFS officers, Mumbai (2013-2014)
SCOPE Excellence Award Gold Trophy for Best Managed Public Sector Enterprise, 2007
Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, 2004.
MOU Award for Excellence for achieving MOU targets set by Government of India, 2003
MOU Award for Excellence for achieving MOU targets set by Government of India, 2001
Award for Excellence in Implementing National Blindness Control Programme (1985–86, 1988).