Dr Nipun Vinayak
Dr. Nipun Vinayak, awarded the ‘Director’s Best All Round Trainee Award’ at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, has joined the IAS in 2001 after an MBBS with gold medals from Government Medical College. His professional achievements include recommendation of his work as CEO Zilla Parishad, Jalna for ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ by Government of Maharashtra and first prize in the State in ‘Rajiv Gandhi Abhiyaan for administrative reforms’. He believes that good governance is about the 3Ps – Passion, Participation and Partnership. He has authored books on sanitation (‘Beyond Sanitation’ published by YASHADA, Pune), on innovations in education and health (Gramodaya, published by UNICEF, India) and on Participative governance in district administration (available on Amazon). During his tenure as CEO, Zilla Parishad, Jalna, he converted sanitation programme into a social movement involving not only the government officials, but also elected people, women, media, religious leaders etc. He is recognized to promote community approaches in sanitation in his various roles in the rural areas (as CEO, Zilla Parishad, Jalna) and in urban areas (as Municipal Commissioner, Nanded).He would sit with all the 5000 teachers in his district in groups, holding day long discussions and motivating them and facilitating cross learning - in effect installing pride in their hearts of being teachers and unleashing their potential. Many innovations were carried out in the public health sector as well, which reduced the infant mortality by close to 50 per cent in two years. Currently serving as Municipal Commissioner of the historic city of Aurangabad, aiming to address the critical issues of solid waste, drinking water ,infrastructure and preservation of natural and national heritage.