H. C. PAREKH
Master’s Diploma in
Public Administration, I.R.S.(Retd.)
Former Director General & Chief Comm of Income Tax
Passed M.Sc. (Physics) in First Class. Joined University of Raj Jaipur as a Lecturer in physics in 1963. Taught in the university of Jaipur for 3 years. Also awarded Fellowship by 2 foreign Universities for pursuing research – i.e. University of Minitoba, a Canadian University and University of Texas of the U.S.A., but could not go due to family reasons (1965-66).
However, appeared in I.A.S. etc. examinations of 1965 and selected in Indian Revenue Service in 1966.
In school & college days was a keen debater & participated in All India debating contests, was awarded first prize in General Knowledge competition in 1955 in the erstwhile state of Ajmer Merwara while in High School. While in college took part in English and Hindi Essay & General Knowledge competitions & received several Gold Medals. A 100 page essay on ‘Ancient India’s contribution towards the advancement of mathematics & astronomy; a historical perspective received wide acclaim in academic circles. In school was president of Chhatra-Sabha and in college was secretary & President of various academic & debating societies and organized several seminars in college. Also used to contribute regularly to local papers on problems relating to students.
After selection in Indian Revenue Service (Class I) in 1966 did foundational course at National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. After course at Mussoorie did advanced Income Tax Course at I.R.S. Staff College at Nagpur for 15 months. Joined Income Tax Dept. in Dec 1967 at Jodhpur in a senior capacity worked at Udaipur, Ajmer and Jaipur and selected as Under Secretary in Ministry of Finance in 1973. Handled Audit & Public Accounts Committee matters in the Ministry. Promoted as Additional Commissioner in 1977 and Commissioner in 1988. Was Director of Investigation Gujarat & Rajasthan from 1989 to 1992 and Director of Income Tax (Investigation) Mumbai from 1993 to 1996. Handled some of the greatest Fraud & scam cases successfully. Work was highly appreciated by Government. Was promoted as Director General and Chief Commissioner in 2000.
While in Government service also wrote essays & articles on issues related to Education, Planning and Probity in Admin in various journals, periodicals & dailies. Was also ‘Chief Editor’ of Aaykar-Bharatee. Was in the visiting faculty of several all India Training Academies and management Institutes besides one university. Used to talk on Poverty Alleviation, Growth with Equity, Value system and ‘expectations of masses from public servants’. Delivered keynote addresses in many conferences, all India meets and participated in various academic seminars during that period. Had the honour of being invited to deliver convocation address by Annamalai University in South in early 2001 and delivered a series of talks on ‘Philosophy of Gandhi’ before a distinguished gathering of thinkers, philosophers and academicians organized from 5th to 7th October 2001 in Chennai by Theosophical Society of India.
While in Government service did M.Phil. in Public Administration from Punjab University in 1985 in First Division. Also attended a 9 months’ advanced professional programme of Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
After retirement actively participating in various social, literacy & educational activities. Delivers talks regularly in schools, colleges and professional institutes on Indian-value-system, Educational – reforms, challenges before Educators, Management & Ethics & Leadership. Invited to deliver a talk on Indian Philosophy by Institute of Asian studies, Albert Museum London in August 2003. Was sectional-president in a world conference in Rome in September 2004; Address was highly appreciated by international delegates. Also a member of Adult Education Association, New Delhi from 2007 and President of ‘Reading Association of India’, New Delhi. Delivered highly prestigious Dr. Jakir Hussain Memorial Lecture in 2007. Theme was ‘Education & Development’.