Yashovardhan Azad (Yasho) has scaled heights where no other alumnus of AIM has ever reached in the largest democracy of the world. He is presently Secretary Security (Cabinet Secretariat) with the Government of India,which is the highest grade a civil servant can aspire to within the government hierarchy.
After joining the prestigious civil services through an all-India competitive exam, Yasho was drafted into the Indian Police Service (IPS) representing the Madhya Pradesh Cadre, 1976 batch. He went to AIM for his Master in Management (1983-84) and after graduating, he has made many unparalleled contributions in the areas of prevention of crimes, riots, narcotics and theft. He has also been responsible for the upliftment of the underprivileged, improvement of internal security and protection mechanisms for individuals of high importance, and the promotion of games and sports for harmony and peace. His work has been of exemplary quality, displaying personal excellence and entrepreneurial zeal.
His security specialization extends to the realm of arrangements made for national events. Yasho has played a major role in providing security arrangements for important national occasions such as the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations in Delhi where thousands of people throng to witness the events. As the National Security Coordinator, he was responsible for drawing up the security schemes for visits of dignitaries to India such as President Clinton of the USA, President Putin of Russia, and Pope John Paul II, among many others.
Yasho has been involved with the Sant Pathic School located in the poverty stricken, backward area of Bhagalpur in the Amarpur block. He tirelessly championed and led the efforts to enable the Sant Pathic Co-education School to get the Central CBSE affiliation, enabling quality education for over 600 children from all communities and religions. He has instituted an annual scholarship to support meritorious students and is currently involved in building a new “computer education” block to have a digital library.
When India and Pakistan stopped playing cricket, Yasho made a major contribution in improving the Indo-Pak ties, promoting regional harmony in South Asia. He gave the much remembered go-ahead for the resumption of the Indian cricket team”s tour to Pakistan after a gap of 15 years. He made a similar contribution in Bangladesh as well by touring with the Indian cricket team as the Chief Security Officer.
Due to his persistent and tenacious engagement with trade associations, cultural institutions, and sports bodies for garnering public support for district policing and related matters, he is reckoned as the hands-on expert of the highest level in matters of national security and its apparatus. He personally feels that his education at AIM taught him many things, including how to deploy scarce resources to maximize results. The management skills that he developed at the school also helped him to save the lives of 300 Sikh truck drivers, who were on the brink of getting killed in the worst communal riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Yasho has been awarded with the two most coveted medals by the President of India: the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Services (1994) and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services (2002) in recognition of his exemplary services. These medals attest to his professional excellence with proven integrity. Not only has he executed his formal job requirements with utmost perfection, but he has also gone beyond the call of duty.