Sitanshu Kar to Head Press Information Bureau of India

Sitanshu Ranjan Kar. Photo: PIB
Sitanshu Ranjan Kar. Photo: PIB

Sitanshu Ranjan Kar, a 1983 batch officer of Indian Information Service, took over as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB) in New Delhi today. He succeeds Mr Frank Noronha, who superannuated Monday.

In a career spanning nearly 35 years, Mr Kar has worked in key positions in various media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

According to a government release, Mr. Kar joined PIB in 2003. He anchored the publicity of several key ministries such as Environment & Forests, Rural Development, Human Resource Development, Science & Technology, Atomic Energy and Space before joining the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence as the Principal Spokesperson in August 2005.

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He has the distinction of being the longest serving spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence for over a decade at a stretch.

In December 2015, he was appointed as the Director General of the News Services Division of All India Radio.

Mr Kar had graduated in Humanities from BJB College, Bhubaneswar and secured the First Rank in Political Science Honours in Utkal University. He earned his post-graduate degree in Political Science and M. Phil in Chinese and Japanese Studies from Delhi University.

Photo courtesy: PIB

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