Mr. Ravindra Kumar is an ex-Seafarer, I.A.S. Officer, Mountaineer, Author & a person with deep interest in Social Services. He is the first IAS Officer as well as first Seafarer of India to climb Mt. Everest. He has also written a book ‘Many Everests’, which has tremendous capacity to change people’s life by teaching them a positive way of life and giving them a miraculous tool to success called ‘Advanced Positive Visualization’. In short span of his life, he was awarded with “Sikkim Khel Ratna Award” by the Government of Sikkim and “Vishesh Khel Samman” by the government of Bihar and many more accolades.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
He was born and brought-up in a farmer’s family in a remote village in Begusarai District of Bihar. He attended a number of different schools as he moved up through his education including Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Begusarai and Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Ranchi. He completed his 10+2 education as well as cleared Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Entrance Examination in the year 1999 but he decided to take shipping as career and so, joined Training Ship Chanakya (Mumbai). From there, he got Graduation Degree in Nautical Science in the year 2002 and joined an Italian Shipping Company ‘Finaval Spa’.
JOB IN SHIPPING
After graduated from T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai, he worked in Shipping (Merchant Navy) in a company called Pentagon Marine Service from 2002 to 2008 continuously, during which he was promoted to the rank of Chief Officer in 2007, a managerial rank officer on ship. But in 2009, discontinued his job and came to New Delhi to prepare for civil services examination. His love for sea attracted him to come back to ship even during civil services examination preparation and he used to go to ship for few months after writing mains examination. His last sail was in 2011 after declaration of final result and his selection in civil services examination. During his job at sea, he travelled across all the oceans of the world and also visited all the continents except Antarctica. Working with Europeans gave him good experience in Human Resource Management. Later, the zeal to serve the people of his own country motivated him to quit the job in shipping and join civil service. So, he joined Indian Administrative Service in 2011 after clearing civil services examination.
INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
He belongs to Indian Administrative Services of 2011 Batch. Initially, he was allotted Sikkim State as his cadre, where he worked in the state as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Namchi Sub-Division of South Sikkim from August 2013 to February 2014 and then as Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Soreng Sub-Division of West Sikkim till May 2014. Then he came to New Delhi in June 2014 to work with “Minister of State for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India” “Sri Upendra Kushwaha” as his Interim Private Secretary and worked there for a short period of about three weeks. He came back to Sikkim, when the proposal for his appointment as Private Secretary was not approved by the Government due to some reason. For next three months, he worked as Director of Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism (IHCAE), an Institute of Adventure Tourism under ministry of Tourism, Government of Sikkim before getting transferred as Additional District Magistrate of North District of Sikkim, where he worked till May 2016. In May 2016, his cadre was transferred from Sikkim to Uttar Pradesh, where he is posted currently as Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Sitapur District.
Other than mountaineering, he has been keenly interested and has taken part in many other sports and adventure activities like bungee jumping, flying fox, para sailing, SCUBA diving, skin diving, horse riding, river rafting etc. in the past. He is also “Black Belt in Karate” which he had achieved during his college days in Mumbai. He has also been a good swimmer in the past and has won many prizes in different styles of swimming during his college days.
Mr. Ravindra Kumar is fond of jogging, doing yoga and meditation, playing chess and giving motivational speeches. He won many prizes in speech competition during his student life. After returning from Mt. Everest, he has been giving motivational speeches at many platforms to motivate the youth of the country to come forward and to rise high in life. He has given lectures in some of India’s top training institutions like I.A.S. Training Academy LBSNAA at Mussoorie, National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) at Faridabad etc. He has also motivated thousands of youths during State Youth Festival in Bihar, where Government of Bihar invited him.
Other than sports and adventure activities, he has been actively contributing in the field of social welfare and has taken many initiatives in the past to help poor and helpless people. For example: He organized voluntary fund contribution campaign on Facebook and collected and handed over Five Lakhs & Seventy Thousands Rupees to help the aggrieved family of two students, who lost their life after getting selected into Civil Services Examination. While undergoing training in I.A.S. Academy Mussoorie; he organised many blood donation camps to collect blood, which would be used in emergency to save life of many people who need it on urgent basis. He also organized many health camps for poor children in the vicinity and collected fund worth One Lakh & Twenty Six Thousands Rupees to support the higher education of children of poor staffs employed in I.A.S. Academy Mussoorie.