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Monday, 03 April, 2017, 13 : 14 PM [IST]

Kerala Tourism welcomes new Director onboard

P Bala Kiran, IAS, has joined as the new Director of Kerala Tourism. He succeeds U V Jose IAS, who was appointed recently as the District Collector of Kozhikode.

Prior to this he served as the Director of Kerala State IT Mission, District Collector Kannur and Director of Panchayat Department. Before joining IAS, he worked as Missile Scientist in DRDO, Hyderabad, for four years and was selected for IPS (Punjab Cadre) in 2007. A 2008 batch Indian Administrative Service officer hailing from Hyderabad, Kiran started his civil service career as Assistant Collector of Kozhikode and then took over as Sub-Collector of Thiruvalla and Kasaragod. He is an alumnus of IIT Madras and an M.Tech holder in Computer Science and Engineering.

Kiran is a recipient of National Award for Best Electoral Practices of Election Commission of India for the ‘Innovative Measures’ implemented in Kannur during the Assembly Elections in 2016 and National Award for his ‘Barrier-Free Kannur’ project from Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, for his contributions towards ensuring a barrier-free environment in the district and thereby making it accessible to the differently-abled sections of the society. He has also won the ‘Best District Collector of Kerala’ Award in 2016 from Chief Minister of Kerala for his outstanding work as District Collector of Kannur.
 
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