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Sri Madabhushi Madan Gopal, IAS, has a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He was selected into the Indian Administrative Service in 1984 and placed in Karnataka Cadre. He started his career as Asst. Commissioner & Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nanjangud, in Mysore District. During his more than 3 decades of service in Karnataka, he has served the State in many Departments including Health and Family Welfare, Higher Education, Food and Civil Supplies, Forest, Environment and Ecology, Water Resources, Mines and Geology, Deputy Commissioner for Bijapur and Gulbarga. He also served as Executive Director for World Bank funded Jala Samvardhane Yojana, (Integrated Tank Development Project) , Commissioner for Public Instruction, Bangalore, Registrar, Central University of Hyderabad.
He has attended various workshops and seminars at National and International level as a Resource Person on Community Mobilization, Non-formal Education, Health, Rural Development, Empowerment and other related issues. He is also a Visiting Professor for International Institute on Chronic Hypoxia, La Paz, Bolivia.
He is Life Member of IIPA, New Delhi, ASCI, Hyderabad, Bangalore International Centre and Sri Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning, Bangalore. He has published many books and presented papers at National and International forums.
He has visited several (50+) countries to attend seminars and workshops and also as part of the Study Teams on various development and educational issues. His hobbies include Mountaineering and Photography.