Ashwin B. Pandya, has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Water Commission & Ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India. He was holding additional charge of the post since November, 2013. A graduate in Civil Engineering from Saurashtra University and post-graduate in Structural Engineering from IIT, Delhi, Pandya joined the Central Water Engineering Service in CWC in October, 1977 as Assistant Director. In a career spanning more than 36 years, he has held various positions in the Department and other organizations under the Ministry of Water Resources like WAPCOS, NWDA and NPCC. He was elevated to the post of Member (Design & Research) & Ex-officio Addl. Secretary to the Government of India in August, 2012. Pandya has all round experience in water resources sector involving resource assessment, project planning, design, execution, operation and safety assurance, funds management, commercial consultancy management etc. An avid proponent of irrigation, multi-purpose and hydro-power projects, his stint as the Chairman of the Organisation is expected to provide much needed boost to the Sector.