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Mr. Ravindra Kumar is an I.A.S. Officer, a Mountaineer & a person of strong Social Orientation. He is first IAS Officer of India to climb Mt. Everest. He is currently posted as Additional District Magistrate of North Sikkim District & belongs to Indian Administrative Services of 2011 Batch of Sikkim Cadre. He made history on 19 May 2013, when he summited Mt. Everest. For his big feat, he was awarded with "Sikkim Khel Ratna Award" by the Government of Sikkim and "Vishesh Khel Samman" by the government of Bihar, his native state.
Indian Administrative Services After returning from Mt. Everest, he went back [...]
Mountaineering and trekking After returning from Mt. Everest in June 2013, [...]
Journey to Mt. Everest After joining Indian Administrative Service, he got Sikkim as [...]
Books by Ravindra Kumar
“Towards Everest” is a thought provoking book, which has tremendous potential to change the way you look at your life. It reveals to you some hidden potential lying idle in you, using what you can fulfill all your long cherished dreams, what have been unfulfilled over the years.
It has been written with the aim to spread the key to success amongst the common people and to ignite the minds of thousands of hopeless people especially youth and students.
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 with AIR 3055 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 1999-2002 and joined an Italian Shipping Company "Finaval Spa".>
Indian Administrative Services
After returning from Mt. Everest, he went back to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie for two months of phase II training. On completion of this training, he came back to Sikkim in September 2013 to join the job as full-fledged "Indian Administrative Services Officer." He worked in the state as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Namchi sub divisions of South Sikkim till February 2014 and then Sub-Divional Magistrate of Soreng Sub-Division of West Sikkim till May 2014 and then 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 Interim Private Secretary and worked there for a short period of about three weeks. He had to return to Sikkim, when the proposal for his appointment as Private Secretary was not approved by the Government due to some reason.After coming back to Sikkim, 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 for about three months before getting transferred as Additional District Magistrate of North District of Sikkim, where is posted currently.
Journey to Mt. Everest
After joining Indian Administrative Service, he got Sikkim as his Cadre and subsequently, he came to know that the state was devastated by Sikkim Earthquake in September 2011, which took many lives. He decided to learn mountaineering, when he came to know that local mountaineers also helped in rescue operation during the earthquake. The wish to reach and serve the people at grass-root level in emergency situation like earthquake motivated him to learn mountaineering, which subsequently, developed into his zeal to climb the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest. Born and brought up in plains and having spent long time at sea, he was totally unfamiliar with hills and mountains but once decided, he started preparing for climbing and did training courses from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Darjeeling) after joining Sikkim in July 2012. He came to Sikkim those days for one year of District Training, which is part of overall training of IAS Officers before joining respective cadre state as full-fledged officer. He continued his preparation for climbing as well as effort for getting government sponsorship along-with his district training in Sikkim and within one year of district training period in Sikkim, he successfully reached on the top of the highest peak of the world. Mt. Everest was his first peak, which he climbed in spite of advise from many people that its very dangerous to try Mt. Everest at first instance and so, he should first try few smaller peaks.
His view of the world from the top of Mt. Everest:- "While standing on the highest point of the Earth; its fascinating to see the boundless Earth in its round form. Facing towards India, on the left side- you see mighty Mt. Kangchenjunga, on the right side- Mt. Makalu and at the back- the vast Tibetan plateau. The limitless horizon on all sides, under your own two eye, gives you the feeling that the mother Earth doesn't know its boundary....alas if it would have been a reality... a countryless, boundaries & so, ever peaceful earth...!"
Mountaineering and trekking
After returning from Mt. Everest in June 2013, he was quite busy with his job in Indian Administrative Services, so couldn't make out another mountaineering expedition till September 2014 when he got transferred as Director of an Adventure Tourism Institute IHCAE under Government of Sikkim and then, he organised one expedition and climbed Mt. Tingchen Khang, which is 6010 meters high and is located in West Sikkim Himalayas. Mt. Tingchen Khang is tough to climb and is considered as very technical peak due to presence of overhang rock on the way to summit. He is fond of trekking and so, as and when, he gets spare time during government holidays, he goes for trekking. He has covered all major trekking routes in West Sikkim Himalaya and North Sikkim Himalaya. Places like Bakhim, Dzongri, Chourikhang extra in West Sikkim and Lachen, Thangu, Giagaon extra in North Sikkim are his favourite destination during trekking.
Job in shipping
He worked in Shipping (Merchant Navy) from 2002 to 2008 continuously, during which he was promoted to the rank of Chief Officer in 2007, a managerial rank officer on ship and in 2009, discontinued this 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 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.
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 extra 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.
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 organised 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 organised 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.
Other than aforesaid activities, he is fond of jogging, doing yoga and meditation, playing chess and giving motivational speeches. He won many prizes in Hindi speech competition during his school days. After returning from Everest, he has given motivational speeches at many platforms to motivate the youth of the country to come forward and 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 extra. He has also motivated thousands of youths during State Youth Festival in Bihar, where Bihar Government invited him.
Achievements and awards
(1) L.V. Reddy Memorial Award 2013 (LBSNAA, Mussoorie)
(2) Sikkim Khel Ratna Award 2014
(3) Vishesh Khal Samman 2014 (Govt. of Bihar)
(4) Bharat Jyoti Award 2014
"All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest 2015 spring"
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year of first Indian Ascent of Mt Everest in 1965, an "All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest" is being organised in 2015 under leadership of Mr Ravindra Kumar, IAS. The Expedition is being organised by Indian mountaineering Foundation (IMF), the apex body for Mountaineering related activities in India under Ministry of Youth affairs & sports, Government of India.The aforesaid expedition is recognized and supported by "Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports" as well as "Ministry of Personnel and Training", Government of India.
The Team comprises of five climbing members including leader, which includes 2 IAS officers, 2 IPS officers and one Indian Forest Service Officer. All officer are from different states and represent 5 different cadre States of India namely Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra & Karnataka. In addition to this, an experienced mountaineer & two times Everest Summiteer Mr. Kazi Sherpa from Sikkim has been selected as "Base Camp Manager cum Technical Advisor" of this expedition.
This is first time in India that a group of officers from "All India Services" has joined hands together and is committed to take such a courageous venture.
The leader of aforesaid expedition Mr. Ravindra kumar is an IAS officer of 2011 Batch of Sikkim cadre and is presently posted as Additional District Magistrate of North District of Sikkim. He has already climbed Mt. Everest in May 2013 and became the first IAS Officer of India to climb the highest peak of the world. Mt. Everest is his first peak in life, which he attempted and climbed in his first attempt in May 2013.
After returning from Everest, he continued climbing as & when he got time & chance in addition to his regular job in "Indian Administrative Services" and recently, climbed Mt. Tingchenkhang (6010 mtr) in November 2014 and B.C. Roy Peak (17800 feet) in Feb 2015 as part of Pre-Everest Expedition. Both peaks are situated in West Sikkim Himalaya. In addition to mountaineering , he has done extensive trekking in North Sikkim as well as West Sikkim. In North Sikkim, he has trekked extensively and has covered on foot the distance of about 125 km from Mangan (district head quarter of North Sikkim) to last Army post called �Bunker� near china border. Similarly he has extensively trekked in West Sikkim and has covered last trekking spot near Nepal Border. Recently, he also completed Sandakphu Trek in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, which is located at India-Nepal border and is the highest point of West Bengal.
Other than mountaineering and trekking, he has been keenly interested and has taken part in many other Adventure Activities like Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Para Sailing, SCUBA Diving, Skin Diving, Horse riding, River Rafting extra 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.
He would lead this expedition and after successful summit, he would be the first civil servant of India to climb Mt. Everest more than one time.
Another member of this expedition is Ms Saroj Kumari, who is IPS officer of 2011 Batch of Gujarat Cadre and is presently posted as Assistant Suprintendent of Police of Surat Rural District. After successful summit, She would become the First Lady IPS officer of India to climb Mt. Everest.
She has done mountaineering course from HMI Darjeeling and also participated in Pre-Everest Expedition organised with assistance from HMI Darjeeling in Feb 2015 and climbed B. C. Roy peak (17800 feet). She has done extensive trekking in Darjeeling area including Sandakphu Trek and Tiger Hill. In addition to this, she has been an athele and participated in 3 half marathons and completed in about 2 hours of time. She is all set to climb Mt. Everest and motivate other women to dream high & achieve high.
Another member of this expedition is Mr. S. Prabhakaran, who is Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of 2011 Batch of Karnataka Cadre and is presently posted as Deputy conservator of forest of Koppal District of Karnataka.
After successful summit, he would become the first Indian forest service officer of India to climb Mt. Everest.
He has done mountaineering course from HMI Darjeeling and also participated in Pre-Everest Expedition organised with assistance from HMI Darjeeling in Feb 2015 and climbed B. C. Roy peak (17800 feet). He has done extensive trekking in Darjeeling area including Sandakphu Trek and Tiger Hill. He has been a tough trekker since college time.
Another member is Dr. Vikram Jindal, who is an IAS officer of 2012 Batch of Rajasthan cadre and is presently posted as Sub-Divisional magistrate in Sawai-Madhopur District of Rajasthan. He has done mountaineering course from NIM Uttarkashi & HMI Darjeeling.
He has already climbed Mt. Bhagirathi peak (6800 m) in Uttrakhand in 2014. He has also been a tough trekker in the past. After successful summit, he would become the first civil servant from Rajasthan to climb Mt. Everest.
Another member is Mr. Suhail Sharma, who is an IPS officer of 2012 Batch of Maharashtra Cadre and is presently posted as Assistant Superintendent of police in Buldana District of Maharashtra. After successful summit, he would be the first All India Services Officer from Maharashtra to climb Mt. Everest.
He has done mountaineering course from HMI Darjeeling and also participated in Pre-Everest Expedition organised with assistance from HMI Darjeeling in Feb 2015. He has been a tough trekker since college days and is all set to climb Mt. Everest.
After first successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, Government of India has initiated promotion of Mountaineering by setting up Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and in 1965, Everest Expedition of government of India, which was organised by IMF, succeeded in placing a record breaking nine climbers on the top of Everest and India became the fourth country in the world to plant its flag on the world's highest peak.
An "All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest" on the eve of 50th year of the grand success of 1965 is definitely special way to commemorate this golden jubilee year. This expedition goes beyond merely celebrating the Golden Jubilee Year and takes up the cause of Youth Awareness and their enhanced participation in Disaster Management to improve the efficiency to Disaster Response in India. This cause has been taken up by the leader of the Expedition Mr. Ravindra Kumar, who climbed Mt. Everest in 2013 taking a lesson from Sikkim Earthquake of Sept. 2011; when local mountaineers were sent to the devastated area to rescue victims when the road was disrupted due to Earthquake & normal connectivity was lost. Now, in the form of "Everest Expedition 2015" with All India Services officers from different parts of India, who act as nodal officers in district during disaster management; the aim is to spread Disaster Response awareness through out India.
Mr. Ravindra is also carrying the cause and agony of differently-abled people to the highest peak of the world by taking the flag of a dedicated NGO working for differently-abled children. He is doing this as a symbol of social
responsibility for an under privileged section of society to attract the attention of society towards their cause.
Other major causes taken up by the aforesaid expedition is women empowerment as represented by Ms. Saroj Kumari and the issue of Environmental Sustainability & the importance of Afforestation in Environmental protection as represented by S. Prabhakaran (Indian Forest Service Officer). The other two members (Mr.Vikram Jindal IAS & Mr Suhail Sharma IPS) are aiming to promote sports & adventure activities including mountaineering in their respective cadre States by setting an example by climbing the highest peak of the world in spite of being in civil services.
After being flagged off from New Delhi, the expedition team is scheduled to arrive Kathmandu on 30th march 2015. The team would commence trekking in 1st week of April 2015 and reach Everest Base Camp at 17600 feet around mid April. After completing a schedule of acclimatization above Everest Base Camp during 2nd Half of April and 1st week of May, the team would attempt summit of Everest in second half of May 2015.
Organised on the eve of golden Jubilee of 1st Indian Ascent to Mt. Everest (1965), this expedition of 2015 is expected to set another milestone in the field of Mountaineering in India.