Principal Secretary
Department of IT, BT and S&T
Government of Karnataka

An IAS Officer of 1990 batch, Mr. Gaurav Gupta has recently taken over as Principal Secretary to Government, Commerce & Industries Department, holding concurrent charge of Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka.
As Principal Secretary, IT, BT and S&T, in a span of last one year, he has been instrumental in creating several Centres of Excellence in new technologies such as IOT, AI & Robotics and also one on Cyber Security, with active collaboration from the industry, academia and stakeholders. He has worked to enhance the ecosystem for the Infotech & Biotech Industry in Karnataka. Programs like ‘Bengaluru Tech Summit’ & ‘Elevate 100’ to promote technology startups were initiated during his tenure.
During his previous position as Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director of Industries & Commerce, a position that he held from October 2014 to February 2017, he was instrumental in conduct of highly successful mega investor summit “Invest Karnataka” in February, 2016, and also in successful organising of “Pravasi Bharat Divas” in Bengaluru in January, 2017.
He is graduate from IIT Kanpur in Electrical Engineering and Post graduate from IIT, Delhi. The IIT Kanpur has conferred ‘Distinguished Alumnus award’ in recognition of his exceptional services.