Only two shortlisted for DGH interview so far

Vol 19, PW 9 (14 Jan 16) People & Policy

More than six months after BN Talukdar retired on June 30, 2015 the oil ministry has at last begun choosing candidates to interview for the post of DGH director general.

By January 12 two of five ONGC candidates who submitted CVs by the December 20, 2015 deadline had been shortlisted: KK Gupta, a general manager overseeing OVL's San Cristobal project in Venezuela, and Puneet Suri, a general manager in ONGC's exploration contract monitoring (EXCOM) group. There's bad news for D.

Purkayastha, who heads EXCOM and is Puneet Suri's boss; Ashutosh Bhardwaj, who heads the Corporate Exploration Centre; and Sanjay Chawla, former head of the FDP and Alternate Energy Group at the DGH. None are likely to be called for interview.

"Purkayastha and Bhardwaj have less than four years before retirement," reports an oil ministry source. Only candidates under 56 when applying are eligible.

"Chawla isn't eligible," we hear. "The ministry wants a geology, geophysics or petroleum engineering degree; Chawla studied chemistry.

" PK Sharma, director operations at Oil India and Pawan Kumar, also from Oil India on deputation to the oil ministry, applied too but it's unclear if either is shortlisted. "No more CVs will be accepted," confirmed a ministry source on January 12.

"At least three eligible candidates need to be shortlisted to hold interviews," he adds. "Or we might have to re-advertise.


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