Ravinder Kumar (UP:IAS:2011) is an exceptional civil servant having climbed Mt Everest. None of his service colleagues has ever done that. So when he released his book “Many Everests” on 12 December 2016 at CSOI Auditorium, the Chief Guest was none other than Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. Guests on the stage were luminaries like former DOPT Secretary and serving PESB Chairman Dr. Sanjay Kothari, Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar (IAS:1981:TN), Youth Affairs Secretary A K Dubey (IAS:1982:KL), P K Jha (IAS:1982) Secretary Dept of official language, BK Prasad (IAS:1983), IRCTC CMD A K Manocha and Diksha Bhandari (IFoS:2013) probationer officer in UP.
The book “Many Everests” is a biography in the form of a motivational book, where he has shared his tried and tested techniques to success and explained in detailed, ‘how his technique worked well in ups and downs of his life’ and ‘how people can use this technique to realize their dreams in life.’
The author, Ravindra Kumar, currently posted as Chief Development Officer in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh. He loves seafaring and adventure sports. He climbed Mt Everest on 19th May 2013 and became the first I.A.S. Officer of India as well as first sea-fearer of India to climb Mt. Everest. For his big feat, he was awarded “Sikkim KhelRatna Award” by Government of Sikkim and “Vishesh Khel Samman” by the government of Bihar, his native state. Both awards are the highest sports awards of the respective states.
He aspires to connect Adventure Sports with Disaster Management & Public Services so that the expertise of Mountaineering & Adventure Sports can be used in Search & Rescue Operation during Disaster. It motivated him to take the second journey towards the highest peak of the world in 2015.
He organized the “1st All India Services Everest Expedition 2015” with civil servants from five different states of India and made “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” as the main theme of the expedition in order to attract the attention of the people towards health & hygiene issues. The Expedition, the first of its kind in India, was flagged off by the Prime Minister on 27th March 2015. Unfortunately, the Expedition couldn’t be completed due to a major earthquake in Nepal and resultant avalanche at Everest Base Camp on 25th April 2015. On the day of Earthquake, he stayed back for hours and participated in Rescue Operation & Medical Mission to save the life of injured persons.
Ravinder is native of a remote village in Begusarai District of Bihar. He studied at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Begusarai town in 1992. In 1999-2002, he joined an Italian shipping company ‘Finaval Spa’ with its manning agency in India known as “Pentagon Marine Services Pvt. Ltd.” He worked in Merchant Navy for about 10 years from 2002 to 2011.
Thereafter, he succeeded in joining the Indian Administrative Service where he got Sikkim as his Cadre. In May 2016, his cadre was changed from Sikkim to Uttar Pradesh, where he is working currently.