K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty is a retired IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre of the 1983 batch. He studied B.E (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering and B.L. He has also done MBA from the University of Birmingham, U.K, securing ‘Distinction’ and first rank.
Starting out as Sub Collector, Hosur in 1985, Mr. Shetty held a number of key assignments including Registrar, University of Madras; District Collector, Villupuram; Director of Rural Development; Managing Director, TASMAC; Secretary, Chief Minister’s Secretariat; Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department; Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply, among others. After taking voluntary retirement from the IAS, he also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University, Chennai, a Central University under the Union Ministry of Shipping.
Mr. Shetty has published over 50 articles in leading English and Tamil newspapers and various online magazines.