The New York Times named Hyderabad as one of the 41 must-visit cities of 2011 across the world. It is recognised that higher tourism can only improve the ecology, health and wealth of any place. Hyderabad, and indeed India, have yet to really gain fully in the tourism potential already existing and there still is a long way to go for Hyderabad to become an international destination.
What is the government doing to make Hyderabad a must-visit destination? What are the major hurdles in that happening?
What do intelligent, caring citizens suggest to make it happen?
In this meeting, Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Tourism, Government of AP, will offer an overview of government initiatives. And, for a good part, he will listen to members offering him their thoughts on taking Hyderabad forward to becoming an international destination.
Jayesh Ranjan, Dr
He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University and a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics. He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank and UN-ESCAP, and international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy.
Jayesh Ranjan is presently in Tourism Sector assignment since about 2 1/2 years, and is now working as the Secretary of the state government’s Tourism Department. The mandate of the department is to create tourism related infrastructure and promote tourism in general. His previous assignments have been in Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as Vice Chairman for 3 years, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.
Jayesh Ranjan supports many social and charitable causes, and is on the Board of many organizations like Young Lives India, APMAS, ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, Hyderabad 10 K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, LSN Foundation, etc.