November 26, 2020
He is the former Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary and Member Defence Procurement Board, Ministry of Defence. During his career with the Indian Defence Accounts Service, spanning thirty five years, he worked in various capacities in the Defence Accounts Department and on deputation to the Central Vigilance Commission as Commissioner for Departmental Inquiries.
During his tenures with the Ministry of Defence he was associated with all financial and contractual matters related to procurement of goods and services for the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Special Forces Command and the Army Ordnance. He also handled defense plans and budget from 2005 to 2011. As Financial Advisor (Acquisition), he handled all financial matters related to capital procurements for the services and the Coast Guard.
He chaired the committee that reviewed and drafted the Defence Procurement Manual, 2009 and its supplement of 2010. He was associated with the review of the Defence Procurement Procedure 2011 and deliberations held in the Ministry of Finance on the draft of the Public Procurement Bill, 2012. He was also closely associated with the formulation of the new Defence Offset Guidelines of 2012. He was co-chair of the forum set up to review the progress of all procurement cases under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme of the US Government. He was also a member of the Indo-Russian working group on procurement related issues.
Amit Cowshish holds MA and M Phil degrees in Political Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an LL B degree from the Delhi University. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.
He has attended National Security & Strategic Studies course at the National Defence College and the Advanced Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, both at New Delhi.
He writes for various defense journals and websites on issues related to offsets, life-cycle costing, defense industrialization, procurement procedures, defense planning and budgeting. He is on the editorial board of the defense journal ‘India Strategic’ and the advisory board of another defense journal ‘DefProAc’.
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