Amit Cowshish


icon November 26, 2020

Amit  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 tenure 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 budgets . As Financial Advisor (Acquisition), he handled all financial matters related to capital procurements for the services and the Coast Guard. Amit  was  closely associated with the formulation of the  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.

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’.  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.

Amit  holds MA and M Phil degrees in Political Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an LL B degree from  Delhi University. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.



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