Shri SN Pradhan, IPS
Shri Satya Narayan Pradhan took over as Director General of National Disaster Response Force on 22nd January, 2019.
Prior to this he served as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) from August, 2016 to January, 2019. In MDoNER inter alia he piloted the innovative programme called Science & Technology Interventions in the North Eastern Region (STINER).
Shri Pradhan is an IPS officer belonging to 1988 batch borne on the Jharkhand cadre.
Shri Pradhan is a Post Graduate in Political Science from Hyderabad University, and did his M.Phil in International Relations from J.N.U. He was awarded the prestigious Chevening Fellowship of the British Council under which he acquired the degree of LLM with distinction in International Human Rights law from University of Essex, UK.
Shri Pradhan worked as Superintendent of Police in various districts of Bihar , before joining as Assistant Director at the Sardar Vallabbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad where he trained 6 batches of IPS officers as Assistant Director as well as Deputy Director.
His hobbies include poetry and story writing. He was awarded first prize in short story competition organized by Times of India and British Council. He played cricket for Hyderabad University. He has been awarded the International Award as a Poet of Merit from the International Society of Poets. He is a two time winner of Prime Minister’s Silver Cup Essay Competition on police subjects. He is the editor of the first ever Compendium on Good Practices in Policing in India. He is also the co-author of the checklist for police investigation officers. He is a visiting faculty in several institutions and organisations of national repute.
He was awarded the President’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 2006 and has been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service 2012.
In 2008, he was given the Queen’s Award for Innovation in Policing by the Government of UK.
In recent years for his numerous innovations in use of IT in policing he has been recognized at the national level and conferred several prestigious awards.
While pursuing his abiding interest in Cyber Security and Cyber Peace, Shri Pradhan holds a Diploma in Disaster Management and is committed to introduce further innovations and best practices into disaster response efforts of NDRF.