Amit Kaushik joined the Indian Railways as a civil servant in 1987 after obtaining a postgraduate degree in Economics from the Panjab University Chandigarh. Over the course of the twenty years he spent in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments both in the Railways and outside and worked in varied areas including administration, investment appraisal, financial analysis, project management and industrial relations.
From 2001-2006, Amit was Director, Elementary Education, in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the development and implementation of various policies related to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, as well as India’s international commitments on Education For All (EFA). Among other things, he worked closely on the 2005 draft of the Right to Education Bill, based on which The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was passed in 2009.
He has been a consultant to UNESCO Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, and Lebanon, as well as to UNICEF Iraq and Yemen, working with them from time to time on assignments related to literacy, planning for Education for All, non-formal education, accelerated learning and the Global Partnership for Education.
Since 2007, Amit has worked with a number of education sector organisations in the private and/or not-for-profit sector. He is currently the CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (India), a not-for-profit research organisation that undertakes commissioned educational research, large-scale learning assessments, professional development, and capacity building programmes for a range of clients in India and the South Asian region.