Pradip Baijal

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Pradip Baijal
Personal details
Residence(s)Noida, India
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
As of 3 January, 2010

Pradip Baijal is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who retired as the chief of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Baijal held several senior administrative positions in the Ministry of Finance and Industries at state level but first came into prominence as the disinvestment secretary in 1999 and was part of the team that was involved in the disinvestment of various Govt companies like BP, VSNL, IPCL and Maruti. He is credited for the sale of Maruti which resulted in a Rs 1000 crore control premium for the government).[1] He retired as the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in March 2006.[2]

Post retirement, Baijal[3] setup Noesis Strategic Consulting Company.


He was trained as an engineer before he joined the Indian Administrative Service. Baijal earned his BE (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Roorkee; now renamed the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He took part in a one-year visiting fellowship at the University of Oxford on the Privatisation of Public Enterprise.[citation needed]


Baijal also pushed for unified licensing, under which an operator can offer telecom and broadcasting services on a single licence and next generation networks for Indian telecom sector that would bring down the network costs significantly. He is credited[4] with suggesting a reduction in ADC, a fee that private operators pay BSNL for compensating its rural operations, and its eventual withdrawal by 2009.

Baijal has trained telecom regulators on behalf of the World Bank (Infodev) in Africa. He similarly works for ITU in Southeast Asia and has also undertaken restructuring of telecom regulation in Lao, Myanmar, and Oman, and has lectured ministers and regulators in Southeast Asia on reforms and regulation. He had also taken training classes on power regulation in 1999, in Vietnam. He is on the boards of Nestle, GVK, and Patni Computers, and advisory boards of the India Oil Corporation, Infrastructure Development Finance Company. For a few months in 2009, he was the chairman of an advisory committee to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board in India. He was Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).[5]

Post retirement[edit]

Baijal spent a year after retirement writing the book Disinvestment in India - I Lose and you Gain, published by Pearsons[6][7] He also co-founded a strategy consulting firm Noesis[8] with Niira Radia. He also serves on the boards of GVK, Nestle India and Patni Computers. He works as an independent consultant and advisor to several countries including Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. He has recently self-published a book and released it on Amazon. "This is an honest account of the journey of one of India's finest civil servants .... and it is a clarion call to stop the witch hunt practices, otherwise Baijal might just be the last of his tribe to have the courage to carry out big and bold reforms. The India of today cannot afford this. " - Mr. Deepak Parekh


  1. ^ "Maruti IPO May Garner Rs 700 Cr". The Financial Express. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ "TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal retires". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Anil Wanvari. " > News Headlines > Trai's Baijal ends tenure; Misra likely successor". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  5. ^ [2] Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2016. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2011. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Noesis Consultancy". Retrieved 18 November 2014.