A 1990 batch Odisha cadre officer, Ahuja is currently serving as Special Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Department of Personnel and Training.
A statement from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Ministry of Personnel said that Ahuja has been appointed in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India by temporarily upgrading the post.
“CBSE gets new Chairman. Shri Manoj Ahuja, IAS (OR:90), Special Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Department of Personnel and Training has been appointed as Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education today,” the education board tweeted.
Ahuja has now replaced IAS officer Anita Karwal who was appointed as Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, in April last week.
The appointment of a new chairperson of the CBSE comes at a time when the board is yet to conduct exams of as many as 29 subjects that were deferred in view of the nationwide lockdown announced on March 25.
The CBSE had also announced that it will conduct the remaining Class 10th and 12th board examinations from July 1 to 15.