Nitish Kumar Sengupta, IAS was born on the 8th of July 1933. He studied history in Presidency College, Calcutta and belonged to the famous batch of 1953. He joined the IAS in 1957 and has held positions such as the Revenue Secretary of the Government of India and Member Secretary, the Indian Planning Commission. He represented India in the UN Commission on Transnational Corporations and was elected as Chairman 1981-82. In between he completed a Phd in Management from Delhi University.
After retirement in 1992 he became Director General, IMI and built it from the start to become a leading management school. He has also served as a Member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) from West Bengal. He is currently Chairman of the Board for Reconstruction for Central Public Sector Enterprises.
He has written 12 books, some of which include My Times and The History of the Bengali-speaking People.