Sitanshu Ranjan Kar, (IFS: 1983), has been appointed as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau. He has previously served in key positions in various Media Units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Kar attended the Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and Orientation Course at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. In 1988, he became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London in a world-wide competition and traveled through Europe and North America to experience the cutting-edge technologies being used in the production of television news by leading broadcasters. Kar joined the Press Information Bureau in 2003. He anchored the publicity of several key Ministries including Environment and Forests, Rural Development, Human Resource Development, Science and Technology, Atomic Energy and Space before joining the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence as the Principal Spokesperson in August 2005. He has been the longest serving spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence for over a decade at a stretch. In December 2015, he was appointed as the Director General of the News Services Division of All India Radio. He is a graduate in Humanities from Bhubaneswar's BJB College and securing the First Rank in Political Science Honors in the Utkal University. He earned his post-graduate degree in Political Science and M. Phil in Chinese and Japanese Studies from the Delhi University.
He succeeds Frank Noronha, who superannuated recently.