Having served as an IAS (Indian Administrative Services) Officer for 34 years, Mr Bala Baskar retired from active service in 2009. He held many senior positions in government including, Principal Adviser, Finance, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India; Principal Secretary, Finance and Planning, Govt. of Haryana; Principal Secretary, Public Health Engineering and Irrigation, Govt. of Haryana; and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Supplies, CA and PD, Govt. of India.
He has served as the Secretary, Auroville Foundation from 1996 to 2001 and from 2012 to 2014. After retiring from Government Service he was Director of the Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli from 2010 to 2012.
His areas of interest include, Public Finance, Planning and Financial Management; with a particular focus on Education and Training for Development.