Dr. Rajiv Sharma joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and had the unique distinction of being the first Chief Secretary of the newly formed state of Telangana in June 2014. After his superannuation, he was appointed as the Chief Advisor to the Government of Telangana in December 2016. He did his Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee); Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Osmania University, Hyderabad, Master of Arts in Rural Development from University of East Anglia, U.K. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
The Government of Telangana is a democratically elected body that governs the state of Telangana, India. It comprises of the Governor, Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan who is the ceremonial head of the state, with a democratically elected Chief Minister, Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao and his council of ministers who run the state.