Archana Joshi becomes 1st lady GM of SER

Ms. Archana Joshi, an officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service has assumed the charge of General Manager, South Eastern Railway on 30th July, 2021. Prior to joining as GM/ SER, Ms Joshi was working as Additional Member, Tourism & Catering, Ministry of Railways, Railway Board.

“Joshi is the first woman officer of the IRTS to become a general manager in the railways,” the SER said in a statement.

She is the first lady officer to become the General Manager of SER. She is also the first lady IRTS Officer to become a General Manager.

Joshi, an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh did her Post Graduation in Sociology and is a Gold Medallist in her subject. She thereafter completed her M Phil in Public Policy and Administration.

Joshi has worked in different Zonal Railways viz. Northern Railway, North Western Railway, West Central Railway and North Eastern Railway in various capacities as Additional General Manager, Chief Commercial Manager, Chief Operations Manager, Senior Deputy General Manager etc. She has also worked as Divisional Railway Manager, Kota, West Central Railway.

Joshi also has the distinction of having worked in the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Environment & Forests dealing with international cooperation issues in both the Ministries.

She has travelled extensively, trained internationally in USA and Europe and her contribution in rail transportation over Indian Railways is noteworthy, vast and varied. She has keen interest in sports and socio-cultural activity.

After taking charge of the post at the SER headquarters, Joshi convened a meeting of the senior officials of the four divisions to highlight her immediate priorities. “There should be an emphasis on revenue generation, running trains at maximum permissible speed limits, close monitoring of the ongoing infrastructure development projects, passenger safety and achieving freight loading targets,” Joshi was quoted as saying during the meeting.