Mr Prakash joined TERI in July 2011 as Distinguished Fellow, after a long and distinguished service in Indian Railways. His association with TERI goes back to 2003-2004 as a Visiting Senior Fellow .
His career with the Indian Railways spanned over 37 years where he held numerous key positions in different Zonal Railways and the Railway Board. Mr Prakash retired as Member (Traffic), Indian Railway Board and Secretary to Government of India in December 2009. Upon retirement he was appointed as Chairman, Standing High Powered Committee on Infrastructure Planning, Business Development and Project Monitoring on Indian Railways. During his tenure, the Committee prepared a comprehensive report on future strategies for Indian Railways.
He has held several senior positions in Railway Board and Northern and Eastern Railways. Prior to becoming Member of Railway Board, he was General Manager of Northern Railway, one of the most prominent Railways of India, responsible for about 25 per cent of Passenger traffic of Indian Railways. During his time at the Railway Board, he held the posts of Executive Director Tourism Transportation (M), Executive Director (Statistics & Economics) as well as Executive Director and Team Leader of Project for development of Long Range Decision Support System.
He also managed implementation of FOIS on Indian Railways – a comprehensive system to manage freight train operation on Indian Railways.
As Member (Traffic), Mr Prakash was Head of Traffic Department in Ministry of Railways and responsible for Commercial, Operating & Marketing functions and management of freight and Passenger Business on Indian Railways. In addition, he also held supplementary assignments and was Chairman of various public sector undertakings such as Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), and Pipavav Railway Corporation Ltd (PRCL) and was also Chairman of the Executive Committee, Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
Mr Prakash has rich experience in working across Departments and his specializations include Operations, Planning, Information Technology, and Safety besides General Management. He is a Post Graduate in Mathematics with M.B.A.