He took over as the Defence Secretary on May 25, 2013. He has served as Principal Secretary in the Agriculture, Rural Development and Finance Departments of the Government of Tripura. He has also held the position of Chief Secretary of Tripura.
Last day of present DRDO Chief Avinash Chander is on Jan 31, 2015. ACC had abruptly terminated the contract of present DRDO Chief Avinash Chander on recommendation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. After Chander had retired in November 2014 (attaining 64 years of age) the Modi government had appointed him on contract basis for period ending in May 2016.
In the meanwhile a restructuring in DRDO is expected to take place before the appointment process of new full-fledged DRDO Chief takes off.