Sri. Madan Gopal, IAS, has a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He was selected into the Indian Administrative Service in 1984 and placed in Karnataka Cadre. He started his career as Asst. Commissioner & Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nanjangud, in Mysore District. During his more than 3 decades of service in Karnataka, he has served the State in many Departments including Health and Family Welfare, State Financial Corporation, Dept. of Higher Education, Food and Civil Supplies, Forest, Environment and Ecology Department of Public Instruction, Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation, Department of Water Resources, Mines and Geology etc. He has also served as Private Secretary to Union Ministers of State, GOI for Tourism, Rural areas, Employment, Coal and Mines. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner for Bijapur and Gulbarga. He was Executive Director for World Bank-funded Jala Samvardhane Yojana, (Integrated Tank Development Project) and Project Administrator for Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project & Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Bangalore, Commissioner for Public Instruction, Bangalore, Registrar, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. He was Deputy Secretary, Dept. of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India.
He has attended various workshops and seminars at National and International level as a Resource Person on Project Preparation, Project Management, Socio and Environment Assessment, Institutional Building, Community Mobilization, Non-formal Education, Health, Rural Development, Empowerment and other related issues.
He is also a Visiting Professor for International Institute on Chronic Hypoxia, La Paz, Bolivia. He is Life Member of IIPA, New Delhi, ASCI, Hyderabad, Bangalore International Centre and Sri Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning, Bangalore. He has published many books and presented papers at National and International forums. He has prepared a Special Report on Literacy Campaigns on Tanzania and Ethiopia after visiting these countries.
He has visited several (50+) countries including France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, USA, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Israel, Vietnam, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Bhutan to attend seminars and workshops and also as part of the Study Teams on various development and educational issues.
His hobbies include Mountaineering, Travelling, Reading, Photography, and listening to Hindustani, Classical and Vintage music.