Vivek Atray, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has excelled in a plethora of fields – public administration, writing, motivational speaking, information technology, education, e-governance, public relations, communication, tourism and sports. He is an acclaimed writer and orator and has inspired thousands of youngsters to adopt a cheerful, positive and multi-dimensional approach to their lives.
Vivek Atray was born in New Delhi. His father, Mr. Jai Prakash Atray was an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) and was posted to Srinagar from Delhi just when Vivek was born. “My early schooling was in Delhi, then London where my father was posted. I also studied at St. Johns High School in Chandigarh,” he says.
He played the under 19 C K Nayudu cricket Trophy at the national level.
He graduated from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Vivek Atray organises the annual All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament in his father’s memory in which over 100 renowned international players including Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag, Saurav Ganguly and MS Dhoni have played over the past 25 years.
Starting a new innings
In 1991, his father passed away at the age of only 50 years. “I was just 25 years old at that time. The Government offered me a Haryana Civil Services (HCS) post and I started my career,” says Mr. Atray.
Vivek Atray was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate at Kalka in August 1993. He became very popular among the public for his path-breaking, innovative ideas and policies.
He won much acclaim for his role in developing the IT Park when he was the Director of IT Chandigarh. He also spearheaded the national award winning e-Sampark project, a multi-service, single window e-Governance project.
Widening his horizons
On promotion to the IAS, he served as the Managing Director of Hartron Ltd, Director School Education and then as Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, where he initiated innovative projects such as Aadar Samman (Respect for the Elderly) and Village Mentoring.
Spreading knowledge and wisdom
Mr. Vivek Atray is a great believer in yoga, meditation and is highly motivated by the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’.
“Life is about inner satisfaction, leadership, inner calmness, positive thinking”, Vivek says. He has delivered as many as 8 TEDx talk on topics like the ‘Ingredients for being an all-rounder in life’
He is a much lauded writer with a flair for literary expression. His novels “Move on Bunny” and “Dubey ji Bounces Back” was also highly successful. His third book, “Finding Success Within” is on the anvil. He writes a fortnightly column Random Forays for the Hindustan Times.
Well balanced family
Mr. Vivek Atray is married to Neena, whom he had met while in college in Kurukshetra. “Both of us used to come to Chandigarh on most weekends and used to catch the same bus, initially by accident and later on by design. Our friendship grew into a lifelong bond,” he quips. They have two daughters – Spriha and Kavya. Mr. Atray has twin sisters – Suruchi and Surabhi.
“To be successful in life,” Mr. Vivek Atray advises the youth, “learn to manage your time well and become achievers. Live purposefully and maintain ethics at all times, respect your elders and you will do well in all that you do,” he adds.
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