S.M. Acharya went to school in Bangalore and Gwalior and graduated from the universities of Madras and Hong Kong obtaining Bachelor of Arts degrees. He also possesses a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK. Having taught at a school for a year and a half Mr. Acharya enrolled in an intensive course in Chinese language at the University of Delhi, and then sat for the civil service examinations in 1973. He served in the Indian Administrative Service for 35 years based in Karnataka for 20 years and in Delhi for 13 years and 2 years as a probationer in Mussoorie. During the course of these years he has had a variety of experiences that have helped him to gain an insight into the affairs of humanbeings. After retirement he has been retained by a leading education Trust to act the Chief Executive to help run their engineering and general sciences institutions. He also served as an independent director on the Board of the Bharat Electronics Ltd.