Pune Knowledge Cluster
The Government of India, through the office of its Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), has sanctioned the
Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) with the goal of connecting organisations with high-level of
expertise in diverse domains of Science and Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in and around Pune.
These include Universities and Colleges, research laboratories, R&D establishments at the National and State
level and leading industries that are situated in Pune.
The initial short- and long-term projects of the PKC for Pune City that are to be developed and executed are
grouped under the following verticals:
The above projects are illustrative and other projects and verticals will be identified over a period of time.
All projects will be jointly developed and executed by educational and research institutions, R&D laboratories,
industry and citizen groups.
Further information can be found at About PKC.
To coordinate all the activities and timely completion of all projects, PKC is seeking to recruit on contract the following posts.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) [by Nominations only]:
Qualification & Experience:
A nominee would be an accomplished administrator, worked in the capacity of COO or such senior positions in
academic/industrial/military/non-governmental organization/s with wide experience in administration,
finance, project and human resource management. Retired IAS officers, CEOs of mid- to large-size
organizations are also welcome to be nominated.
Nominees should have worked in Pune or should have wide knowledge of its strengths, well connected to
the academia, industry and various citizen groups and accomplished citizens. They should be familiar
with administration and finance rules and procedures of Govt of India.
Day to day management of PKC, liaising with the Principal Investigators of PKC, the office of PSA,
NITI Aayog, state and city government offices, facilitating other personnel in project development
and implementation, fund raising, creating a long term sustainable legal entity in the form of an SPV
such as a Sec. – 8 company, trust, society, etc.
Age Limit: 50 years (Relaxation as per Govt. of India norms).
Period of Contract:
Initially for a year and renewable annually depending on the performance and availability of funds.
Up to Rs. 1,80,000/- per month consolidated, depending on experience.
No. of positions: One position
How To Apply:
Nominations are sought from current or former Heads and Senior persons from Academia/Industry/Senior
Govt or Armed Forces officials. Nominations should include detailed resume of the nominee and a
covering letter from the nominator on the suitability of the nominee to meet the objectives of PKC.
Nominations are to be sent by email to
The last date for receiving nominations will be: June 20, 2021.