Appoitments Current Affairs - 2020

M Sathiyavathy appointed as member of UPSC

Labour Secretary M Sathiyavathy took charge as member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). She was administered oath of office and secrecy as member by  Vinay Mittal, Chairman, UPSC.

Sathiyavathy is IAS Officer of 1982 batch of AGMUT Cadre. She has rich and varied experience and has worked in various key positions under the Government during the course of a long career spanning over 35 years.

She has held several important positions in Central Government including first woman chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). She also had served as Joint DG in Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Controller, ISRO Satellite Centre, Department of Space, Member Secretary, Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles.


UPSC is a constitutional body that conducts the prestigious civil services examination. It has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India and consists of a Chairman and ten Members, who are appointed and removed by President. The chairman and members of the Commission hold office for a term of six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. Article 316 of Constitution deals with appointment and term of office of members.

Bhupendra Kainthola appointed FTII Director

Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Bhupendra Kainthola has been appointed as Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Kainthola will replace Prashant Pathrabe and shall have tenure of three years. He is a 1989 batch IIS officer.

Prior to this appointment he was serving as Director (News Room) with DD News since January 2015. He was responsible for ‘management of news operations and output’.

Previously, he has worked with PIB, Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP), Directorate of Film Festival (as Director, National Film Awards and Indian Panorama) and also with the Lok Sabha Television. Kainthola holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Mumbai’.

About Film and Television Institute of India

  • FTII is premier institute that provides training for acting, film making, video editing, direction and production.
  • It is an autonomous body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Established in 1960 and is situated in Pune on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company.
  • Since its inception, FTII has become India’s premier film and television institute. Its alumni have become technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.