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Sh. P.K. Bishnoi  holds a degree in Petroleum Engineer from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad ( an IIT) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).  Sh. Bishnoi after his engineering graduation had joined Larsen & Taubro Limited at Mumbai in their Petroleum Equipment Division but soon shifted to L&T’s Construction Equipment Division and was involved in launching hydraulic excavators in India.  Sh. Bishnoi after his MBA from IIMA joined the Planning Commission, New Delhi in Project Appraisal Division as a Consultant and was involved in several economic analysis and appraisals of large projects of national importance in sectors like petroleum, coal, civil aviation etc.  Sh. P.K. Bishnoi then joined M/s. Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and held positions in several business activities, the important ones being in the areas of project management, market surveys/feasibility report preparations, corporate planning etc.  Sh. Bishnoi headed Strategic Business Unit (SBU), i.e. greases and lubricants Division before being appointed as Director (Finance) on the Board of Balmer Lawrie in January, 1998.  Sh. Bishnoi  became Managing Director in the year 2001.   Sh. P.K. Bishnoi then left Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd. to join Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. (RINL), a Central PSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel as Director (Finance) and Member of the Board in April, 2004.  Sh. Bishnoi was elevated to the position of Chairman-cum-Managing Director in May, 2007.  RINL is a schedule A, Navratna Company.   Sh. Bishnoi was on deputation  as Chief Executive Officer of Cochin Refineries – Balmer Lawrie Ltd.  during 1993-1995.  Sh. Bishnoi has served on Boards of several joint venture, associate and subsidiary companies floated by Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd. and RINL in the areas of aviation lubricants, industrial packaging, shipping containers, leasing of multi modal containers ( an NBFC), iron ore mining, company to manufacture railway axle etc.  Sh. Bishnoi during the service period has been felicitated with several awards and recognitions for the work done in various fields.  

            Sh. P.K. Bishnoi  superannuated from RINL on 31.07.2011 and  joined as Member, Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board on 10.01.2012 (AN). 


Shri Kiran Kumar Jha is a Mechanical Engineer with 1 st Division from Vikram University, Ujjain, India and started his career in early seventies with ONGC. He has more than 38 years of experience to his credit in Oil & Gas Industry. An expert in cross-country Oil Pipelines, he has handled all activities of Pipelines network including Operation & Maintenance and Project implementation of cross-country pipelines.

Shri Jha superannuated as Director (Pipelines) from M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited, a Maharatna and Fortune 500 Company on 31 st January, 2012. He has played a crucial role in implementation of major pipeline projects like Paradip-Haldia crude oil Pipeline, Kandla-Bhatinda Pipeline, Viramgam-Chaksu Pipeline, SPM at Paradip , Dadri-Panipat Gas Pipeline and Augmentation of Salaya-Mathura Pipeline for supply of crude oil to Koyali and Mathura Refinery as well as various branch and feeder pipelines.

Shri Jha has travelled extensively worldwide and has also presented a number of technical papers/lectures at various national and international seminars/conferences. He is a member of the prestigious National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) since February, 2003. In recognition of his expertise in project management Shri K.K.Jha was conferred the coveted and acclaimed IPMA Level-A Certification (Certified Projects Director) in January, 2011 by the Project Management Association (PMA) in association with International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is among 340 “A” Level Certified Project Directors worldwide including nine from India.

Shri Jha was also a Director on the Board of Petronet India Limited, a joint venture company formed by public and private sector oil companies, financial institutions to implement petroleum product pipelines through special purpose vehicle.

After superannuation from IOCL, Shri Jha has been appointed as Member of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) by the Government of India w.e.f. 1 st February, 2012.


Shri S.C.Batra has over 39 years of experience in the field of law. As a jurist of impeccable repute, he has to his credit degrees in Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.), Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B.) and in Legum Magister (LL.M.), in which he qualified as a gold medallist with distinction.

He started his practice in the year 1974 and joined the Judicial Service in 1978. He became the Chief Legal Advisor for NOIDA Authority in 1988. He was selected as a member of Indian Legal Service in 1992 and moved to the Central Government as Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Textiles and finally Home Affairs.

In 1994, Shri Batra was offered the post of Chairman, Debts Recovery Tribunal for the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He became the Special Judge (CBI) in 1997 for Anti Corruption Cases for Uttar Pradesh (West), a post he held till 2001. In 2001, with the formation of Uttrakhand (then Uttranchal), he was offered Membership of the State Public Service Commission Uttranchal.

In 2003, Shri Batra became the Special Judge for Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and served in this capacity till 2005. In 2006, he was a part of the Judicial Commission for the Victoria Park Fire incident in Meerut.

He has been Member Secretary for the State Legal Services Authority, UP, a body under the aegis of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad and the Govt. of U.P.

Shri. Batra travelled across the country and educated the youth about India’s Legal Systems. His passion as an educationist has made him deliver many lectures to school and college students on a variety of law related topics. He had also been associated with the Universities as a paper setter for their Undergraduate and Post Graduate Law Courses for many years. His firm belief in women empowerment and a constant endeavour to encourage it from a nascent grass root level made him educate girls from varied backgrounds about their legal rights in seminars and gatherings.

He has served as District and Sessions Judge in various districts of Uttar Pradesh and has been renowned for the record number of cases resolved and disposed by him.

He joined PNGRB as Member (Legal) on the 6th day of August, 2013.


Dr. B. Mohanty has nearly 40 years of professional experience of government service. He joined the Indian Economic Service in 1976 and held important positions in the ministries of Agriculture, Finance, Consumer Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas.

He joined the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in February 1998 as joint financial adviser at a time when the Government notified the roadmap for reform in the oil and gas sector. In the next 14 years, he worked on a whole range of oil and gas market reforms including dismantling of the three-decade-old Administered price mechanism (APM) and restructuring of the industry through merger and disinvestment. During this long stint, he had worked as Director General of Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell (Aug. 2006 - July 2011), and as Senior Adviser (Additional Secretary level) until his superannuation in August 2012.

He had served as Director on the Boards of selected Stock Exchanges during 1990-1992 and on the Boards of certain major PSU oil companies during 1998-2004. He was closely associated with high-powered expert committees on petroleum pricing and viability of oil companies, including the Kirit Parikh Committee (2010). Besides, as chairman/member, he guided a number of government committees, notably the 12th Plan Subgroup on projection of demand, export and import of oil and gas, the Working Group on Petroleum and Natural gas, chairman of the Subgroup on review of WPI on Mining, Fuel and Power by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and member of the first-ever Expert group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth by Planning Commission.

Dr Mohanty holds a PH.D. in Economics from Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan, and Master of Science in Development Management from Glasgow C. University, U.K. He also studied Japanese Language at Osaka University of Foreign Studies.