Amita served in the Indian Administrative Service (now retired) with 33 years in the development sector as public policy maker, and program manager in different fields. Some of the key posts she held included Additional Secretary, Government of India, Department of Higher Education, Joint Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development, heading the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Program from its inception, Mission Director Elementary Education, Govt. of MP for universalising elementary education and adult literacy programmes in the State. She has won several national and international awards which include ‘India Today award for Woman in Public Affairs (2010)’, South-South Cooperation Excellence award2010 (UNDP-ILO), Best Government website, Govt. of India,2010 (designed for the flagship program MGNREGA), Education Guarantee Scheme, MP India-best MDG practice, WB, Shanghai, 2004, President of India’s award for highest female literacy growth in the state of MP, 2001, Common Wealth Gold Award for best Global Innovation in Public Service for Education Guarantee Scheme, Govt. of MP, 1998, President of India’s award for census (1991) Post retirement she has worked as Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay (IDC Design School,)and Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (C-USE), Consulting Editor for Financial Chronicle. (Newspaper) and Senior Consultant, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of India.