For the day-to-day management of the Foundation, the Central Government appoints a Secretary who is responsible to the Chairman of the Governing Board.
The Secretary is a high-level officer from the Indian Administrative Service or a similar organisation. The Secretary lives in Auroville.
From 7th March 2012, Mr. N. Bala Bhaskar, I.A.S (Retd.) has been appointed as Secretary of the Auroville Foundation for a period of 3 years.
Mr Bala Bhaskar had been holding this chair from 1996 till 2001 and is familiar with the workings of the township.
Previous secretaries were:
From November 2011 Mr. Loganathan, Registrar of Pondicherry University, has functioned as temporary Secretary in-charge.
Mr. M. Ramaswamy, I.A.S.
Mr. S.R. Sharma, I.A.S.
Mr. N. Bala Baskar, I.A.S.
Dr. S.C. De, I.P.S.
Mr. L.K. Tripathy, I.A.S.