A secretary, personal assistant, or administrative assistant is a person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication, or organizational skills. These functions may be entirely carried out to assist one other employee or may be for the benefit of more than one. In other situations a secretary is an officer of a society or organization who deals with correspondence, admits new members, and organizes official meetings and events.
Duties and functions
A secretary has many administrative duties. Traditionally, these duties were mostly related to correspondence, such as the typing out of letters, maintaining files of paper documents, etc. The advent of word processing has significantly reduced the time that such duties require, with the result that many new tasks have come under the purview of the secretary. The duties may vary according to the nature and size of organization. These might include managing budgets and doing bookkeeping, attending telephone calls, handling visitors, maintaining websites, and making travel arrangements. Secretaries might manage all the administrative details of running a high-level conference or arrange the catering for a typical lunch meeting. Often executives will ask their assistant to take the minutes at meetings and prepare meeting documents for review. In addition to the minutes, the secretary may be responsible for keeping all of the records of an organization.
Secretary is a title often used in organizations to indicate a person having a certain amount of authority, power, or importance in the organization. The term is derived from the Latin word secernere, "to distinguish" or "to set apart", the passive participle (secretum) meaning "having been set apart", with the eventual connotation of something private or confidential, as with the English word secret. A secretarius was a person, therefore, overseeing business confidentially, usually for a powerful individual (a king, pope, etc.).
The official title of the leader of most Communist and Socialist political parties is the "General Secretary of the Central Committee" or "First Secretary of the Central Committee". When a Communist party is in power, the General Secretary is usually the country's de facto leader (though sometimes this leader also holds state-level positions to monopolize power, such as a presidency or premiership in order to constitute de jure leadership of the state), such as China and Cuba.
Recently, the Union ministry of electronics and information technology rolled out a national strategy for AM to encourage collaboration between government, industry, and academia with the goal of making India a global hub for design, development and deployment of 3D printing.
MADURAI ... The 500-year-old mandapam, constructed by KingThirumalai Naicker, had 27 sculptures and ten life-size sculptures of kings and queens of the Nayak dynasty. Principal secretary for tourism, culture and HR and CE, B Chandramohan, says they plan to organise laser 3D sound and light shows on the mandapam once they retrieve and renovate it ... .
The project, undertaken by GujaratEducation Technologies Limited with assistance from the state department of science and technology (DST), aims to use a pool of feted teachers to hold virtual classrooms for children weak in certain subjects using holograms, interactive videowalls and 3D models for interactive learning.
(Photo courtesy of Enrico Belga Jr./ DOST-Office of the Secretary) ... “This Winnovation contest is a venue for researchers, designers, artists, and technology developers to exhibit their ingenuity and creativity through 3D Printing technology,” DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T ... (Photo courtesy of Enrico Belga Jr./ DOST-Office of the Secretary).
While the term “brand ambassador” might be little more than a title bump from “celebrity endorser,” it takes on a darker meaning when the CEO of ExxonMobil becomes US secretary of state in the administration of then-US president Donald Trump or when the owner of the New York Jets is appointed US ambassador to the UK.
And while the term “brand ambassador" may be little more than a title bump from “celebrity endorser," it takes on a darker meaning when the CEO of ExxonMobil becomes Donald Trump’s secretary of state, or when the owner of the New York Jets is appointed America’s ambassador to the U.K.