Advisory Council

Shri. T S Krishna Murthy, Chairman

Shri Krishna Murthy graduated with distinction in History, Economics and Political Science from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. He completed his post graduation in Economics from MS University, Baroda and Law from the University of Madras, with distinction and first class, and then studied at the University of Bath, U.K. under Colombo Plan to qualify for M.Sc (Fiscal Studies).

He joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1963. After having worked in various capacities in the Income Tax Department, he became Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai in 1986.

He worked as Member Secretary, Shipping Development Funds committee (1975-78), General Manager, Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam (1979-82) on deputation.

In 1990, he served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance dealing with tax policy and later Foreign Tax matters. He was closely associated with Direct Tax Reforms in 1991, 1992 and 1993 historic budgets. He was promoted as Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in October, 1993 and in that capacity he worked at Delhi and Bombay.

He was elevated as Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance in 1995. In 1996, he was sent as Tax Advisor by International Monetary Fund to Government of Ethiopia. Later, he was sent as part of IMF Fiscal Mission to Georgia to advice the Government of Georgia on tax reforms.

Shri Krishna Murthy was appointed as Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Company Affairs in January 1997, being the first member of Indian Revenue Service to be elevated as Secretary. He initiated and implemented number of legislative changes to improve corporate governance and protect investors’ interests.

He was selected in 2003 as a member of team constituted by Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Sweden to study, advice and report on the electoral system in Indonesia.

He was also a member of the Commonwealth observation team for overseeing elections in Zimbabwe/Uganda.

He was invited to observe elections in U.S.A., Russia, Mexico and Palestine.

He was appointed by the Supreme Court of India as an observer for conducting the most aggressively fought Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) elections in 2005, which was later endorsed by the Supreme Court of India.

Shri. V. Subramanian, Member

Shri. V. Subramanian retired from the Indian Administrative Service from the post of Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. He has a rich and varied experience in Finance, Aviation, Tourism, Power and Labour.

Currently He is the Chairman & CEO of the Indian Wind Energy Association. 

Dr. K V Swaminathan, Member

Dr. K V Swaminathan, an engineer, scientist & technocrat is a specialist in design of Arch Dams, Technology transfer and intellectual property.  A former Adviser in the Ministry of Science & Technology, he is the Chairman of the Waterfalls Institute of Technology Transfer. He was also the Chairman of Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre.  He was formerly Controller General of Patents, designs & trademarks; Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Director – United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology.

Shri. Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Member

Sh. Ramesh Narayanaswami is an IAS officer of the Union Territories Cadre, 1971 Batch, and he retired from government service in November, 2007, as Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. Prior to this, he had served on a number of important posts both in the Central Government and in the Govts. of various States and Union Territories such as Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Among the posts held by him were that of Additional Secretary in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Principal Secretary (Urban Development), Principal Secretary (Home) and Principal Secretary (Finance) in the Govt. of the NCT of Delhi, Chairman, NDMC, Secretary to the Govt. of India in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, and Chief Secretary, Govt. of the NCT of Delhi.

Currently Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority,  Government of Delhi 

Dr. Baldev Raj, Member


President-Research, PSG Institutions
President, Indian National Academy of Engineering
President, International Institute of Welding,
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Quality Through Non-Destructive
Evaluation and Testing (QUNEST)
Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Gandhinagar
Chairman, Board of Governors, NIT Puducherry
Member, German National Academy of Sciences 

Dr. S.K. Seshadiri, Member

B,Sc., B.E., M.E., Ph.D., DIC (Metallurgy)

He has been with IIT Madras for past 30 years and is currently an Emeritus Professor in

the Department of Metallurgical and Materials. In addition to teaching UG and PG students

he has developed research facility and carried out R&D activities in the areas of surface

engineering (especially corrosion and its mitigation), biomaterials etc. 

Dr. Shyaamala Mani, Member

M.Sc. Microbiology, M.phil., Ph.D  Environmental Science, MPH – University of California.  Recipient of ICAR Fellowship in Agriculture Microbiology, Fogarty International fellowship in Environmental Health, UNCHS Global 100 award for community based waste management.  25+ years of experience in Centre for Environment Education, National Institute of Urban Affairs etc.  

Dr. S. Ramachandran, Member

M.Sc., Ph.D., Ph.D (Miami), D.Sc., Former Vice Chancellor, Madras University, Vice Chancellor of VELS University, Hindustan Engineering etc. 

Justice Dr. T N Vallinayagam, Member

Former Judge, High Court of Chennai & Karnataka, Judge-LokAdalat, High court of Chennai, Vice President, Association of retired judges of Supreme & High courts of India, Founder-Human rights committee 

Dr. Sultan, Ismail, Member

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., D.Sc., Head of Department of Biotechnology, New College, Royapettah – 35+ years of pioneering work in the field of Biotechnology 

Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, Member

M.A., M.Phil , PhD, PDF ,     Dancer, teacher, choreographer, singer music composer and educationist, Dr.AmbikaKameshwar, M.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D., is a danseuse & vocalist of  international acclaim. She has presented dance and music concerts all over the world, recorded music for Sangeetha, the well-known recording company and has composed music for & choreographed several solo dance pieces and dance-dramas on various themes.

She is a Ph.D. in Natyabhinaya (Indian Theatre) from the Dept. of Sanskrit, University of Madras (1998), which covers in its scope, dance, music & drama in their experiential & performance aspects. Her Post Doctoral Fellowship (2004) was on the application of Theatre Arts as a Holistic tool of development as a Senior Fellow of The Ministry of Culture- Govt. of India 

Dr. L N Rajaraman, Member

L.N.Rajaram, PhD is a Software Engineering Professional currently involved in social engineering through the non-profit set-up by him called Local Communtiy Exchange Empowerment Trust. (Lokalex) .His  vision is to build and strengthen the Local Community economy at the village level and to transform the rural mindset from a helpless subservient   daily  wage earner to a vibrant, entrepreneurial service and goods provider so as to take care of  the needs of the local society.

He has a couple of patents to his credit and has won a few wards for innovation besides being a reputed consultant in the IT industry. He co-founded the Expert Software Consultants Ltd., New Delhi iandKriti Labs in Chennai.  An Electronics Engineering  graduate of IIT Khargpur and a Software Engineering PhD from BITs Pilani, Dr.Rajaram brings to the social problems he addresses an innovative technological approach for effective solutions.

Mrs. Maya Sinha, Member

B.A. (Hons) Economics, M.A. Economics.

Belongs to the 1981 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS: IT). Of these, about 22 years were spent in the Income Tax Department at various levels, from Assistant Commissioner, to the Commissioner of Income Tax. She served as Deputy Chairperson, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the country’s No.1 Container Port. As member of the Board of Trustees, she has gained administrative and general managerial abilities, including people management and financial management. Ms. Sinha has also served as the Commissioner of the Khadi& Village Industries Commission (KVIC), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.

Currently Executive Director, CORE-Edutech, Mumbai