About Mr V Ramachandran
V Ramachandran was born in Tamil Nadu on 21 March 1931. He obtained his Master's degree in Arts (MA) and Sciences (MSc) from the University of Madras before securing a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He entered the Indian Administrative Service in 1954 to start a 35-year-long Civil Service which lasted till 1989, during which time he held several positions of note in the Central and State administrations. After the initial postings, he served as a District Collector, Finance Secretary and the Chairman of public sector undertakings such as Kerala State Electricity Board, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, prior to his posting as the Chief Secretary of the state, a post he held till his retirement in 1989. In between, he also had two stints outside Kerala cadre; the first as a Joint Secretary at the Prime Minister's secretariat during the tenures of Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai from 1972 to 1978, with the responsibility of Science and Technology and Economic Affairs and the second as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Right to Development from 1980 to 1984.
Ramachandran was associated with several UN agencies which included United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, United Nations Economic and Social Council and United Nations Development Programme. He was a member of
the National Dairy Development Board and the Governing Board of Institute of Rural Management Anand
and was also part of the Central Water Commission and the second Administrative Reforms Commission of the Government of India, the last of which he chaired for a while when the Commission Chairman Veerappa Moily resigned from the post in 2009. He was a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Development Studies and Sree Uthradam Thirunal Institute of Culture and served as the President of the Regional Cancer Association, Thiruvananthapuram and as the Chairman of the Centre for Management Development, Thiruvananthapuram.