Ramalingam Parasuram, an alumnus of The Scindia School, exemplifies in his life and work the fundamental values that the institution stands for.
Awarded a merit scholarship by the Government of India, Parasuram joined the school and justified his selection not only by his performance in academics but also by the dedication and excellence he displayed through his participation in a large range of sports, cultural events and community service. His leadership quality and his exceptional ability to work with a diverse group of people were established from an early age as he was awarded the A-Level Certificate for National Cadet Corps Junior Division (Naval Wing). He was a keen debator and a member of the school dramatics team.
He did his Graduation in Electrical Engineering with distinction. Inculcated with true values of social responsibility and concerns for the drawn-trodden, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1978. He served with distinction as Collector of districts Sidhi, Satna and Bastar, before serving the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Government of India in several implementational and policy level functions in sectors as diverse as agriculture, rural development, information technology, dairy development, technical education and skills development.
Parasuram served a term as the Lester B. Pearson Fellow in public administration at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. As Minister (Agriculture) at the Indian Embassy he has represented India at the three United Nations Agencies in the Food and Agriculture sector, with headquarters in Rome.
During the last few years he has been instrumental in planning and implementing programmes in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The State has achieved the highest growth rate in the country in agricultural production during the last five years. Recognising the need for governance reforms and improving public service delivery, he is leading a pan-governmental effort of an ambitious programme for re-engineering all the social sector benefit schemes and make their delivery people-centric through the use of information technology.
Ramalingam Parasuram throughout his career has stood tall as one of the most outstanding officers of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre of the IAS. His total transparency, courage, ability to ensure successful implementation of projects and a highly distinguished reputation built consistently over a long period of time led deservedly to his appointment as the Chief Secretary and Head of Administration of the State of Madhya Pradesh on 30 April 2012. He is an example of the true definition of a public servant as he approached his duty with humility and in the spirit of service.
Today, The Scindia School acknowledges Ramalingam Parasuram as an Old Boy of Eminence for his outstanding contribution in the area of Public Administration and to the Nation by conferring upon him the Madhav Award for 2012