Advisory Council

Shri.AlphonsKannanthanam , IAS (Retd)

  • Was one of the toppers of the IAS, 1979 batch.
  • 1979-1981: IAS Academy- Training.
  • 1981-1983: Sub Collector, Devicolam.
  • 1983-1985: Deputy Secretary, Education, Kerala.
  • 1985-1988: Managing Director, Kerala Milk Federation.
  • 1988-1991: District Collector, Kottayam.
  • Pioneered the literacy movement in India, by making Kottayam Town the first 100% literate town in India in 1989, as District Collector. Kottayam District achieved a quality health index better than the United States of America, when he was the District Collector.Built a cancer centre at Kottayam Medical College, with contribution from 8.2 million people.
  • Set up JANSHAKTHI, an NGO, in 1994, to get the citizens to believe in their ability to make government accountable to people. It has over 265 branches in Kerala. Worked for a year in Janshakthi's slum project in Delhi after finishing tenure as Commissioner, DDA.
  • Was in TIME MAGAZINES'S list of 100 young global leaders in 1994 ( cover story-5th Dec, 1994).
  • 1992-2000: Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority.
  • Demolished 14,310 illegal buildings in Delhi , and reclaimed land worth Rs. 10,000 crores, as Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority.
  • Times Of India survey showed that 89.6% Delhiites supported his action, the highest rating for any public official any time
  • Authored the best selling book titled "Making A Difference", published by Penguin India, in 1996. The Malayalam translation,"IndiaMattathinteMuzhakam" , published by DC Books, is it's 12th edition.
  • Is an inspirational orator; was the best inter university debater in India for three years, while in the University.
  • 2001: Transport Commissioner, Kerala.
  • 2001: Secretary Higher Education and Commissioner for Entrance Examinations.
  • Was instrumental in sanctioning self financing professional colleges in Kerala, in 2001, when he was the Secretary, Higher Education, leading to an investment of Rs. 4,000 crores in this sector. The initiative has created over 1,00,000 seats in professional colleges. Declared the results of the entrance examinations to professional colleges in seven days, when he was the Commissioner for entrance examinations, Kerala
  • 2001-2005: Land Use Commissioner.
  • 2005-2006: Land Revenue Commissioner.
  • 2006: Joined Politics
  • Won T.RAMARAO award from Kottayam Public Library in 2008, for making the most outstanding contribution to the development of Kottayam
  • Resigned from the IAS and got elected as independent MLA from Kanjirappally on 32nd day with a huge majority.Has won the best MLA award in Kerala in 2009.

T.P. Sreenivasan , IFS (Retd)

T.P. Sreenivasan is a former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia (2000-2004), T.P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years. His previous postings were as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington, (1997-2000) High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Nairobi, (1995-1997) Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York. (1992-1995) and Ambassador to Fiji and 8 other South Pacific Island States (1986-1989). He has also served in New Delhi, Tokyo, Thimphu, New York and Yangon. He rose to the highest level in the Indian Foreign Service in 2001 and retired in 2004.

Mr. Sreenivasan has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Nonaligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences. Mr. Sreenivasan has a creditable academic record, having stood first in the University of Kerala in B.A. (English) and M.A. (English). He has won several distinctions during his student days. He speaks Japanese and Russian.

Mr. Sreenivasan was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India from 2009 to 2012. He is presently the Director General, Kerala International Centre and an Adviser to 'Asianet' and produces a weekly TV programme on international issues entitled 'VidesaVicharam'. He also contributes articles regularly to Indian and foreign publications, such as the "Asia Wall Street Journal", New York Times (India Ink), the Hindu, the Times of India, Rediff.com, Malayalamanorama and Mathrubhumi. He is a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the Central University of Kerala. Kasaragod. He was the Executive Director of'IAEA 2020', a project launched by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Kerala State Higher Education Council from 2011-16.

Mr. Sreenivasan was a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington in 2009. He is the author of four books: 'Words, Words, Words—Adventures in Diplomacy', 'Encounters' 'Mattering to India-the ShashiTharoor Campaign' and 'Applied Diplomacy Through the Prism of Mythology'.Mr.Sreenivasan is presently Director of the NSS Academy of Civil Services and Director General of the Kerala International Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Shri.Salim Gangadharan

Shri.Salim Gangadharan served as Regional Director of Kerala and Lakshadweep at Reserve Bank of India from April 2012 until October 2013. Shri.Salim Gangadharan has been working with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for over 30 years. In his career in Reserve Bank of India,Shri. Salim Gangadharan has worked in various Operational Departments, particularly in bank supervision and financial markets. He served as Chief General Manager of Reserve Bank of India. He has been the Non-Executive Chairman of The South Indian Bank Ltd. since November 2016 and its Independent Director since January 16, 2014. Shri.Gangadharan served as a Director at Central Bank of India from July 30, 2010 to March 13, 2014. He was also a Member Faculty in the Bankers' Training College of the Reserve Bank of India, for five years and handled several seminars and conferences on Risk Management, Payment Systems and Treasury Management etc. He was also on secondment to the Central Bank of Oman for five years. He was associated with the IMF Team to assess the need for convergence in supervisory practices across the GCC countries, as part of the proposed MonetaryUnion. He was part of several internal Working groups in Reserve Bank / Government of India. He served as a Director of Syndicate Bank Ltd. from August 30, 2006 to February 27, 2007. He has also presented papers in several seminars, including at the Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England.

MGA Ramen , IPS

Shri.MGA Ramen joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. His service in Kerala spreads almost over to all districts. He had a very distinguished service, marked with memorable instances throughout. Maximum extent of skill and earnestness was his motto, which attracted the appreciation of all. He was decorated with the President's Police Medal for Meritorious service in 1993 and for Police Medal for distinguished services in 2003.He is Patron of the Kerala Vigilance Study Circle,Trustee of Chinmaya International Foundation,Chief Liaisoning Adviser to Indus Towers Ltd, Kochi.Adviser to Share and Care Charitable Trust, Thodupuzha.

K.P. Balachandran , (Rtd. Judge High Court of Kerala)

Born at Haripad on 01-06-1947.Became Munsiff on 14-06-1979 and worked as such at Hosdurg, Kayamkulam, Varkala, Ernakulam and Perumbavoor. Promoted as Sub Judge on 15-11-1984 and worked as such at Parur and Ernakulam. On 1st June 1989 promoted as District Judge and worked as Addl. District Judge at Kottayam, Trivandrum and Kollam.Worked as Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Trichur from 1997 to 1999 and Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge Trivandrum from 1999 to 2000. While working as Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge both at Thrissur and Trivandrum, functioned as Sabarimala Special Commissioner also. Thereafter, worked as District Judge, Manjeri in 2000 and Co-operative Tribunal in 2001-02 and as District Judge, Thodupuzha from 2002 to 2004.Appointed as Permanent Judge, High Court of Kerala on 28-10-2004.

Bobby Abraham Mathew , FCA,FRM,CIM

Bobby Abraham Mathew graduated from University of Kerala majoring in Accounting and thereafter secured a Master Degree in Finance from the same University. He pursued his professional accreditation with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is now a Fellow Member on practice since the year 1996. He further secured the prestigious Financial Risk Manager Certification of the Global Association of Risk Professionals the only globally recognized institution for Professional Financial Risk Managers. He has also specialized on portfolio and securities management globally and is a Chartered Investment Management title holder of Canadian Securities Institute the regulatory agency of Securities Activities in Canada. Has attended higher executive program on Mergers and Acquisition of the Harvard University.

He commenced his professional career with Australia New Zealand Grindlays Bank (Now Standard Chartered India) and thereafter moved to Kuwait with an assignment in the Investment Management Industry in the year 1997 as a Financial Analyst. The subsequent five years of his tenure within global investment management industry has given him wide in depth and varied exposure to global cross border direct and indirect investments across USA, Europe, Far East and Greater China. He has also been ardent follower of Indian Capital Markets.

In the year 2004 he was identified by a high level committee of The Government of Kuwait under Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to head the consultancy activities of its subsidiary Kuwait Consultancy and Investments Company as Principal Economic Consultant. He had spear headed the consultancy of many mega projects of the Government of Kuwait during his tenure such as the multibillion Failaka Island project, Boubyan Port Project and over three dozens of BOT and Kuwait Government Funded Projects in Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt and other Arab countries.

Since the year 2007 he has been associated with Musaad Al Saleh group a prominent conglomerate having diversified economic interest across various industry sectors such as real estate, education, healthcare, technology, banking and industrial production companies in USA and Kuwait having proprietary funds under management of AUM US $1.8 Billion. He also represents the Board of Directors of Musaad Al Saleh Group as an independent director. He is an accredited Risk Manager of the Capital Markets Authority of Kuwait.

In the year 2010 he was nominated to the Board of Trustees as an Honorary member of the oldest Indian School in Kuwait namely the Indian Community School a nonprofit entity supervised by the Embassy of India in Kuwait. He had headed several committees including finance and thereafter Academic committees. He has turned around the Academic performance of the school by 180 degree by convincing and presenting to the Board of Trustees on the economy and efficiency of merging senior classes across four schools to one single location and converted the branch into a Junior College with wide scale infrastructure enhancement without any increase in fee structure. This has resulted in the schools performance to sky rocket with focused and concentrated efforts on senior students. Since the merger in 2012 the school has outperformed all other 20 private sector for profit Indian Schools operating in Kuwait and has secured several awards from the CBSE Gulf Council. He has also introduced several disruptive initiatives including rating and grading the teachers based on written test through Singapore based test providers and through several other performance benchmarks. Inducted new principals sourced from India's finest educations institutions.

In the year 2014 he was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees as the Honorary Vice Chairman of the school the youngest member to become the Vice Chairman in the schools 57 year old history. He has also performed his role as an Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the year 2014-15 lead managing the Board of Trustees functions that comprise of 19 member boards of prominent Indians and Businessmen in Kuwait.

He is an active and prominent member of the Indian Community in Kuwait.

K. C. Chandrahasan

Sri. K. C. Chandrahasan is Managing Director, Kerala Travels Interserve. He became the Managing Director of Kerala Travels in 1976. In 1997, he formed Kerala Travels Interserve. The Interserve network then expanded to include similar representations in 40 countries. Kerala Travels Interserve was the first travel house in South India to win the National Award for Excellence in tourism in 1999. Served as its Managing Director till September 2016. Vice President​ KERALA TRAVELS INTERSERVE(2002-2012)​. PRESIDENT TAAI- KERALA CHAPTER(2002-03).Chairman , Kerala, Air Passenger Association of India ( from 25 February 2017​). President Trivandrum Khadi Sarvodaya Sangh. Project Coordinator Mission 21 C. Cornerstone Member Rotary Institute of Children in need of special care. Advisory Committee Member, Trivandrum Airport. Advisory Committee member ASAP. CHAIRMAN -INTERSERVE LTD (200​4​-2011).

Was also the visionary and the driver behind three of the path breaking tourism projects in Kerala viz 'The Thekkady Tiger Trail' in which 21 poachers were rehabilitated and trained into forest guides thereby ensuring sustainability both for them and the forest. This project won the National award of the Govt. of India and also selected as one of the twenty Best Practice Papers in the World.

Another award winner was the 'World of Wings', which was an ornithological journey through the nature and life of Kerala. The biggest and the most applauded project had been the 'Lullaby at Varkala' in which the 164 anganwadis spread across 81 sq kilometers were transformed to be used as the social reform points. The students and the parents of these pre schools were the direct beneficiaries of the touristic activities.

KCC had his stints in the fine arts side as well. Has authored seven Malayalam plays, was the hero in the award winning Malayalam film "Mini" made by the noted actor Madhu. The same had won the prestigious award in Tokyo and Malmo film festivals of 1993.He has written and directed two Malayalam films " Pratheeksha " and "John Paul Vaathil Thurakkunnu".He is also a noted stage show producer/ director. Three of the prestigious KTMs were opened with his shows. The show directed by him for Art Of Living which featured 162 Kathakali artistes live on stage won for him the entry into The Guinness book of world Records".He has travelled all through the world including the Arctic and Antarctic from where he has Polar Bears and Penguins also as his friends.Currently engaged in yet another disruptive initiative which will make the public and large, the real players of the tourism industry. Plan to launch the same in Kerala in late 2018.

Dr. Thomas Joseph Thoomkuzhy Ph.D

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D in Personnel Management – 1995 — Kerala University
  • M.Com in Financial Management – 1986 — Kerala University
  • B.Com in Cost Accounting – 1984 – Kerala University

 

Professional / Technical

  • LL.B in Taxation Laws – 1989 – Kerala University
  • Office Automation Course – 2002 –HRD MINISTRY
  • Tally Accounting Package – 2004 -Tally Academy

Experience

21 years at CTS/GIFT in the field of academic
and research, out of which 10 years completed in the Post of Associate Professor.

Teaching Experiences

  • Research Guide (1998-99 onwards) in the Faculty of Commerce, M.G. University, Kottayam
  • Lecturer in Commerce, Department of Commerce, St. George College, Aruvithura, M.G. University, Kottayam (1989-90)
  • Lecturer in Commerce, Department of Commerce, St. Xavier’s College, Thumpa, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram. (1988)
  • Teaching Experiences at Post Graduate Level at the Dept. of Commerce, University of Kerala as Research scholar (1990-95)

A. Positions held

  • Associate Professor, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, Government of Kerala
  • State Public Information Officer under RTI Act
  • Nodal officer, Decentralisation Analysis Cell (DAC), KLGSDP, Government of Kerala
  • Research Supervisor Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala; Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli , Tamil Nadu (Research Supervision)
  • Guest Faculty for different Institutions/Universities/Colleges/Academic Staff Colleges in specialized subjects. (Academic outreach programmes)

B. General Administrative Works

  • File maintenance, Note submission, Draft reply for all general correspondences
  • All procurement activities, viz. preparation quotation notice, finalization of tenders/quotations, supply and purchase orders, bill verification and payment recommendation
  • Laison work with chairman, Taxes Department, Commercial Taxes Department, Secretariat and all other related agencies.
  • Attending meeting on delegation
  • Asset/Inventory/stationery management
  • Preparation of Agenda and draft minutes of Governing Body/Executive Committee of GIFT
  • Providing information under RTI Act in the capacity State Public Information Officer
  • Liaison work of workshops/ seminars and budget consultations
  • Monitoring of purchase of library books and journals
  • Recruitment Assistance of contract/project staff
  • Accounts and Audit – monitoring of Accounts, Internal Audit, Statutory Audit, AG Audit and reply / clarification to audit queries.
  • Preparation of reply for LA Interpellations
  • Any other administrative works assigned by Director and Registrar

C. Construction related Administrative works

  • Regular interaction with Project Execution Agency (BSNL) – Monitoring of preliminary estimates, detailed estimates plan and design, tendering process, award of works, site visit, material approval, joint/co-ordination meeting with Project Execution Agency, contractors etc.
  • Fund management such as monitoring of grant-in-aids from government of India, Government of Kerala, providing fund utilization statements, Preparation of proposal for availing balance grants and detailed proposal for additional fund requirements, short-term deposit of funds etc.
  • Bill verification and payment recommendation after scrutiny by Internal Auditor and after obtaining clarification for audit observations from Project Execution Agency.
  • Assistance for convening meetings of Project Monitoring Committees such as National Level Project Monitoring Committee (NLPMC), State Level Project Monitoring Committee(SLPMC) and Technical Committee – Preparation of Agenda Notes, Draft minutes, construction status reports.
  • Laison works with concerned Depts. to avail permits, sanctions, NOC etc required for the completion of construction works

Membership/ Associate ship

  • Member, Tax Monitoring Cell, constituted by the Government of Kerala
  • Project Team Member in the Implementation Committee on Computerisation of Commercial Taxes Department.
  • Project Team Member in Government of India Project on Uniform Commodity Nomenclature, Classification and Coding (UCNCC).
  • Member in Cochin Refineries Ltd. Project on “Taxing of Petroleum Products in the context of Dismantling Administrative Pricing Mechanism “
  • Participated and presented paper on UCNCC in Empowered Committee meeting of State Finance Ministers at New Delhi.
  • Project Team Member in VAT implementation committee Constituted by the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes.
  • Project Co-ordinator of ID card project announced by the Government of Kerala.
  • Project Co-ordinator of VAT Accounting Software.
  • Faculty in charge of up-gradation of Centre for Taxation Studies(CTS) into Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation(GIFT) (setting up of new campus of GIFT at Sreekariyam) – Assisting all project monitoring committees
  • Faculty in charge of Accounts and Administration, GIFT
  • Nodal officer Decentralisation Analysis Cell (DAC) KLGSDP, Government of Kerala