"TCT works for gender justice and equity. I am happy to see the women of TCT change in educating their daughters and extending their age at marriage to 21."
Mr. R. Sampath is a Founder-Trustee of the Thirumalai Charity Trust. He is the Chairman of Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd. Educated as a Chemical Engineer in the U.S. he has worked in prominent Chemical and Personal Care companies in the U.S. and in India. In the early 1970's, he moved to Ranipet to set up a Business to manufacture Soaps and Detergents. He is among the early pioneers who initiated the industrialization of this area, then a notified backward area of Tamil Nadu. He is well respected for his advice and support for other companies and industrialists during occasions of crises. He is also a Founder-Trustee of the AkshayaVidya Trust that manages the VedavalliVidyalaya schools, in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Bhooma Parthasarathy
"Ordinary people can do extraordinary things" - Our programmes are a manifestation of this belief. We have mobilized thousands of village women volunteers in grassroots functions to empower the communities.
Dr. Bhooma Parthasarathy has a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Social Work.
She is the Director of the Thirumalai Charity Trust. She has been primarily responsible for setting up and managing the rural programmes of the Trust since 1983. She along with her friends and family set up the Thirumalai Mission Hospital as a unique model hospital for primary and secondary healthcare.
She was instrumental in setting up the three Vedavalli Vidyalaya Schools since 1994, which she helps manage till date. These schools have over 2600 children.
She has been associated with several voluntary groups and associations. She is a recipient of several awards for her service to poor communities and rural women.
Mr. S. Santhanam
Mr. S. Santhanam has been in the business of trading and manufacturing chemicals all through his career. He is a former Managing Director of Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd. and Director of Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd.
He has been actively involved in various social development projects. He is a committed member of the International Humanist Movement and believes in voluntary action to bring about social change. Being an ardent supporter of neighbourhood promotion, he was responsible for mobilizing the community at Wadala, Mumbai for greening the neighbourhood. He is the President of the Managing Committee of South Indian Welfare Society that manages a High School, N.R.Swamy College of Commerce and Thirumalai College of Science. He is a diploma holder in printing Technology. He is a Founder - Trustee of Thirumalai Charity Trust.
Dr. Shanthi Ranganathan
"I believe if women are helped, families and communities benefit a great deal. I see this happening in TCT."
Dr. ShanthiRanganathan has a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Social Work.
She is the Founder-Secretary and formerDirector of the TTK Hospital at Chennai that provides comprehensive treatment to alcoholics and drug addicts. She has done pioneering work in this field for the past 3 decades. Her contribution to popularizing the concept that 'alcoholism is a treatable disease' is highly respected and now widely used elsewhere. Over 30,000 families have directly benefited from her services. Her sympathy for rural alcoholics and empathy for their families prompted her to set up community based de-addiction programmes which now provide an alternative model for treatment in remote areas.
An international authority on de-addiction and counseling, she offers her advice and consultancy services to several Indian and several international bodies. In the early stages of her career, she popularized voluntary blood donation in Madras and helped set up the Madras Voluntary Blood Bank, in the mid seventies.
She is currently very active in Swami Dayananda Higher Secondary School, at Manjakudi, Thiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu. She is transforming the village in many programmes through the school. She is the Secretary and Correspondent of the School and Padma Narasimhan Industrial Training institute.
She is associated with several voluntary organizations and educational institutions. She has received the prestigious 'Padma Sri' from the Government of India. She is the first Recipient of the U.N. Award for her outstanding work in rehabilitating addicts. The Tamilnadu Government has honoured her with the 'Avvaiyar award'.
Ms. Vidya Sampath
"Ms. Vidya is an artist and graphic designer. She did her B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She also completed a diploma course in Graphic Design at Penta Media Graphics. After ten years of working as an arist and graphic designer, she pursued her passion to become a teacher and teacher educator. She obtained a Diploma in Teacher Training from the Cambridge University. She is currently the Dean and Director of the three ‘VedavalliVidyalaya’ schools in Ranipet-Walajapet and is also the Secretary of the ‘The Akshaya Vidya Trust’ that manages them. She manages these institutions with a focus on child centred education and has spearheaded many new initiatives to make learning easy, exciting and meaningful in the last few years. She has also conducted teacher training diploma courses for young graduates to prepare them to teach in schools in the locality. She has introduced the rarely pursued subjects such as Sociology, Geography, Home Science and Fashion Studies for the plus two course in the school to give children a wider exposure. There are 2300 students, 150 teaching and 75 admin and support staff in these institutions. The schools have a reputation in the locality for their teaching methods and holistic development of students.
Dr. Arjun Rajagopalan
"As the culture of 'A pill for every ill' is entrenched, unnecessary tests and scans are prescribed without regard to tenets of evidence based medicine. TCT has chosen to practice medicine the way it has to be done. I want to encourage young doctors to practice in an ethical manner."
Dr. Arjun Rajagopalan is currently a Trustee and Advisor, and formerly the Medical Director and Head, Department of Surgery at Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai - a 180 bedded, full facility, postgraduate training hospital funded by the Sundaram Finance Group of companies. He has been associated with the institution since its inception in 1994. SMF is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, post- graduate teaching institution that aims to fulfill a three-fold goal: quality care that is cost-conscious and focused on the secondary care needs of the community.
A graduate of the Madras Medical College and the Best Outgoing Student for the year 1974, he obtained his subsequent surgical training at the Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago, USA (1975 - 1981). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
A passionate believer in Evidence-based Medicine, he has spent over three decades in training and mentoring a large group of young medical professionals in the practice of high quality, ethical Medicine.
He is committed to the Cause of ethical practice of medicine and is an ardent supporter of several groups in advocating this cause.
Post retirement from active medical practice, he is currently engaged in writing blogs and a newsletter titled 'Thinking-Teaching -Talking' ( https://iomedica.org/.)
Mr. R. Parthasarathy
"I have learnt a lot about organization change and HR development processes from TCT. TCT's evolution has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for me."
R. Parthasarathy is a Chemical Engineer educated at the IIT and the US.
He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Thirumalai Chemicals Limited.
He has been actively involved in many community organizations and associations including the Indian Chemical Council (as President); the SIPCOT Industries Association (as President) and is widely known for his activism in Industry issues.
He was actively involved in setting up the Thirumalai Mission Hospital and is engaged in its growth and development.
He is a founder and is the Managing Trustee of The AkshayaVidya Trust that manages VedavalliVidyalaya Schools in Vellore District, Tamil Nadu. MrParthasarathy is a Trustee of the WORTH Trust that is involved in the all-round rehabilitation of the differently abled people. He is deeply involved in both organizations.
Dr. D. K. Sriram
"Providing high quality health care for all requires enormous support from the Government and NGOs. Thirumalai Charity Trust is at the forefront of this noble endeavour. With a robust rural outreach programme and an ever improving base hospital, the Doctors, Nursing staff and administrators of the hospital are continually striving for clinical excellence."
Dr. D. K. Sriram is the Medical Director and Head, Department of Diabetology at Hindu Mission Hospital - A state of the art 220 bed, Multi-specialty Tertiary care hospital. He is also a Consultant Diabetologist at Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai.
After attaining his Bachelors degree in Medicine, Dr. D. K. Sriram trained and worked in the US & UK for over 17 years. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians UK (MRCP UK) and also has an MRCP in Endocrinology & Diabetesas well as a Masters degree in Diabetes from Warwick University UK.
Dr. D. K. Sriram is passionate about enhancing health awareness amongst the people and regularly makes presentations across the country towards this end. In addition, he is a keen proponent of implementing current international guidelines so that patients benefit from the best quality of medical care.
Mr. S. Sridhar
Mr. S. Sridhar is a Chartered Accountant and is the former CMD of Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd. and aformer Director of Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd.
He has extensive experience in financial management and marketing of industrial products.
Mr. Sridhar is a member of the Managing Committee of the South Indian Welfare Society in Mumbai which manages the S.I.W.S. School, Thirumalai College of Science and N.R. Swamy College of Commerce. These institutions are over 60 years old, and have nearly 14,000 students currently. He is also a regular writer in national newspapers on business and public interest topics.
Mr. T. T. Srinath Ph.d.
"At TCT meetings, I experience openness, willingness to listen and sharing in respectful fashion. Everybody's point of view is sought and appreciated and no value judgments are made. Each of the presenters speaks with authority and backed by substance. It is an honour to be a member of such a Trust."
Dr. T.T. Srinath is a qualified sensitivity trainer, qualified with the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science, the Indian arm of NTL, USA. Besides a Post-Graduate degree in organisational behaviour from one of India's most well known institutes for human resource management, namely Xavier Labour Relations Institute, and a Ph.D. in 'Behaviour of the Small-Scale Entrepreneur', from a leading university namely the Anna University, Chennai, India. He is a Certificate holder in Sociodrama & Action Methods, issued by MPV / SAM Sociodrama & Action Methods Training and accredited by the British Psychodrama Association. He is a student of 'Psychodrama', having trained extensively with members of the British Psychodrama Association and supervised by Psychodrama Director Dr.Jochen Becker-Ebel an associate of Moreno Institut Edenkoben, Germany. (He is also a stage actor, working with the oldest English Theatre company in India, the 'Madras Players', Chennai); a student of Gestalt, trained by the Northern Rivers Institute of Gestalt, Australia; an accredited Master Coach, accredited by Dr.Suzzane Skiffington from Australia and a serious participant in the Tavistock Model of Group Facilitation.
Mr. K. Thirumalai
"TCT taught me about people's participation and development processes. I am proud to be part of TCT".
Mr. K. Thirumalai is a Chemical Engineer from Annamalai University. In his working career of over 40 years he has held important management positions in several large companies. His expertise is in Project Management and manufacturing. He retired from Industry in 2004 to pursue his interests in Community development. He has been an Advisor to TCL Group of Companies, and an active social worker.
As an old student of Ramakrishna Mission Students Home, Mylapore, Chennai, he has always wanted to serve the School, and he has helped the School in many ways including a novel water recycling plant. For the past six years, he has been a member of the Managing Committee of the Ramakrishna Boys' Home, and serves in honorary roles in various activities of the Home.
Through his Family Foundation he is now organizing several health, education and cultural activities at Sundararajanpatti near Madurai.
On behalf of TCT, Mr. Thirumalai set up drinking water systems based on sea water desalination, at 6 locations in the Tsunami affected Nagai District and managed the Plants, working with the fishing communities and District Administration of Nagai to provide clean drinking water.
He has set up 4 more such units near Chennai in water starved communities. Mr. Thirumalai is well known for his habit of personally helping anyone who approaches him in need.
"Mr R Santhanam did his graduate and P.G.courses in Chemistry from Presidency College Madras. He also obtained Masters in Public Administration and Economics from Madras University and MBA from the University of Hull in UK. He belongs to the 1972 batch of the IAS and was allotted to Tamil Nadu cadre. He has held several important positions in the State such as Collector of composite Ramnad district, Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Chairman and Managing Director of Tamilnadu Civil Supplies Corporation, Secretary to Government in the Departments of Transport, Religious Endowments, Commercial Taxes, Food and Cooperation, Planning and Development and Finance. He served as Secretary to three Governors and worked as Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat as well. He was the State Relief Commissioner when the State faced the worst drought in 2002-03, the worst floods in 2005 and the unprecedented tsunami in 2004. The measures taken by the State under his supervision were acclaimed by the national and international media. As Vice-Chairman, CMDA, Mr Santhanam played a key role in the finalisation of the Second Master Plan for Chennai city after extensive consultations with the public. He took voluntary retirement from the IAS when he was appointed by the Government of India as Member of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Hyderabad and served in that capacity for five years.
After his retirement from CAT, Mr Santhanam has been engaging himself in voluntary work. He is one of the Trustees of the Consumer Association of India, a non profit organisation working for consumer welfare, CONCERT, an organisation involved in consumer education and training and WORTH Trust, an organisation working for the welfare of the differently-abled persons. He is also the Honorary Director of the Chair on Consumer Law and Jurisprudence in the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.
Ms. Tara Parthasarathy B.Tech., M.S.
"I think TCT has had immense impact on the people and practices here, especially on the role of women in decision making in the family and other social institutions. I am honored to be a part of it now, and look forward to working with the trust for the benefit of our community here."
Tara Parthasarathy serves as a Joint Managing Director at Ultramarine and Pigments limited, which manufactures inorganic pigments and surfactants. She has a Master's in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a B.Tech from Anna University. Prior to joining UPL, she worked at the World Resources Institute to develop the Green Power Market Development Group, a platform designed to help large industrial and commercial companies invest in and procure renewable energy. She has also worked for the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation in Delhi, where she managed the Buildings Efficiency and Appliance Efficiency portfolios. She is interested in gender justice and sustainable development.
Mr. C. Antony Samy
"It is heartening to see disabled people help themselves and access Government schemes. I am glad TCT is enabling this process."
Mr. C. Antony Samy has devoted his life to the education, training, and employment of persons with disabilities, and enable them to achieve dignity and independence. He retired as a Trustee and Managing Director of WORTH Trust, which he was instrumental in building.
An engineer, his early exposure to those disabled and cast out of their communities by Leprosy, prompted him to do pioneering work for the cause of the disabled in the country.
Under the guidance of the Swedish Red Cross and later WORTH Board, he was instrumental in organizing rehabilitation programmes for leprosy affected persons and persons with other disabilities in the early 60's & 70's. In the next 2 decades, With the eradication of leprosy, WORTH extended its rehab services to children with Orthopaedic disability.
He set up three technical training centres, two transitional schools for disabled children, and a number of production workshops and factories making plastic products, brailler machines, auto components, wheelchairs, tricycles and other mobility aids. The WORTH Trust is now well established in Pondicherry, Trichy, Katpadi, Chinglepet and Chennai with over 600 disabled persons as students, trainees and workers. Many thousands of persons with disability have been educated, trained by the WORTH and placed in regular employment, in leading companies of South India.
Mr. Antony Samy's pioneering work for disabled people has been widely recognized nationally and internationally. He also served as a Consultant and Resource person to many national and international organizations working on disability issues. He has also served as Chief Technical Advisor for six years for the UNDP-ILO project in Kenya for five years and for short terms in Indonesia, Sudan, Vietnam, Mongolia etc. He is a Charter Trustee of National Society for Equal Opportunity of Handicapped, Mumbai. He is a Trustee of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for disabled people. He served as an Executive Committee Member, Asia Pacific Network of Work Centre for Disabled Persons. He has also served as a Board Member Workability International. He was involved with TCT as a trustee for nearly two decades and helped TCT conceive and enable the programme for the welfare of differently abled people.
Mr. D. K. Srinivasan
"We try to make a difference in as many ways possible to those in dire in need. I am happy to see the ripple effect on the community as a whole."
Mr. D.K. Srinivasan is the Secretary of the Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram, on the outskirts of Chennai. Since his young days, he has been passionate about public service and he has been associated with several voluntary organisations in Chennai. He gave up his lucrative business to focus all his energies to build up and nurture the Hindu Mission Hospital to its current size with 220 beds. The hospital offers much affordable caring service even in cardiac sugery and haemo dialysis. He is highly regarded for his extensive services to a large number of communities in Chennai and the neighbouring districts. The extension services from the hospital to the rural areas include school health, eye care, gynaecological and paediatric care programmes. He is the Correspondent and Secretary of the three Valluvar Gurukulam Schools for children from underprivileged backgrounds in Tambaram. These schools have over 3,000 children. He is much active in cultural and religious activities besides his social service. He is a recipient of the prestigious 'Padma Sri' and several awards in recognition of his outstanding work. He was associated with TCT as a trustee for nearly two decades and has helped TCT evolve and develop the Thirumalai Mission Hospital.