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Name of the Governor             : Shri M.M. Rajendran

        Date of Birth                          : 12.04.1935 (Twelfth of April Nineteen Hundred thirty five)

        Place of Birth                          : Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

        Spouse Name                           : Smt. Susheela Rajendran

        Children                          :     Son  : 2          Daughter : 1

        State of domicile                     : Tamil Nadu

        Parent’s Name                         : Father – Late Dr. Arumainayagam Moberly
                                                         Mother – Late Mrs. Rajammal Moberly

        Mother tongue                         : Tamil

        Other Language                       : English, Hindi
        which theGovernor
     can read, write and speak

        Education back ground          :  M.A. (Physics) University of Madras. Studied "Administration"
                                                      in USA for 5 months and in Asian Institute of Labour, Manila
                                                      with a fellowship awarded by the U.S. Department of Labour
                                                      and sponsored by Government of India.

                                                     Also studied "Social Development Planning" in the then U.N.
                                                     Asian Institute for Development, Bangkok and also "Urban
                                                     Development and Planning" in the U.N. Institute in Nagoya,

        Field of Work – Positions     :  Wide experience in development administration at the held
                                                      with details grass roots, having been District Collector of two
                                                      major districts for over 4 years and Secretary in the Rural
                                                      Development and Local Administration Department of the
                                                      State of Tamil Nadu.

                                                      Extensive experience in Labour and Industrial Relations as a
                                                      successful Labour Commissioner for over 3 years, Secretary in
                                                      the State Department of Labour and Employment and at the
                                                      national level as member of the Committee on Labour Welfare
                                                      and National Committee on Child Labour.

                                                      State Level Experience covers General Administration and
                                                      other important areas particularly in infrastructure, having been
                                                      Secretary of Departments of Power, Irrigation, Water Supply,
                                                      Roads, Buildings, Housing and Urban Development. Has been
                                                     Chairman and Chief Executive of two major State Government
                                                     undertakings, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and Tamil Nadu
                                                     Housing Board. Has also been part-time Chairman of Public
                                                     Sector/Joint Sector undertakings and part-time Director of
                                                     many State and Central Government undertakings.

                                                    Was appointed Chief Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu in
                                                    February, 1988, when the State was under President’s Rule and
                                                    continued as Chief Secretary under an elected Government from
                                                    January, 1989 till January, 1991. Moved to Government of India
                                                   and worked as Secretary in two Ministries including as Secretary,
                                                   Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs from where retired in 1993.

        Important contributions in :   In the Government of India, worked for 5 years Joint
         public life (with details)        Secretary in the then Ministry of Education and Social Welfare
                                                     in charge of Nutrition and Child Development and played a
                                                     major role in conceptualizing and developing the Integrated Child
                                                     Development Services (ICDS) Scheme which has won
                                                     appreciation at national level. This model for nutrition and health
                                                     care of children and mothers was later replicated in several
                                                     developing countries, while working in UNICEF Headquarters,
                                                     through the Joint WHO/UNICEF Nutrition Support Programme.
                                                     Was a member of the UNICEF Executive Board and
                                                     Vice-Chairman of its Programme Committee.

                                                    The contribution to streamlining Tamil Nadu’s Administration as
                                                    Chief Secretary during one year of President’s Rule in 19880-89
                                                    and two years under elected Government has been widely

                                                    On the invitation of UNICEF, United Nations, joined as its
                                                    Senior Adviser in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, in June,
                                                    1981, on deputation from Government basis, gave up this
                                                    lucrative job to return to Government in January, 1987 and
                                                    worked as State Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for
                                                    Administrative Reforms.

                                                    Widely travelled and participated in several international
                                                    meetings including many United Nations bodies.

        Distinctions/Honours       :    2 University Gold Medals in Madras University for
         received (with details)       standing first in the Master’s Examination.

        Publications (if any, with :    Chaired the Advisory Committee and brought
        details)                                out the Book "Profile of the Child in India", Published by
                                                    the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of India.

                                                   Paper on "Integrated Approach to Child Development"
                                                   presented at the International conference on Primary Health Care,
                                                  Alma Ata, USSR.

                                                  "Primary Health Care in India" – Integrated Child Development
                                                   Services in India" – A paper presented at the WHO/UNICEF
                                                  Workshop; and Symposium on "Innovative approaches to meet
                                                  the basic needs of the young child in developing Countries" held
                                                  in Athens. Published in Ekistics 272 September/October, 1978.

                                                  "Delivery of Special Nutrition Programme" – a paper presented at
                                                   a National Seminar on Special Nutrition for children and mothers.

                                                  "Child Welfare Services in China" – a study of Child Care in
                                                   China – Published by UNICEF – 1979.

                                                  "Rajendran Committee Report" on Sports Schemes in India,
                                                   published by Ministry of Human Resources Development,
                                                   Government of India, 1992.

        Hobbies, if any          :         Reading Books on Public Affairs, Development and Public
                                                  Administration and Photography.

        Any other information :     Involved in the activities of the India International Centre,
                                                 New Delhi, Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public
                                                Administration, New Delhi.