Muthkumaraswamy Aram Valarthanatan
Born(1927-01-14)14 January 1927
Died24 May 1997(1997-05-24) (aged 70)
TitleDr. M. Aram
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
27 August 1993 – 1997

M. Aram (1927–1997) was an educator and peace advocate from India.

Positions held

Aram was the founder and president of Shanti Ashram (located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India), a community development organization that carries out projects in several areas, including education, health, and environmental restoration.[1] He also served as the president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace International.[2]

In 1993, the President of India appointed Aram to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource, Environment and Technology.[2][3]

Peace Service

From 1964 to 1980, Aram participated in the Nagaland Peace Mission, and he helped design the Shillong Peace Accord of 1975. He was also involved in a number of other peace organizations, including the Asian Peace Council, the Delhi-Peking Peace March, the Gandhi Peace Foundation, the World Conference of Religions for Peace, and the Sarvodaya Peace Movement.[2]

Educational and other services

From 1954 to 1963, Aram was the principal of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya in Coimbatore. From 1980 to 1986, he was the vice-chancellor of Gandhigram Rural University. He was involved in programs that expanded higher education in rural areas, and he was also a proponent of Shanti Sena, a peace education program. He served as a visiting professor at North Eastern Hill University, Dibrugarh University, Gandhigram Rural University, Madras University, and Madurai Kamaraj University.[2]


To recognise Aram's peace mission work in Nagaland, North Eastern Hill University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.[2]



  1. ^ "About Us". Shanti Ashram. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Program for the Twelfth Presentation Ceremony of Niwano Peace Prize". Niwano Peace Foundation. 11 May 1995. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Dr.M.Aram: Biographical Note". Shanti Ashram. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Padma Shri Awardees". National Portal of India. Retrieved 25 March 2010.