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Manju Bharat Ram
Born(1945-12-29)29 December 1945
Died12 December 2012(2012-12-12) (aged 66)[1]
Alma materFrank Anthony Public School(Delhi) and Institute of Home Economics
Known forPhilanthropy and setting up The Shri Ram Schools and SRF Vidyalaya
SpouseArun Bharat Ram
ChildrenAshish Bharat Ram, Kartik Bharat Ram and Vasavi Bharat Ram
Awards'Priyadarshini Award 1989', Karamveer Puraskar, 'Padma Shri Award 2013'

Manju Bharat Ram (29 December 1945 – 12 December 2012[1]) was an Indian educationist, who was the founder, chairperson of the managing committee and member of the board of trustees of The Shri Ram Schools, New Delhi; ranked as India's No. 1 day school by Education World’s Schools survey in 2008,[2] 2009[3] and 2011.[4]

She was the wife of Arun Bharat Ram, a well-known businessman and currently the chairman of SRF Limited. Hailing from a middle-class family, her father, M.P. Gupta is an entrepreneur while it was after her mother Usha Gupta that the now famous FMCG brand Usha was named.

Actively involved in a host of philanthropic activities in the fields of education, she had, through The Shri Ram Schools, laid great emphasis on inclusiveness by keeping 10 per cent of seats for children with special needs. She had also ensured that there were specialised teachers employed to help these children overcome their handicaps and that later on the children were subsequently main streamed in regular classes. The school collaborates with many international corresponding schools from Singapore; the United States; the U.K; China; Germany and France to learn the best practices followed internationally. She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2013.[5]


She was the Chairperson – SRF Vidyalaya, Manali, Chennai and was instrumental in setting up this school to serve the villages around Manali and Tiruvallur. Since 1991, the school has dedicated itself to delivering quality education to children aged 3 to 14.

She had served as the trustee and honorary general secretary of the Blind Relief Association since 1968. It has a school for 300 visually challenged boys, a technical training centre, a Post-Graduate Teacher Training Institute for the Blind, computer centre, and a sheltered workshop.

As the chairperson of the Indian Blind Sports Association till 2002, she helped to organise sports events annually for the visually challenged on a national scale. Apart from that she had been affiliated to the International Blind Sports Association and recognised by the Olympic Association of India and affiliated to Para-Olympic Committee of India.

Mrs. Manju Bharat Ram was also the president of the managing committee of the J.P.M. School for the Blind, Delhi until 2011.

In 1998 she became a member of the board of governors – Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; a premier organisation in India administering over 843 Schools known as 'Kendriya Vidyalayas' with 742,000 students and 47,000 employees on rolls.

She had also been associated with the following organisations;

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  1. ^ a b "The Shri Ram School founder Manju Bharat Ram dies". Indian Express. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ "India's Top Day Schools 2008". Education World. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "India's Top Day Schools 2009". Education World. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. ^ "EducationWorld Schools Survey 2011". Education World. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Shri Ram school for cops' kids". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Padma Shri for Manju Bharat Ram". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2013.