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Dr. Thirumalachari Ramasami
Dr. Ramasami at the 100th Indian Science Congress, Kolkata.
Indian Science & Technology Secretary
In office
May 2006 – 5 May 2014
Personal details
BornApril 15, 1948
AwardsPadma Shri 2001
Padma Bhushan 2014

Thirumalachari Ramasami is a former Indian Science and Technology Secretary. He assumed charge in May 2006. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Director of the Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India. He is a distinguished researcher and leather scientist.[1] He was awarded India's National Civilian Honour the Padma Shri for excellence in Science and Engineering in 2001[2] and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.[3] He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award,[4] the highest award for science in India, for notable and outstanding research in Chemical Sciences in 1993.


He graduated in Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) from G.S. Hindu High School, Srivilliputtur in 1963,[citation needed] Pre-University from St.Joseph's College, Trichy in 1964,[citation needed] Bachelor and Master of Technology in Leather Technology from the University of Madras in 1969 and 1972, respectively with first rank and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Leeds,[5] England in January 1976.



He carried out post-doctoral research in energy at the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University USA during 1978–80[4] and on electron transport phenomena at Wayne State University, Detroit, USA[4] during 1981–83. He was a visiting Fellow at University of Newcastle upon Tyne during 1983–84.[citation needed]

He holds 37 patents of which 12 have been commercialised. He has authored more than 220 research publications, eight chapters in books, and numerous general articles.

Director of CLRI

He came back to India in 1984 and joined as an assistant Director of the Central Leather Research Institute, the world's largest leather research institute.(He said in an interview to RSTV (programme name is "Eureka") that one's achievements should be socially recognised and this can be well achieved on your motherland.) As Director of CLRI, he prepared a vision document for CLRI – CLRI Vision 2005, directed the Leather Technology Mission with 170 projects in 17 states of India,[citation needed] reengineering CLRI, new models for development and measures for collective decision making. Led CLRI in providing cleaner tanning technology options for a group of 764 tanneries in a record time of 12 months.[citation needed] Led the Indian initiative in forecasting colours for Modeurop[6] Congress gaining India, a niche status in the fashion world. India is now preparing the shade card for the world. [citation needed] Galvanized and led CLRI in a growth path since 1996 in the capacity as Director. Prepared a vision, mission and action document for leading the growth of CLRI and gaining for India global leadership in leather by way of original publications, IPR generation and technologies delivered. He helped CLRI register a meaningful outcome on Indian Leather Sector during 1996–2004. Dramatic increases in outputs of CLRI have been registered during the Directorship since 1996.[4]

Department of Science and Technology

The Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Dr. T. Ramasami addressing a Symposium on “Changing India” on the occasion of Technology Day Function 2011, in New Delhi on 11 May 2011

Ramasami assumed the role of Secretary, Science & Technology in the Government of India since May 2006.[4] The department has sought a fifth extension for him which something that is considered rare at his level in the central government.[7] The department of science and technology bid farewell to its secretary, Dr T Ramasami on May 5, 2014 after he superannuated at the age of 66 years. During his eight years stint at the DST, Dr Ramasami was instrumental in its budget increase that jumped several-fold and launch of many new programs. He was also holding the additional charges as the director general, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).[8]

Honours and awards

Some of the Honors, awards and recognitions that have come his way include:

Major awards

Other awards


Endowment Lecture awards


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  3. ^ "Kamala Haasan, Vidya Balan among Padma winners". The Hindu Business Line. 26 January 2014.
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  6. ^ "ModEurop". Switzerland: ModEurop. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
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  8. ^ "Dr Ramasami retires after an illustrious career".
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  11. ^ "VASVIK Industrial Research Awards, Environmental Sciences & Technology". VASVIK. 1997. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Council for Leather exports: Leather industry". CLE. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  13. ^ "VASVIK Industrial Research Awards, Chemical Sciences & Technology". VASVIK. 1997. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  14. ^ "CLRI: Products Available for Commercialization". Chennai: Central leather Research Institute. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  15. ^ "National Research Development Corporation – Leather industry". NRDC. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  16. ^ "The Great Son of the soil 2003". 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Chemical research society of India, Awards 2003". CRSI. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  18. ^ "Shri OM Prakash Bhasin Awards, Engineering". 11 May 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  19. ^ a b c INSA (2005). "Indian National Science Academy fellow". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  20. ^ "American Leather Chemists Assn: John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecturers". New Jersey: ALCA. Archived from the original on 19 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  21. ^ "In Hyderabad today". Hindu Business line. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  22. ^ "ALFA Orator award". AC Tech Leather & Footwear Alumni Association. 2003. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.