Raja Shanmugam (45), a Tirupur-based textile entrepreneur and chairman of NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion, has been nominated as Member of Cotton Advisory Board by the Union Ministry of Textiles, according to a communiqué here on Sunday.
He will serve a tenure of two years as the Board's member.
The Cotton Advisory Board is a representative body of government, growers, industry and trade that advices the Government on matters pertaining to production, consumption and marketing of cotton. The Board also provides a forum for liaison among the cotton textile mill industry, the cotton growers and the Government.
Mr Shanmugam, who is a partner of the multi-crore apparel export company ‘Warsaw International', had served as chairman of the banking Committee in Tirupur Exporters Association before taking over as NIFT-TEA Institute chairman.
Earlier in his career, he narrowly missed the chance of becoming a bureaucrat as he had twice cleared the preliminary and main papers of the Civil Service Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) but the aggregate marks in the personality test and main examination fell marginally short of the qualifying marks.