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Updated: September 18, 2012 11:29 IST

‘Cartman Ramaswamy’ dead

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N.S. Ramaswamy
N.S. Ramaswamy

N.S. Ramaswamy, popularly known as Cartman Ramaswamy, passed away here on Monday evening.

His son, Rajan Srinivasan, said the 87-year-old Padma Bhushan award winner, who died of problems related to advanced age, was active until three months ago. Even so, he frequently travelled around the world. “He was supposed to go to Germany this June but cancelled his trip. Over the last few months, his condition started to deteriorate slowly,” Mr. Srinivasan said.

Born in Thrissur on March 2, 1926, Prof. Ramaswamy was the founder-director of Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore.

He later started Centre for Action, Research and Technology for Man, Animal and Nature (Cartman). Known to be a crusader for the environment, he actively campaigned for animal rights.

The cremation is on Tuesday.

Where is the cow and cart? Mechanised farming has replaced manual labour in every farming activity.Result:depletion of natural resources and agri labour have started to move to urban centres as construction work is well paying and definite.Agricultural produce is at its lowest ebb and the day is not far off when we will be importing rice from Us,thailand,Korea,vietnam etc.Scientists are never respected in India let alone the likes of Ramaswamy

from:  Ramamurthy M
Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 at 01:01 IST

He was called Bullock Cart Ramaswamy and not Cartman Ramaswamy. He was the Director of IIM Bangalore when it was started. I was one of the lucky few who studied there during his tenure and it was great joy listening to his entertaining lectures. Designing an efficient bullock cart was his passion and always he used to stress how much the cow and the baffalo are contributing to the productivity of the nation especially rural India. My condolences to his family members.

from:  N.Ramesh
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 10:04 IST

Prof Ramaswamy excelled in every sphere he ventured into and was a fountain of knowledge, besides being a fine orator, humorist,innovator and teacher sans pareil. Once during a seminar when queried about his flowing beard and bald pate Prof. Ramaswamy nonchalantly quipped, 'It is a case of abundant production but uneven distribution'. The nation will miss this visionary and thinker.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 09:54 IST

I know Prof.Ramaswamy from my younger days when he along with my uncle (late) Ponathil Gokulapalan studied in Maharajas College Ernakulam. My professional association with him started with the formation of assist, an NGO in which he ever remained as a member of the Governing Council. A man of great wisdom and modern outlook his contribution to the silent uncomplaining draught animals is praise worthy. I along with assist pray for the departed soul. Condolence for the bereaved family.

from:  Sivadas Ponathil
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 09:24 IST

Prof. Ramaswamy, or NSR as he was affectionately called, was a visionary and a man with indefatigable zeal, enthusiasm and good sense of humour. IIMB'S present beautiful campus, which is perhaps the most clean and green campus in India owes its location to his genius in spotting potential years ahead. Though he was more known as 'bullock cart Ramaswamy', he acutely felt the need for improving public systems and governance in Government and said that productivity improvement potential in Govt and various sectors like electricity, education, transport and health far exceeded that in conventional business management. However, he was not able to bring out a successful formula to transform the public sector, which actually shuns management due to agency problems. In his later years he turned to concentrating on preserving heritage and culture by publishing a journal which communicates in simple language what is contained in our scriptures. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  V Ranganathan
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 09:21 IST

The late Pro N.S.Ramaswamy was an educator,scholer and contributed in many ways for the cause of not only humanbeings but also animals and nature.May his soul rest in peace.He will be remembered by the society as a whole ,for his contributions and his scholarly speeches.

from:  C.M.PANICKER
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 06:51 IST

He is one of the rare professors very friendly with students and
staff especially when he was the founder director of NITIE,Powai,Mumbai
As President of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering he used to
organize regularly Annual conference and seminars almost for a week
well attended by executives from companies and government
establishments from all over India who return back with an experience
of attending an Executive Development Course. As a Project examiner of
my Masters in Industrial Engineering I was personally known to him
and he was glad to write a forward to book on "Working with 100 Cos
plus Places ".

from:  R.Mani
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 06:26 IST
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