Executive Committee 2014-15 of ABS Chennai
V.G. Bhooma IRPS, President
Bhooma is a a senior Management Professional with 26 years of varied experience in large organisations with a special focus on HR Management. She qualified in the Government of India’s Civil Services Examinations in 1987 & 1988 and joined the INDIAN RAILWAY PERSONNEL SERVICE. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology from University of Madras and Bachelor of Law from University of Madras, India. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Lady Doak College, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.
She is currently the Registrar and Head of administration of India's leading Technology education and research Institution, IIT Madras. The job involves HR planning and implementation, Finance and Material Management, Security, Communication, Legal & Compliance management, providing administrative support for the academic and research functions of the institute. With a student strength of 8500 across 16 departments and nine Centres of Excellence, the job has variety, challenge and scope for innovation. Parallely, she is holding the additional responsibility of Director, Central Institute of Classical Tamil, a Central Government Research Institution where the challenge lies in adroit balancing of academic and administrative roles.
Prior to her role at IIT Madras, she was the Controller, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. She was head of administration of India's only spaceport involving HR, Finance, administration, material management, security, launch support systems like communication, fire, safety, transport etc., apart from legal, compliance, asset and estate management. In 2009-10, she was the Chief Personnel Officer (Admin) South Eastern Railway, Kolkata. She was heading the HR of around one lakh employees of South Eastern Railway (SER) covering the mineral-rich areas of Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal - involving recruitment, training, posting, transfer, career advancement and retirement of the personnel of SER.
From 2004 to 2009, she was the Deputy Chief Personnel Officer, Integral Coach Factory, (ICF) Chennai. She was Second in Charge of HR and IR functions of ICF, India's largest Rail coach manufacturing unit. The job involved the entire HR functions of the 13000 employees of ICF from recruitment to retirement, along with computerisation of HR processes. Since it is a large and sprawling organisation, internal outreach was the key challenge. From 2001 to 2003, she was the Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, Chennai, Southern Railway. Leading the HR functions of the Chennai operational division of Southern Railway with a strength of around 28000 employees, in the service of 1million passengers daily and a revenue of 5 billion INR. She has held other assignments in the department of Customs and Central Excise and Railways as Assistant Commissioner and Personnel Manager at various levels.
Sudhir Ravindran, Vice President
Selvi Palani, Secretary
Selvi Palani is a lawyer practicing in the Madras High Court. She studied law from the Dr. Ambedkar Govt. Law College, Chennai and Master of law (LLM) from the University of Essex, England under a British Chevening Scholarship.
She was a Government Pleader for the State of Tamil Nadu between 1998 and 2001 and has represented the Government before Judicial Commissions and Arbitrations. She is associated with several international and national NGOs on issues relating to women, children and the environment. She worked with the UN agencies in Geneva and Malaysia on right to health and women’s rights.
She is ‘Adjunct Faculty’ at the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai and the Dr. Ambedkar Govt. Law College, Chennai. She has been an Executive Committee Member of ABS for the last few years.
Pichaimuthu N, Joint Secretary
Swapna Sathish, Treasurer
Dr Swapna Sathish is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, Chennai, teaching art history and design. A freelance art critic, she has authored catalogues, exhibition reviews and contributed chapters to books. Subsequent to a postgraduate research degree in Renaissance art history from the United Kingdom, Swapna received her doctorate from the University of Madras for her thesis ‘Piety and Popularity: Contemporary Temple Murals of Tamil Nadu.’ Her areas of interest are popular culture and 18th century colonial art. She received a Charles Wallace India Trust research grant to undertake post-doctoral research in the United Kingdom. Swapna has earlier served as Honorary Secretary of ABS Chennai.
Aparajitha V R
Aparajitha VR is a professionally trained Art Conservator working actively in the field of art conservation and restoration for the past decade. From the Buddhist murals of Ladakh to Raja Ravi Varma paintings in the State Museum, Thiruvananthapuram, and Photographic Collection of the Nizams of Hyderabad to the Oil paintings of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, she has worked on diverse and unique historic artefacts. She is the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship and Nehru Trust UK Visiting Fellowship for pursuing advanced conservation training on photographic materials which provided her an opportunity to acquire new skills, and knowledge in this unique and highly specialized subject and widen her repertoire within the larger discipline of art conservation and preservation. In 2007 she established Art Care - an Art Conservation Studio and works out of the same in Chennai.