The founder-director of Indian Institute of Management,
Bangalore (IIM-B) Padma Bhushan Prof NS Ramaswamy passed away on Monday evening.
He was 87. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter and three
grand-daughters and a grandson. He breathed his last around 7.45 pm at his Koramangala
residence. The last rites were performed on Tuesday afternoon.
After retirement, he founded CARTMAN in 1983 to promote
Known as the Bhishmacarya of the Management movement in
India, he brought new dimensions to Management while he was Professor of
Management in the Bombay University, Director of NITIE at Bombay and founder
Director of IIM, Bangalore.
He was the first to take Management science to sectors other
than business, such as Transport, Power, Communications, Government Systems,
Rural Development, Education, Health, Non-organized Sector, etc. He conducted
HRD programmes for Municipal employees in Mumbai and Bangalore in order to
improve their productivity and service consciousness.
Prof. Ramaswamy believed that Multi-national Companies and
well run Indian Companies, employing a mere 5 million, are already doing well,
while the Governmental sector, employing 22 m, does not have Management systems
and culture, which is responsible for its poor performance, corruption and lack
of concern for people and progress.
He campaigned for the improvement of Bullock carts and
slaughter system in order to increase productivity and to reduce animal
suffering, about which he is known all over the world as Cartman. Besides
conventional Management thinking, he introduced additional dimensions, such as
ethics, morals, values, culture, philosophy and spirituality, on which he
conducted HRD programmes all over the country and abroad.
In recognition of the outstanding and pioneering concepts
and campaigns of Prof. Ramaswamy during 50 years of his public life, the Government
has awarded Padma Bhushan to him.
by IER Staff