Dr. S. Krishna Kumar IAS

(Former Union Minister, India)

Brief Biodata

Public Life


3 times Member of Parliament from Kerala.

1984-1989 & 1991-1996

Union Minister for 9 years with Prime Ministers – Sri Rajiv Gandhi and Sri P.V. Narasimha Rao handling Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Textiles, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Defence, Non Conventional Energy and Agriculture.

Civil Service and Corporate Management


Joins the Indian Administrative Service.


IAS – 17 years – District Collector (Ernakulam), Chairman, Greater Cochin Development Authority, Civil Supplies Commissioner, Industries Commissioner, Principal Secretary (Industries, Local Administration, Urban Development, Fisheries & Social welfare) Govt. of Kerala. Chairman, Small Industries Development Corporation, Civil Supplies Corporation, Fishermen Welfare Corporation etc Kerala.


Chairman, Hindustan Latex (Central PSU), Govt. of India.



First Rank and Gold Medallist in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerala.


1961 First Rank All India in the Indian Railway Service of Engineers.


Post graduation in MA (Sociology) – Annamalai University – First Class.


Doctorate in Public Policy at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Thesis – “Kerala Model of Development – Critical Analysis and a Design for the Future”


From 1996 onwards


  • Defence Technology & Infrastructure Society of India
  • Asian-Arab Chamber of Commerce
  • Latin American Caribbean Federation of India
  • Indo Global Vision Projects & Consultancies Private Limited
  • AWAKE (All World Alliance of Kerala Enterpreneurs)
  • Karmanya Trust for HRD and Employment
  • Progress Kerala Society
  • TRUTH (Trust for Religious Unity, Tolerance and Harmony)

Trained abroad in Management, Leadership and Socio-economic Development by the UN, International Union of Local Authorities, World Bank, USAID, Soviet Society for International Friendship, British and Chinese Governments. Also trained by the Government of India and several Institutes of Management. Fellow of the World Bank and IULA in Urban Development. Qualified Corporate Independent Director certified by the Institute of Directors, India.

Noted Contributions

Legendary District Collector of Ernakulam who conducted Mass Family Planning Campaigns in Kerala 1970-73 winning international recognition, credited with reversing the state’s population growth momentum and making Kerala first State to achieve zero growth rate. Noted for implementing land reforms in Kerala, author of the ‘Greater Cochin Development Master Plan’ implementing major urban development schemes earning public approbation as ‘the builder of modern Cochin’. Emancipation of Kerala fishermen through fisheries village societies. Architect of Kerala’s ‘Ten Thousand Industries’ campaign. Famed Chairman of Hindustan Latex, turning around the permanently losing PSU and transforming it into the leading condom and medical accessories manufacturer in Asia. Rajiv Gandhi’s Minister for universalizing Television in India. Champion of indigenization of Defence Production. Building up the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources with massive thrusts in Wind, Small Hydro and Solar Energy. Widely recognized as a Developmental Leader.


International, national and state awards mainly for Public Administration and Social Reforms – including

  • FICCI (1973) (Presented by Smt. Indira Gandhi)
  • Swami Vivekananda Centenary Award - 2013
  • International Rotary’s highest civilian award ‘For The Sake of Honour’ 1979
  • 1995 ‘Energy Man of the Year’ National Award
  • ‘NAYE’ National Award for contribution to MSMES
  • ‘Thanks Medal’ by Bharat Scouts and Guides
  • Pazhassi Raja Award 2007 (Presented by Vice President of India), K.R. Narayanan Award 2007, R Sankar Birth Centenary Award 2009, MKK Nair Award 2009 for productivity in Public Administration, CM Stephen Award 2010 for public leadership.

On Family Planning, Urban Development, Fisheries, Industries and generally on socio, economic development issues. Author of several papers and articles on ‘New Model for Kerala’s Development’.


Dr. S. Krishna Kumar is a distinguished Engineer, Technocrat and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer turned Political Leader. He has served for nine years as a Central Government Minister in India handling several important ministries of the Central Government in India under Prime Ministers Shri Rajiv Gandhi and Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao. He had also a distinguished career for 17 years in the Indian Administrative Service heading several important Government departments and Central and State Government Undertakings. He combines an excellent academic background, administrative and technical career as well as a successful political career as a Member of Parliament and Union Minister.

Dr. S. Krishna Kumar is engaged in a number of socio-economic and industrial projects in the country. He holds the Chairmanship of some Private sector business and Industrial ventures. He also heads the consultancy and project firm „Indo-Global Vision Consultancies and Projects Private Limited‟ with the main objective of Planning, Facilitation, Investment in and implementation of projects including joint ventures in India. He also heads several movements such as AWAKE (All World Alliance of Kerala Entrepreneurs), Karmanya Trust for HRD and Employment, Progress Kerala Society and TRUTH (Trust for Religious Unity, Tolerance and Harmony). He is currently the Chairman of Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Latin American Caribbean Federation of India.