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Accountant to Academic - An Unmapped Journey A Memoir

Author Name: A. V. Raman | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Raman’s memoir chronicles the dramatic change in his profession as an accountant to launching him on the unchartered waters of management of research and development projects in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and suggesting a fair and just appreciation of public passenger road transport system operated by State Road Transport Undertakings. His role as a trainer in these two diverse fields – scientific research, employing knowledge workers, and passenger road transport, employing blue-collar workers and a few managers – was daunting, which he meets with a suitably tailored approach in the design and delivery of training programmes. His research studies on Indian road transport operating under administrated fares and social costs and his seminal study of the US highways financing system should interest readers in the area of public policy reforms.

His academic career spread over the whole gamut of teaching, research, consulting, guiding research students, administration of business schools and experience earlier in government and the public sector and brief but educative exposure to the Indian Parliamentary System vouch for his versatility. Raman's memoir should excite peers and students alike and serve as a model for future writers.

Narrated with candour and humour, Raman’s description of his early life in Delhi amidst government servants and his own failed attempt to become a bureaucrat, his pen picture of the Delhi’s Madrasis, his family's musical legacy and religiosity and his values of accountability and integrity, ungrudgingly shared in this memoir, reveal his credentials as an engaging writer.

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A. V. Raman

A.V. Raman (b.1938) is a Hons. graduate in mathematics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, a Ph.D. in management from the University of Pune and AICWA. From an obscure seaside hamlet near Rameswaram, his education and career, first in finance and accounts and later in management education, have taken him to major cities in India. 

He attended a course on general management at British Transport Staff College, England, and an ILO Training Programme on Advanced Training Methodologies for Management Development and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for post-doctoral study in the United States on their Highway Financing System. As an academic, he has worn several caps as a trainer, researcher, research guide, and administrator.

Raman is gifted with an innate sense of humour which he employs in winning friends and in his blogs on men and matters. Now faded from active academics, Raman lives happily with his family in Mumbai pursuing his passion for listening to classical music and solving sudoku puzzles.

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