M. R. Seetharam is an Indian politician, entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist from the state of Karnataka. He was nominated as a member of Legislative Council in 2012. He is currently the Minister for Planning, Statistics, Science and Technology in the Government of Karnataka. He is also the minister In-charge of Kodagu District, Karnataka.
He is also the Vice-Chairman of Gokula Education Foundation and Director of M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, M.S. Ramaiah Polytechnic and M.S. Ramaiah Hostels.
M.R. Seetharam has worked towards preserving the parks and lung spaces in his constituency. He has also implemented the Government’s Self Employment Schemes like Antyodaya, Akshara Dasoha and Yeshaswini Co-operate Health Schemes.
M. R. Seetharam was born on 4th April, 1956, Bengaluru, Karnataka. He is the son of late Dr. M. S. Ramaiah, one of the pioneers in Education and Healthcare in Karnataka who founded the Gokula Education Foundation (GEF). He received his primary education from St. Joseph’s School. He holds a graduate degree in Science from St. Joseph’s College.
He is married to Shruthy Seetharam who is a homemaker and is actively involved in social activities involving the poor and needy. He has two children, the elder son Raksha Ramaiah is an emerging leader in Indian Youth Congress holding the post of Vice President, Bangalore Urban District. His younger son Sundar Ram is also an office bearer in IYC holding the post of General Secretary, Malleswaram Assembly constituency.
M.R. Seetharam started his political journey as the president of the Students Governing Council in St. Joseph's College.
He entered mainstream politics by joining the Indian National Congress and started off by serving as an executive member of Karnataka Pradesh Congress (I) Sevadal in 1986. He was appointed as the Treasurer of Karnataka Pradesh Congress (I) from the year 1989 – 1992 and KPCC Sevadal from 1992 – 1996. He was elected as a member of KPCC in the year 1997.
M.R. Seetharam fought his first election in the year 1999. He won the Malleshwaram Constituency defeating his JD(U) rival Raghupathy M with a margin of 20,000 votes. This was the first time Congress won a seat from Malleshwaram Assembly Constituency after Independence. He won the next assembly election from Malleswaram in the year 2004 defeating his BJP rival Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan with a margin of 11,000 votes. In 2008, he lost the Malleshwaram constituency elections to his nearest rival.
From 1997 – 2000, he was the In-charge to run the party offices and also the In-charge for Bengaluru division of Bengaluru Urban, Rural, Kolar, Tumkur, Shimoga, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Mysuru, Haveri districts for the Zilla Parishad elections 2000.
M.R. Seetharam was elected AICC member in the year 2001. While serving as an MLA of Malleswaram, INC won five out of seven wards of Malleswaram assembly in the BBMP elections held on November 11th, 2001.
M.R. Seetharam has worked as Member of the KPCC Campaign Committee 2013 for the Congress party candidates in the districts of Kolar, Tumkur, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru City for the Assembly elections.
1999 – 2003Provided permanent houses to more than 300 Sikh immigrants
Distributed hundreds of auto rickshaws under self-employment scheme to the youth
Renovated and developed Parsi Garden Slum
Distributed hundreds of sewing machines to trained women and granted stipend to women trained in embroidery
Development and rejuvenation of Sankey Tank Garden along with a joggers pathway through his own contribution
2004 – 2008During his second term as MLA, he got 70 crore sanctioned from BBMP for the following developments:
- Mattikere – Gokula Railway Overbridge
- Malleshwaram Overbridge
- Yeshwanthpur Overbridge which was opened to public from May 1, 2008
He helped set up the BBMP computer training centre in Yeshwanthpur which provides free training to people. 75 percent of the trainees are women (homemakers) and girls. More than 800 people have been trained so far through this initiative. The salaries of instructors and for the maintenance is borne by M.R. Seetharam
He contributed towards setting up Computer Labs in two P.U. Girls Colleges to impart technical education
Opened Govt. Model School from MLA fund for underprivileged children
Distributed free notebooks to 6 lakh students studying in government, aided and private schools in the assembly
Distribution of Artificial Limbs and other necessary equipment for the handicapped
Under the Valmiki Ambedkar Planning Project, Sunnadagoodu slum residents got pakka houses
Supported blood donation and health camps across the state through M.S. Ramaiah Medical Institutions
Provided thousands of scholarships to students from backward communities belonging to rural parts of the state
M.R. Seetharam flagged the mobile Planetarium initiative called “Taare Zameen Par” in 2017. A total of 5 mobile vans will travel across the state to impart and educate students from the rural parts of the state on Astronomy. This is a first of it’s kind initiative in the country. There are a total of 7 planetariums in the country which are inaccessible by students in the semi-urban and rural parts of the country. This initiative of mobile planetarium will give access to more and more students to such facilities and help them learn about the universe in an entertaining way.Minister for Planning, Statistics, Science and Technology Government of Karnataka 2016 - present
In-charge Minister for Kodagu District, Government of Karnataka
Member of Legislative Council(MLC) 2012, Government of Karnataka
Elected as MLA from Malleshwaram Constituency in 1999 and 2004
Treasurer of Congress Legislature Party 1999, 2008-2009
Member of the Subject Committee of Karnataka Legislature for the Housing & Urban Development
Member of the Subject Committee of Karnataka Legislature for the Health & Family Welfare Department
Member of Karnataka Postal Circle from Karnataka Legislature
Member of Public Undertaking Committee in the Karnataka Legislature 1997 - 2007
Nominated to Academic Council Member to Bengaluru University in 2004
Elected as AICC Member in 2001 and 2007
General Secretary KPCC 1997 - 2002