Name S. Ramakrishnan
Known for Amar Seva Sangam
Home town Aygudi
|Born May 6, 1954 (age 61) (1954-05-06) Salem, Tamil Nadu, India|
Parent(s) Sivasubramanian, Saraswathi
Awards IBN7 Lifetime Achievement award 2007, Dr.Mary Verghese award for excellence in Empowering Ability 2012
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S. Ramakrishnan (Tamil: ச.ராமகிருஷ்ணன்; born 6 May 1954) is the founder president of Amar Seva Sangam, Ayikudi, Tamil Nadu, India. He is known for his contributions to the field of rehabilitation for persons with disabilities.
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- Early years and injury
- Rehabilitation and later years
- Amar Seva Sangam
- Personal life
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Early years and injury
Ramakrishnan was born in Salem. He has three brothers and one sister. He started his schooling at Thanjavur and later moved to Ayikudi. In early 1970s, he joined the mechanical engineering course at the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. On 10 January 1975, while he was in his fourth year of engineering, he attended a selection interview for naval officers held in Bangalore. During a physical test, he injured his neck following a fall and incurred cervical spine injury that resulted in complete loss of sensations and muscle power below his neck, along with impaired bladder and bowel control. He was initially managed at the airforce command hospital, Bangalore, for about three months. He was then shifted to the Military Hospital, Khadki, Pune.
Rehabilitation and later years
Ramakrishnan underwent a course of rehabilitation over the next 10 months in Pune. It was here that he was motivated by his orthopedic physician and mentor Air Marshall Dr. Amarjit Singh Chahal, after whom Ramakrishnan named the organization he founded six years later.
Amar Seva Sangam
In 1981, Ramakrishnan started a school for children with disabilities at Ayikudi. The institute was registered as Amar Seva Sangam and was situated in a small piece of land donated by Ramakrishnan's parents. Sankara Raman, an auditor, who has muscular dystrophy, joined the Sangam in 1992. He is the honorary secretary of the Sangam. It started with a handful of children and involved in a few activities related to polio prevention and rehabilitation, and is now spread over 30 acres of land and houses diverse activities including:
Schooling for children with disabilities and vocational training for persons with disabilities are being provided free of cost.
Ramakrishnan lives in Ayikudi with his wife Chitra whom he married in 1994.