Santhosh Babu is a Medical Doctor turned Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the 1995 batch, of the Tamil Nadu cadre. He is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Trivandrum. He is also a Chevening Gurukul Scholar from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an LKY Fellow and MPM Degree holder from the National University of Singapore and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He firmly believes that only leadership embedded in integrity and selflessness, with the ability to innovate in the governance process, can take India to prosperity.
His abiding passion has been to transform governance within his jurisdiction to world-class levels, using modern management practices and tools that information technology provides. He has about 150 plus transformational initiatives and innovations to his credit, including installing ERP driven “anytime, anywhere” Government offices, developing and implementing numerous web based application softwares, establishing India’s first Rural BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) units etc. He has conceived and edited numerous magazines and websites.
A few recognitions have come his way, like (1) The Best Collector Award of the Government of Tamil Nadu for child labour eradication (2) Dataquest Magazine e-Governance Champion Award, South India, 2008, (3) Being recognized as “The Pride of Tamil Nadu” by the Indian Express in its annual publication 2007 “The Pride of Tamil Nadu”, as one of five persons who has made a difference in various aspects of public life, (4) being recognized by the reputed Tamil Magazine Ananda Vikatan, as one of the “Top Ten People in Tamil Nadu” in 2008 etc. In 2017, Poompuhar won the National e-Governance Award and the Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award under his leadership. Rotary Club, Madras Metro presented him with the “Changemaker” award on 24.03.17. He has spoken at numerous fora including TEDx IIT Chennai, TEDx Hindustan University Chennai and TEDx SVCE Chennai. He was awarded with the “Disruptor” award by the online magazine www.yourstory.com in December 2018.
His best moment so far has been when, the former President of India Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, quoted his work under the heading “Committed Leadership” in his speech on the occasion of the 7th National Civil Services Day, 21st April 2012, at New Delhi.
He has served the Government of Tamil Nadu in various capacities; as Sub-Collector, Additional Collector, Special Officer to Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd, Joint Secretary–Department of Rural Development, District Collector of Sivaganga and Krishnagiri, Managing Director of ELCOT & Director e-Governance, Commissioner of Horticulture & Plantation Crops, Commissioner of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy and as Secretary to Government, Information Technology Department (2011), Chairman & Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, and is currently serving as the Secretary to Government, Information Technology Department, and also serving as 1) Officer on Special Duty, Chief Ministers Special Cell in charge of the “Amma Call Centre”, 2) Prabhari Officer for Aspirational District Virudhunagar, 3) Regional Coordinator for the campaign again one time use and throw plastics, 4) Nodal Officer for flood mitigation in Zone 3 (Madhavaram) Chennai Corporation.