Interview with Shri T N Venkatesh IAS

“I feel that two things are very important for success—hard work and determination.”

Shri T.N. Venkatesh IAS, is the Joint Commissioner (Education), Corporation of Chennai. He joined the IAS in 2001 and served as Joint Commissioner, Commercial Taxes and as District
Collector of Karur. During his tenure in 2007, Karur was adjudged the Best District for working towards the rehabilitation of the Differently Abled.

 Shri T N Venkatesh IAS

Shri. Venkatesh is a fan of Carnatic music and attends concerts regularly.

In an exclusive interview, Shri T N Venkatesh IAS shares with Marie Banu the education initiatives of Chennai Corporation.

Who has been your inspiration? Was it tough for you to clear the Civil Services Examination?

My uncle Mr. Santhanam, an IAS officer himself, has been my inspiration. I made up my mind when I was around ten years old that I would become an IAS officer. Early seeds were sown
into my thoughts regarding joining Civil Services.

I cleared the Civil Services Examination in 2001. The competition was very tough as only 53 were selected for IAS compared to 180 in recent years. One has to score very high in order to
get a posting in their own home state. I stood 18th at the All India level.

What is your advice for youth who aspire to join the civil services?

One should have a clear vision without any ambiguity as to what they want to become in life. If you have an ambition to become an IAS officer, you will have to start preparing early in life.

I feel that two things are very important for success—hard work and determination. There is no recipe for success without these two. The youth need to be clear that there are no short cuts to
reach Civil Services. Ever since I joined the Civil Services and until today, I work really hard with the commitment and determination that I should make some difference in the department that I
work for. Systematic planning and perseverance will take you nearer to your goal.

Can you share your achievements as the District Collector of Karur?

As the Collector of Karur, I won the ‘Best District Award’ in 2007 for working for the welfare of differently abled persons. It was a National Award given by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to District Collectors.

A District Collector will have to work with different departments, each of them having specific schemes for the differently abled, but all working in isolation. Through an integrated approach, I ensured that the family which had a differently abled member received maximum help from every department.

Today, I am very happy to say that around 250 families in Karur district are having their own livelihoods. Some have started their own restaurants, small scale units, and one visually challenged couple even started an orchestra.

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Published On : Mar 21, 2013


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