|Profession||Civil Servant (IAS Officer)|
|Famous for||Being the first woman chief secretary of Gujarat The Indian Express|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper (dyed Black)|
|Service||Indian Administrative Service (IAS)|
|Major Designations||• Assistant Collector (Junior Scale) of Surat (1 August 1974 to 1 June 1976)
• Additional Collector (Under Secretary) of Surat (1 June 1976 to 1 January 1977)
• District Dev Officer of Jamnagar (1 January 1977 to 1 July 1978)
• District Collector of Amreli (1 July 1978 to 1 April 1980)
• District Collector of Junagadh (1 April 1980 to 1 May 1982)
• Deputy Secretary of Industries & Mines Department (1 May 1982 to 1 April 1984)
• Deputy Secretary of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (Central Deputation) (1 April 1984 to 1 June 1985)
• Joint Chief Controller (Import & Export) of the Commerce Industry (central deputation) (1 June 1986 to 1 July 1988)
• Director of Commerce Industry (Central Deputation) (1 July 1988 to 1 April 1989)
• Member of Energy & Petrochemicals Department and Gujarat Electricity Board (1 June 1989 to 1 May 1993)
• Senior Directing Staff of Defence (central deputation) (1 May 1993 to 1 July 1993)
• Joint Secretary at PMO, New Delhi (central deputation) (1 July 1993 to 6 May 1998)
• Principal secretary of Urban Dev & Urban Housing Department (3 June 1998 to 22 October 2001)
• Principal secretary of Energy & Petrochemicals Department (22 October 2001 to 26 July 2004)
• Principal Secretary of Finance Department (27 July 2004 to 3 September 2005)
• Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Department (4 September 2005 to 31 August 2007)
• Chief Secretary of Gujarat (31 August 2007 to 30 September 2008)
|Date of Birth||18 September 1948 (Saturday)|
|Birthplace||Tamil Nadu, India|
|Date of Death||1 January 2023|
|Place of Death||A hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat|
|Age (at the time of death)||74 Years|
|Death Cause||Health-related issues The Indian Express|
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Graduation in Physics
• Post-Graduation in Physics and Public Administration
• PhD in Commerce
• A certificate in German language Supremo
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Not Known|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Manjula Subramaniam
- Manjula Subramaniam was an Indian Administrative Service Officer of the 1972 batch of the Gujarat cadre. On 31 August 2007, she became the first woman Chief Secretary of Gujarat.
- Manjula grew up in a middle-class family in Gujarat.
- After passing the civil service examinations, Manjula received IAS training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).
- Post her training, she was posted as Assistant Collector (Junior Scale) in Surat on 1 August 1974.
- As an IAS officer, she served Gujarat and the centre at various positions including District Collector of Junagadh, District Collector of Amreli, Deputy Secretary of the Personnel & Administrative Reforms, Deputy Secretary of the Industries & Mines Department, Joint Chief Controller (Import & Export) of the Commerce Industry, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, and Additional Chief Secretary of the Finance Department.
- While serving as the Principal Secretary of the Energy & Petrochemicals Department, she was actively involved in the ‘Jyoti Gram Yojana,’ a Gujarat Government initiative to ensure 24-hour, three-phase quality power supply in rural areas of Gujarat.
- She served as the Chief Secretary of Gujarat during the tenure of Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
- On 30 November 2008, she retired from her services as the Chief Secretary of Gujarat.
- Following her retirement, Manjula served as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner of Gujarat.
- Subsequently, she became a part of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation.
- Manjula served as the Chairman and Director in various Public Sector Units.
- Subramaniam was appointed as the head of the interim Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Gujarat, in June 2017.
- In August 2020, Gujarat Gas Limited (GIPCL) took her to its Board as an additional director for a five-year tenure. In December 2022, she resigned from the position, stating health issues.
- Manjula was facing several health complications for some time. In December 2022, she was admitted to a hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat. On 1 January 2023, she died due to health issues in the hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his grief over Manjula’s demise. He said,
Anguished by the demise of veteran bureaucrat Dr Manjula Subramaniam Ji. She was widely respected for her understanding of policy-related issues and action-oriented approach. I recall my interactions with her when I was CM. Condolences to her family and friends. Om Shanti.”
- In her spare time, Manjula Subramaniam loved reading books.
- She is fluent in several languages including English, French, Gujarati, Hindi, German, and Tamil.