|Indian Economist and Politician||Jairam Ramesh|
|Preceded by||Aayanur Manjunath, BJP|
|Born||9 April 1955 (age 63) Chikmagalur, Mysore State, India (now Karnataka, India)|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||IIT Bombay Carnegie Mellon University Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Profession||Economist As of 25 January, 2007 Source:|
Jairam Ramesh (born 9 April 1954) is an Indian economist and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He is a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh state in the Rajya Sabha since June 2004. In July 2011, Jairam Ramesh was elevated to the Union Council of Ministers of India and appointed Minister of Rural Development and Minister (additional charge) of the new Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. However, in the cabinet reshuffle in October 2012, he has been divested of the portfolio of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He was previously the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011
Jairam Ramesh was born on 9 April 1954 in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India. His father was C. K. Ramesh, and his mother, Sridevi Ramesh. His father was a Professor of Civil Engineering in IIT Bombay.He considers himself a practising Hindu with Buddhism ingrained and calls himself a 'Hind-Budh'.
He married K. R. Jayashree, an Iyer, on 26 January 1981.He and his wife currently reside at Lodi Gardens, Rajesh Pilot Marg, New Delhi. Their permanent residence is at Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Ramesh was strongly influenced by the personal life of Jawaharlal Nehru since he was very young. He was fascinated by Nehru's modern approach to life, his bringing change in a traditional society and his liberal, humanist, rational approach to life, religion, men and civic matters. He considers himself a product of the Nehruvian era in many ways. An additional influence was Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), whom he originally saw as anti-modern, anti-science and anti-West.As he grew older and read Gandhi more and viewed him in the political and historical context in which he operated, he came to appreciate and acknowledge Gandhi much more. He has also studied Rabindranath Tagore deeply.
Ramesh attended St. Xavier's School, Ranchi in 1961–1963 in classes 3 to 5. He read Paul Samuelson (an American economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1970) and found him very interesting. His presentation, the substance of issues such as population and growth got him thinking of economics and the larger issues of life, more so than worrying about engineering drawings and mathematical formulae. Also when he was 17, in 1971, he read Asia Drama, one of the early books of Gunnar Myrdal (a Swedish economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1974) and wrote to him at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Myrdal sent a very nice reply and said to stay in touch with him. Asian Drama was very influential to Ramesh's understanding of development planning in India.
Ramesh graduated from IIT Bombay in 1975 with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering.
Between 1975–77 he studied at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Public Management. In 1977–78, he started on the Doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had planned to study technology policy, economics, engineering, and management, as part of the newly established interdisciplinary technology policy programme.Family exigencies required him to return to India and that program remained incomplete.
He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and is a member of the International Council of the New York-based Asia Society. Ramesh has been a Visiting Fellow and Affiliated Researcher of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, since 2002.