The unappeasable quest for a scientist to fructify his goals is an endless mission. Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar, Currently Working in Centre for Nano Science and Technology, Anna University, Chennai has not stopped with his passion for research and teaching. He is on his way to establish scientic temper among people and spreading knowledge about science and technology for the betterment of the society. To this end, he has taken up writing about science for children apart from being the Editor of ValarumAriviyal, a quarterly magazine in Tamil that propagates information and knowledge about Science and Technology to the people. Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar was bestowed with the ‘Best Children’s Science Writer Award 2015’ by BAPASI in March 2015. Dr. Sivakumar’s mission doesn’t end with these activities alone. He is a scientist and a teacher who has donned the mantle as a social activist too. He has devoted himself to the cause of students, the poor and the needy, the differently-abled and senior citizens through innumerable social activities on a continuing basis.
Dr. E.K.T. Sivakumar hails from a humble family that is devoted to education and social service despite their impoverished state.
His father, Dr. E.K. Thiruvengadam was a teacher, writer and litterateur who won the best teacher award and ran an old age home welfare society, which is now being looked after by his eldest son, Dr. E.K.T. Sivakumar. His siblings are all well- educated and are also involved in many social service activities.
What is amazing is that the scientist who is surging ahead with zeal to spread awareness and knowledge of science among people commenced his education studying in a small village known as Podaturpet in Tiruttani, Tamil Nadu. He completed his schooling from Government High School in the village. He went ahead to complete B.Sc. Chemistry in D.G.Vaishnava College, Chennai and followed it up with a B.Ed. degree from Annamalai University . He did his post-graduation from Gurunanak College, Chennai and Ph.D., in Chemistry from Presidency College, University of Madras. Following this he was a Research Scientist in the Pharma industry working in Amrutanjan Ltd R & D, an eminent organization in health care. In 2008 he won the Scientist of the Year-2008 Award given by National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi for his contributions to science.
Having earned industrial experience for more than 15 years, Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar took up teaching as his calling accepting the assignment at Faculty for Nano Science and Technology, Anna University, Chennai. He also went on to become the Editor of ValarumAriviyal through which he contributes information and knowledge of science and technology. His media endeavors brought him awards like the Best Writer’s Award by Tamilnadu Reporters Association , Prestigious Media Guild Award 2010-11 etc. Dr.Sivakumar has authored 20 books that are based on social issues such as environmental awareness, public awareness etc. His papers on science have been published in reputed national and international journals.
By far, the most remarkable contribution of this scientist is toward social causes.
Dr. E.K.T.Sivakumar has been involved in supporting the education of many children and differently-abled persons from poor families. Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar is the Founder and advisor of Educational and Social Research Organization (ESRO). This trust helps fund rural students for higher education and also provides facilitative amenities for the differently-abled.
In an event for differently-abled persons who were given aid for their amenities and funding of poor students for higher education, the Chief Guest, His Excellency, the Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr. K. Rosaiah appreciated the efforts of Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar for his yeoman service towards such social causes and selfless Educational services.
Dr.Sivakumar has been conferred with innumerable awards for his service to the differently-abled and the poor as well as towards the cause of educating poor students by several organizations like EXNORA, Lions, Rotary Club etc. He was also honoured with the Best Social Service Award by the Minister for Social Work for his service to the differently-abled. Even though young, his immense contribution toward social causes has been recognized by The TamilnaduDr.MGR Medical University which bestowed on him the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’.
Amidst his endeavours in the eld of science and technology, that Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar is spending a lot of time, effort and money towards the betterment of the poor, the differently abled and for the cause of education for the past 25 years is truly worthy of acknowledgement from the society. Several eminent persons have appreciated Dr.Sivakumar’s dedicated work towards social causes. His Excellency, The Governor of Kerala and former Chief Justice Supreme Court of India.
Justice P. Sathasivam, Former Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Justice M.KarpagaVinayagam, Former Supreme Court Justice S.Mohan and others are among the several prominent leaders, Educationists, Social activists, and Political leaders who have appreciated the social contributions of Dr.Sivakumar. At a public function, India’s eminent scientist and the ISRO Director Dr.Mylswamy Annadurai spoke about Dr.Sivakumar’s contribution toward S & T in glowing terms and said that he is like his brother. Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar is being invited as chief guest by several educational institutions where he speaks about and updates the progress in science and technology.
Dr.Sivakumar strongly believes that only education and science and technology will dispel poverty and illiteracy and take the country forward in the path of progress. He also believes that children and young adults have to be exposed to awareness about social concerns such as environment , water conservation, harmful impact of substance abuse, especially alcoholism etc. if our efforts are directed towards mentoring our future citizens and equipping them with education, skills and value-orientation towards employing these for the betterment of the society, no doubt, we will be able to realize the dream of Former president of India Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam and India can emerge as a global leader.
The government and the scientific community should come forward to encourage and extend support to such socially conscious and proactive scientists like Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar who can bring about a positive change through their tireless efforts.
It is rare that we come across a scientist who combines social concerns with his field of choice and employs it for the benet of people in need. On an individual level, making such huge contributions to social transformation is worthy of emulation. Scientists and social activists like Dr.E.K.T.Sivakuamr are exemplary role models for young Indians to follow and learn from. India is surging forward due to the quiet, seless and tireless efforts of modest and humble citizens with a large heart and a social vision like Dr.E.K.T.Sivakumar. They are the true achievers of modern India.