Jammu, March 24 – Governor, N. N. Vohra, has reconstituted the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), for a period of three years, with immediate effect.
In his capacity as Chairman, SMVDSB, the Governor, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him under section 4(1) (b) of the Jammu and Kashmir Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Act, 1988, has nominated E. Sreedharan, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, New Delhi; Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, renowned Santoor maestro;. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Bangalore; Dr. Sudhir S. Bloeria, former Chief Secretary J&K and Advisor to Governor; and Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, as Members.
. E. Sreedharan, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, born in Palghat district of Kerala, is fondly called the “Wheel of the Nation”, for having changed the very face of Indian public transport by his tireless work in building the Konkan Railway and for his outstanding achievement in establishing the Delhi Metro before the scheduled date and to progressively expand it to cover adjoining areas in UP and Haryana.
Sreedharan’s first major challenge came in 1963, when a tidal wave washed away portions of the Pamban Bridge, connecting Rameshwaram with Tamil Nadu. Against the target of repairing the bridge in six months, he restored it in a mere 46 days and was honoured by the Railway Minister’s Award for this achievement. He was also associated with the country’s first Metro Rail project in Kolkata for a few years. He served as the Chief Engineer, Southern Railway, for seven years from 1981, became its General Manager in 1987 and Member of the Railway Board in 1989.
Immediately on his retirement, the Government appointed Sreedharan as CMD of Konkan Railway in 1990, which project was an outstanding success. He took over as Managing Director of
Sreedharan was awarded the Padma Shree in 2001; named the Man of the Year by The Times of India Group of Newspapers in 2002; named as one of Asia’s Heroes by the TIME magazine in 2003; honoured with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the Government of France in 2005. In 2008, he was honoured with the second highest national award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his most outstanding service to the nation.
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, an internationally acclaimed Santoor maestro, has the distinction of bringing forth the folk instrument from the
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma believes in the immortality of this great heritage of classical music and wishes to spare no effort to make it so. With this aim in mind, he has been imparting knowledge to create the next generation of musicians, in Guru Shishya tradition, who come to him from all parts of the country, as well as various parts of the world like
Pt. Shivkumar’s presentations are meditative and soothing. His reverence for the ancient wisdom of Vedanta and Upanishads has resulted in his creating a special album of music for Shlokas from the Upanishads.
For his vast spectrum of achievements, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma has been honoured with many national and international awards and honours which include: Honorary Citizenship for the City of Baltimore, USA; Sangeet Natak Academy Award; Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar; Honorary Doctorate from the University of Jammu; Padma Shree (1991); Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award (1998); Padma Vibhushan (2001); Tansen Samman (2004); Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award (2005); he was also honoured by House of Representatives of the State of New Mexico in 2007; International Cultural Ambassador Award by World Bank in 2007; and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters of the Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2008.
Ms. Sudha Murty, is Chairperson of the well known Infosys Foundation which she set up in 1996. While she is the wife of the legendary Mr. Narayana Murthy, she is a very highly educated and widely respected person in her own right. She holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science,
A philanthropist, teacher and writer, Ms. Murty is the recipient of dozens of prestigious honours and awards which have been conferred on her within the country and by several foreign countries. These included Padma Shree Award in 2006; Karnataka Rajyotsava State Award for achievement in the field of social work in 2000; Computer World International Level Award in 2001; World Millennium Award 2000-Karnataka Conference at Houston, Texas, for her contribution to philanthropy and literature; Millennium Mahila Shiromani Award for excellence in social service; Golden Peacock Award; International and Area Studies Global Leaders Award, University of California, Berkeley; Kesari Gaurav Sanman by Kesari Foundation, Mumbai etc. She was also voted as “Woman of the Year” in 2002 and honoured with “Rajalakshmi Foundation Award” in 2004. She was also conferred with Honorary Doctorates by the
Credited with a distinguished administrative career in the
Awarded a Ph. D in 1995 for his research on “The
Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, who commenced his practice in the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, was elected as President of the Bar Association, Jammu, in 1986. He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of J&K in 1994 and was transferred as a Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in 1994 where he was appointed as a permanent Judge in 1995. He moved to the High Court of
Justice Thakur has served as a member of the Law Faculty of the
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