Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development

An Initiative of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement

Luminaries of V-LEAD

Dr. R. Balasubramaniam

Founder, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)

Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development activist who is a physician by qualification. After his MBBS, he obtained an M.Phil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. His living habits were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and at the age of 19, he founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement ( . He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (

Dr R Balasubramaniam is also the recipient of numerous other State and National Awards. Many International, National, and State Committees have counted upon his immense experience in planning and executing rural development programs. He is also an Advisory member of various organizations working in the fields of social sector development in the country. Apart from lecturing & teaching regularly at different US universities and other reputed Business schools on Leadership, he was the distinguished Frank Rhodes Professor at Cornell University, USA. As the Vigilance Director, he has assisted the Lok Ayukta (the anti-corruption agency), Karnataka in investigating into issues of mal-administration and Corruption in the health sector and in the Public Distribution System. He is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-profits, Harvard University. He has authored 5 books and he also writes extensively about Swami Vivekananda and on Development Issues in local Kannada and English newspapers and in his blog at

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