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Dr. A. Padmanabhan IAS is an erstwhile member of the Indian Administrative Service and is a former Governor of the state of Mizoram and a former chief secretary of the government of Tamil Nadu. Having had a career in the governments of Tamil Nadu and the government of India, he now focuses on providing help to the needy by partnering with organizations like the Foundation For Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA) where he is a member of the governing council. He was born in 1928 and did his BA and MA from Pachaiyappa's College in Chennai. He then was selected to the IAS. He served as Sub Collector Cheranmahadevi and was Collector of Salem and was instrumental in setting up healthcare and industries in the state of Tamil Nadu. He was chairman of TIDCO and launched the partnership for SPIC. He also set up the industrial parks in hosur and also other parts of Tamil Nadu when he was chairman of SIPCOT. He has also written several books.
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- Books By Padmanaban, A. "Books", worldcat identities, Chennai, 11 October 2012. Retrieved on 11 October 2012.