The iconic Coorg Education Fund is felicitating P.M. Belliappa (in picture), retired IAS officer from Tamil Nadu for his outstanding contribution in the field of education and administrative services. The President of the Fund K.P. Uthappa, said Pemanda M. Belliappa will be felicitated on September 23 at Madikeri.
Belliappa, who held key positions in his career, was decorated in 2011 with the Most Excellent Order of the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen of England.
Interestingly one of the beneficiaries of the Fund set up in 1863 was none other than Pemanda Monappa, the father of Belliappa. He was selected to join the police force under the British and was a well-known officer, also during the post-Independence period.
Pemanda Monappa was the only IPS officer to head the police forces of three Indian States. He was best known for his contribution to integrating the police forces of the princely State of Hyderabad, into the forces of the Indian Union in 1948.
As a tribute to and recognition of the value of committed public service and integrity, Belliappa established the ‘Pemanda Monappa Scholarship’ in perpetuity, in Cambridge University in the name of his late father, which will enable one student from the southern states of India to pursue a Masters Course.
Belliappa, in his 35-year-long service in the IAS, had occupied important posts, starting as District Collector and also held the posts of head of the National Hydro Electric Corporation of India and the Chairman and Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Corporation of India.
He was leader and member of several Indian delegations to ESCAP, UNIDO, World Bank and other leading financial institutions. He served as Chairman of International Workshop on “Clean Technologies” organized by the Regional Institute of Environmental Technology (R.I.E.T.) Singapore, a European Union sponsored institution.
Belliappa has Master’s degrees in both Economics and English, and also a law degree. He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge University and also obtained a Diploma in Development Administration from Manchester University, United Kingdom.
Belliappa was selected ‘Coorg Person of the Year, 2011’ by www.coorgtourisminfo.com, a news portal of Coorg.