Dr. P. Ashok Gajapathiraju
Sri Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, born on 26 June 1951, is the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India. A scion of Royal family of Vizianagaram princely state, he is the youngest son of the last Maharaja of Vizianagaram, Dr.PVG Raju. He was a member of Andhra Pradesh State legislature for over twenty five years and was a Minister in the Govt. of A.P., for thirteen years holding the portfolios of Commercial Tax, Excise, Legislative affairs, Finance, Planning and Revenue.
Following the footsteps of his visionary father Dr.PVG Raju, he joined legislation to serve the people. He was influenced by socialism and moved by the deplorable condition of the people, both socially and economically, He took an active part in the struggle for the formation of a new district viz. Vizianagaram.
His interest to improve education in the district led to the establishment of several governmental and non-governmental educational institutions. Presently he is Chairman of the trust The Maharaja Alak Narayan Society of Arts and Science(MANSAS) which is running twelve educational institutions in the district.
As a Minister, he was associated with several developmental activities. He is keenly interested in the field of public health and the conservation of water and electricity. In pursuance of this ideal, he launched housing, drinking water and health schemes. He has traveled abroad to study town planning and to implement it suitably in Andhra Pradesh. He is a former President of Andhra Cricket Association. His efforts resulted in the establishment of several centers for imparting training in several sports at many places including Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram
About Ex Chairman of MANSAS
Late Dr. P. Ananda Gajapathiraju (1950-2016)
The great contribution of the Pusapati family to the growth and enhancement of the educational culture in Vizianagaram is well known phenomenon. The MANSAS organization which has brought fourth many an educational institution for the intellectual growth of the society being ably run by two stalwart sons of his great visionary Raja Saheb Dr.PVG Raju. The leader of his sons is Dr. P.Anand Gajapathi Raju, Chairman of MANSAS, who is a multifaceted man with exceptional qualities as a person as well as scholar. He is the man of intellectual integrity and humanism. He aspired to have clean politics to develop the nation a supreme power, both economically and socially.
He confides that roots for cherishing this lies in education. With a great vision of this he took the active role in politics and won 1983 elections and adorned ministry of Education and Health. During his tenure he tried his best to bring the education to the door step of the deserving people irrespective of economical and social positions by abolishing the capitation fee system in education. Further, he won the election in 1985 and 1991 as a Member of Parliament from Bobbili Constituency and brought the glory to the membership by his acumen imbued with political ideology.
After the demise of his father ,he has taken the reigns of MANSAS as a Chairman and been flowering it an epicenter of education by introducing engineering education and other professional courses under Trust and endeavoring to fulfill his father wishes. Culmination for his services to the cause of education has come in the way of conferment of Honorary Doctorate from Inter American University of Humanistic Studies, Florida, USA. He has been awarded with another Doctorate in Economics from Andhra University in 2009 towards the recognition of his contribution and works on economic policies in society.