About my book ‘Seeing Opportunities Through Your a Mind (Pothi.com)

‘Opportunities are to be seen with your mind, and not with your eyes’ – Robert Kiyosaki

My Book ‘Seeing Opportunities Through Your Mind, (pothi.com


An ordinary (well, actually an excellent) Stenographer

Turning point in career

Picked by Prof.M.G.K. Menon as his P.A. when he was director at TIFR

Opportunity offered by Prof. Menon, to work as Private Secretary to Secretary to GOI
This involved shifting to Delhi from Mumbai

Staff Offer to Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, GOI

Later worked as Staff Officer to Member, Science, Planning Commission, GOI

Under Secretary to GOI, Department of Electronics

#Officer on Special Duty, Science Advisory Council to Minister under
Chairmanship of Prof.C.N.R. Rao (recent recipient of Bharat Ratna)

Joint Director, Department of Electronics, GOI

#Chief Personnel Officer & Corporate Coordinator, CDAC

Director, Personnel, Department of Electronics

#Centre Coordinator, CDAC, Delhi Centre

# indicates by special invitation,

Some appreciations and comments received during his career

I was delighted to go through your attempt at analysing me in your note ‘Vittalism -An analysis’ I thank you for all nice things you have said about me, but the real problem is how to bring in action orientation in the entire Department of Electronics, so that even if I am transferred, the Department would continue to be action minded. I will keep on trying new technologies to achieve this goal.

N. Vittal, Secretary, Department of Electronics

I was delighted to go through your article on personnel management. You should try to get this published in any of the magazines which have management columns….

N. Vittal, Secretary, Department of Electronics

I was delighted to read your poem ‘An Elegy on DOE’ and ‘Awaken DOE (Rebirth of DOE….. I am happy that in spite of being tied to the Personnel Department, you have retained your poetic talent.

N. Vittal, Secretary, Department of Electronics

I was delighted to read your article on ‘How to tame your time’. It is elegantly written, thought provoking and absolutely essential for all of us.

N. Vittal, Secretary, Department of Electronics

Your suggestions regarding bringing out a booklet on the Government of India’s orders concerning the Scientific Departments as well as your compilation have been appreciated by many officers in this Department and we would actively consider to bring out a booklet as suggested by you.

D, Shankar, Director (Admn)’ Department of Science and Technology.

It was really delightful to have you with us. We would certainly miss you in the Council., but we hope to continue our personal interaction in future.

Prof. P.N. Tandon, Professor & Head of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and Member, Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister.

It was a pleasure working with you in the SAC-PM and I was always impressed by your efficiency in handling the various jobs.

Prof. J.V. Narlikar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Member, SAC-PM

I can assure you that the pleasure of the SAC-PM Members, specially me, in working with you has been more enjoyable than the satisfaction that you have derived from your efficient working. I hope fondly that our association will not end on your moving to the Department of Electronics

Prof. V.L. Chopra, Professor of Eminence and Head, Biotechnology Centre, Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Member, Science Advisor Council to Prime Minister

I am delighted to inform you that your sense of dedication and outstanding performance has been recognized and appreciated by your immediate supervisor, Shri S, Murali, who is just completing his tenure and returning to his parent cadre, I am very happy to enclose a copy of the note he has recorded about your performance.

Having watched you for more than two and a half years, I share in toto the sentiments and appreciations expressed by Shri Murali. I commend you in your sense of dedication and I hope you will continue to work with the same zeal and make useful contributions to public service.

N. Vittal, Secretary, Department of Electronics

The Personnel Division of the Department of Electronics is streamlining it’s working much to the satisfaction of its employees,……………the Department terms this approach as a SMART approach. The acronym SMART stands for Simplify, Methodical, Adapt to
Requirements, Review, Think. Other Ministries and Departments could well get SMART and try the same recipe.

Published under title ‘A SMART Approach’ in Civil Service News, published by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, GOI

I have seen the article you have sent me, and also your book on Human Resource Management, which you had sent earlier. I am glad that you continue to put your thoughts down on paper, which is far more than what I manage to do.

Prof. M.G,K. Menon, former Minister of state for Science & Technology.

I was very happy to get your letter., but was both surprised and distressed to find that you have now moved to Mumbai. I will miss your advice and assistance here. I have read the reprint of your article ‘Management in Government’ with much interest. As expected, it is very good article. I will give it some circulation here among scientific departments.

Ashok Parthasarathi, Secretary to Government of India, National Commission for Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes.

Shri C.V. subramaniam’s association with SAC-PM has been of tremendous help to us and he has fully justified his selection for the assignment given to him. During the period he worked with us he has devoted himself totally to the work of SAC-PM and without his help, it would have been difficult for us to have achieved all that we could. The wide experience of Shri Subramaniam and his excellent capabilities in handling both administrative and scientific matters dealt with by SAC-PM have proved to be a great asset to our work. On behalf of Prof. C.N.R. Rao and other members, I would like to place on record the excellent work carried out by Shri Subramaniam.

Dr. P.J. Lavakare, Secretary to Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister and Advisor, Department of Science & Technology, GOI

I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the excellent support we have received from you as OSD of the SAC-PM Secretariat at a critical time in its short history.

Prof. R. Narasimha, Director, National Aeronautical Laboratory and Member, SAC-PM

Mr. Subramaniam has been most useful to us and has helped us to get organized better, we have now taken up several major projects and initiated several activities and it is very important to have the assistance of Shri Subramaniam at this stage…..

Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister


An autobiography of my career full of opportunities and challenges

Twenty articles on various aspects concerned with HR


Raving reviews and comments on the book’Seeing Opportunities Through Your Mind'(pothi.com) book by C.V, Subramaniam
Reviews and comments

BOOK REVIEW in People and Management magazine (published by
LB Associates), May-June 2013 issue

A Stenographer who dabbled in Binary Codes

‘Seeing Opportunities through Your Mind’ is an autobiographical account of Shri C.V.
Subramaniam’s life, both personal and professional. The author shares his experiences and anecdotes of a long and successful career spanning 40 years, and takes readers through the milestones he achieved and opportunities he leveraged. The book has been divided into two parts, the first talks of his life, the second discusses some thoughts on Human Resources. In the first part, the author shares his life as a school and college student, his growing interest in academics and how this eventually lead to an interesting career with the Indian Government.

Subramaniam fondly recalls his association with Prof. Menon at TIFR and the many things he learnt under his patronage. It was he who gave Subramaniam the career push by encouraging him to look for bigger horizons, which he did as he progressed to the position of Under Secretary to the Government of India. His journey can be summed up as a “tryst with destiny” where excellence at what he did set a standard for his career. It was his sheer attempt at perfection which saw him fill a top position as the Director in the Department of Information Technology and as OSD in the Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India.

The second part of his book ‘Some Thoughts on HR’ contains a set of articles covering various topics on HR. Some articles like ‘How I could excel in work’, ‘Does Appreciation matter in Workplace?’, ‘Opportunities – Grab them’, ‘Success in Career – Some Tips’, and ‘The Right Attitude to Win’ are highly motivational for those who are engaged in HR profession as well as for youngsters poised at the threshold of their career. in addition, the author provides the support information for HR to become an integral part of the strategic planning of the organization.

Ivan Balondemu, Bank of Uganda, Uganda

Thank you for this book. It is simple to understand and the paraphrases you thought i of namely TRIUMPH and COMPUTER supplement one’s memory in bright way. I also appreciate the logic in the way you make the discussion/flow through the chapters.

M. Siddiqui, Registrar, NIelit, New Delhi

I feel myself very small commenting on CVS new adventure in the form of a book entitled ‘Seeing Opportunities Through Your Mind’. He had proved again that age is not a barrier, if you have a strong will you can climb the Mt. Everest. at 74+, what a thought-provoking piece he has penned down.though ti is based on his career success stories, yet motivating for every one, particularly those
who fell small and shy being in lower position in their office.

Persons functioning as Adm. Officer, Executive Assistant/Secretary, PA/PS etc. and those practicing HR must read it to have themselves rejuvenated, energized and to add new feather in their cap.


YoungHR Manager.com

It is a great book, guys…….please do read it.

OTHER PUBLICATIiONS: Book ‘Human Resource Management’ (S. Chand & Co.)
Over 100 articles on HR, Management, S&T, general topics – all in reputed
Newspapers and Magazines.

WHO ALL SHOULD READ: all administrative personnel right from clerk onwards and HR students and professionals.

READ, READ, READ This success story of a Stenographer (who typed with six fingers only) to EXCEL IN YOUR CAREER.


If you are ready to accept challenges, have an urge in you to excel and have self confidence, opportunities will continue to chase you.



About cvsubramaniam

Former Director, Department of Electronics & Informatiin Technology, Government of India.. Authored Book on Human Resource Management. Published 80 plus articles on HR, Management, S&T, general topics.
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