Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen

Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture and Minister of Education and Science of Mauritius both between 1983 and 1995; and Director and Representative of UNESCO between 1998 and 2011; Mr. Armoogum Parsuramen, GOSK., is currently the Founder President of the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF), a Charitable Trust dedicated to the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, assistance to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and any other purpose beneficial to the public in general, and the poor and most disadvantaged. Since 2013 Mr Parsuramen is also the Founder-President of the University of Third Age Mauritius (U3AM) and since 2018 Founder-President of the International Thirukkural Foundation

Bom in 1951 in Mauritius, Mr. Parsuramen holds a BA. Honours degree in Administration from the University of Mauritius and started his career in the field of education as a secondary-school teacher in 1978. He was elected as a Village Councillor in 1978 and became Chairman of the District Council North in 1979. He was elected as Member of the Mauritius Parliament from 1982 to 1995

and served for four consecutive terms, during which he honourably provided excellent leadership as Minister of Education, Arts and Culture and Minister of Education and Science; and has been credited with being the architect of the Mauritian 10-Year Education Master Plan, which spearheaded the development of Mauritius Education system.

After highly appreciated services in Mauritius, Mr. Parsuramen became a dedicated and renowned International Civil Servant. He joined the World Bank in 1997, as Education Policy Adviser and Coordinator of the education component of the United Nations Special Initiative for Africa (UNS IA) administered by the World Bank. In 1998, he was appointed Director of UNESCO s Division for the Renovation of Secondary and Vocational Education, and in 2000 he became Director of the same organization's Regional Bureau for Education in Africa before returning to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2004 to lead both the Secretariat of UNESCO Executive Board and that of its Governing Bodies; serving therefore as Secretary of both the Executive Board and the General Conference. In 2009, Mr. Parsuramen was appointed Director of UNESCO, New Delhi Office and Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka, where he served tirelessly until June of 2011 when he retired and returned home to Mauritius

Mr Parsuramen is the Founder President of the International Thirukkural Foundation. The aim of the International Thirukkural Foundation is to promote world peace, cultural harmony, universal love and other noble qualities. This is being achieved by encouraging deep studies at a wider global level on Thirukkural - the dissemination of the ideals of this great scripture at global level is one of the main objects of this Foundation. Under the leadership of Mr Parsuramen, the International Thirukkural Foundation organised several International Conferences on Thirukkural namely in Mauritius, India, United Kingdom, Australia with the aim of promoting the Thirukkural as a universal scripture. In 2020, the International Thirukkural Foundation will organise the First World Conference on Thirukkural in UNESCO, Paris.