Standards for Educational Advancement & Accreditation (SEAA) Trust, New Delhi  was founded out of a passion for building globally benchmarked peer reviewed quality in Higher Education by its initiator A.Thothathri Raman, a globaly awarded quality champion in higher education, particularly business education. The  SEAA Trust was set up in the year 2008 and it is a registered trust with annual tax return.   

Recepient of Frank V Mastrianna International Education Leader of the Year  of IACBE.Award received at the Annual Conference of IACBE at San Diego in 2014

The Frank V. Mastrianna Education Leader of the Year Award honors individuals who are exemplary higher education leaders and who have made significant contributions to an institution of higher education or a higher education organization

Education Leader of the year 2018


Standards for Educational Advancement & Accreditation (SEAA)  Trust

started in 2008 has now is completed its 10 years of International Accreditation Advocacy  experience!  We had 400 schools participating in our advocacy efforts and more than 150 international speakers  presenting from our platform! 

Thothathri Raman is a well known senior business journalist and former Executive Editor of Business India magazine and Editor of The Indian Management journal. He has   worked with leading business dailies and magazines of  the country spanning over three decades.  Mr Thothathri Raman is known to the world of higher education as a international quality champion having pioneered  the scientific Rating and Ranking of business schools  in the year 2000  and later in the year 2008 bringing in the global benchmarks of quality in business education by  introducing international accreditation in India in tandem with world's leading international accreditation agencies including the AACSB, AMBA, EFMD, ACBSP, IACBE and British Accreditation Council. The international accreditation awareness programme is being done for the past Ten years through the independent Standards for Educational Advancement and Accreditation Trust  based in New Delhi which he chairs as its founder. 

Mr Raman has stood for highest quality and probity in business and has been a  monitoring and commenting from the ringside the way the Indian businesses took their baby steps to now emerge as world's most coveted achievers. The last three

happening decades for Indian business and economy  has seen many businesses grow and prosper only on the universal  experience of legitimate business practice and compliance. Mr Raman's writing has deeply influenced the policy making  in over a 100 sectors of the economy including the Railways, Power generation, Coal, Banking, infrastructure development among other segments. He has also been a keen technology enthusiast and has not only written numerous articles on the subject over the years but also authored a series of books on top of the line technology subjects E-commerce,  ERP and Knowledge Management including the first e-fiction book of India e-commerce@love set in 26th century. 

His KM book won national acclaim by bagging the Best Management Book of the year award in 2002!  His current interests are in internet of things,  cloud computing, business analytics and knowledge networks. He has also been an advocate of renewable energy in India from the eighties. 

Mr Raman is also a well known face among  the management education  thought leadership being associated with the leading professional bodies such as All India Management Association AIMA, Association of Indian Management Schools AIMS, Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), Indian Association of Autonomous Business Schools, IAABS, National HRD Network  among others and international bodies like CHEA International Quality Group, Washington, the International Association of E-commerce Consultants Atlanta and Peregrine Academics and Leadership Institute Wyoming. He is also a regular speaker and presenter in major national and international conferences on Higher Education Leadership. Family comprises a Son  & Daughter! 

Higher Education Forum Gujarat Chapter 6th annual conference conferred Education Leader of the year 2018 in September 2018 at Vadodara 

HEF Special Award for Quality in Higher Education

Higher Education Forum, based out of Navi Mumbai  conferred  its Special Award for Quality in Higher Education on A.Thothathri Raman, Chairman of SEAA Trust, New Delhi in 2015 to recognise his work on introducing international quality benchmarks through international accreditation in India.

Professional Experience   Business Journalist 33 years (1979 to 2012).
Freelancer from 2012. 

The Financial Express Kolkatta and Chennai 1979 to 1981
The Business World & Business Standard Chennai (1982)
The Hindu (1983)
The Economic Times (1984-1989) Bangalore
The Observer of Business and Politics (1990 to 1992) Hyderabad and Mumbai
INDIAN MANAGEMENT Journal of AIMA (1996 -2000)
The Business India fortnightly (1992- 2012) Mumbai and Delhi


Thothathri Raman is a globally awarded  quality champion in Higher Education leadership and is a well known name in the field of education  ideation and thought leadership in India. He is the pioneer in  introducing Business School ranking in the country and also International Accreditation that is transforming B-school education  in powerful ways.  An economist by education and practice, and being a passionate communicator, he has been  impacting strongly on the  Indian education scene  through his interaction with the education leadership in Indian and global fora  for the past two decades.  Mr Raman has  a degree in Economics from Government Arts College Ooty and a post graduate degree in communication from  Alagappa University to enable registering for a PhD in knowledge dissemination which he has been pursuing.

A former Executive Editor of Business India magazine, Mr Raman has more than three decades of experience in Business journalism and he has worked with The Financial Express, Businessworld, The Economic Times, the Business Standard, The Hindu business pages, The Observer of Business and Politics, the Indian Management journal of All India Management Association, HRD Newsletter of the  National HRD Network (NHRDN).  

Mr Raman has written  around 20  book titles  that includes a nationally awarded book on knowledge management and the first e-fiction book of India,  Hope, e-commerce@ love.  An avid traveller, a passion he shares with Smitha, his partner,  the couple completed a 8000 km road journey to the Indian southern coasts   starting from Delhi. The three week trip was preceded by one to Nepal in December 2018 by road. 

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