His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago administered the Oath of Office to Professor Ramesh Deosaran ORTT (Emeritus) to the Police Service Commission as Chairman on February 27, 2014.
Professor Deosaran is considered to be a public-service oriented, solution-driven researcher, par excellence. Having obtained his BSc with 1st Class Honours in Social Psychology, Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1972, two years later in 1974 Professor Deosaran gained a Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology, Criminology and Politics. This was immediately followed by his PhD in 1976 in Applied Social Psychology and Sociology. The latter two academic successes were also gained from the University of Toronto.
Professor Deosaran returned to Trinidad and Tobago and immediately went about effecting change and developing syllabuses in social psychology for the Joint Staff Services College of the Ministry of National Security and the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus. He has also held workshops with nurses, teachers, many other professionals and the younger members of the society. He has generated over 125 papers in journals, chapters in books, entries in encyclopaedias and research and policy reports.
Now a much sought after researcher and consultant, Professor Deosaran has been associated with numerous international organisations such as the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, the United Nations Inter-Regional Crime and Justice Research Institute, CariCom, the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organisation of American States and the World Bank. His expertise has also been sought after by many governments which include St Lucia, Germany, the United States and Canada.
In Trinidad and Tobago his name is synonymous with most initiatives to combat psychological and social contributors to crime through his service on numerous committees, task forces, commissions and panels.
During Professor Desoran’s reappointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission His Excellency, the President said that for some time now, he has been bellowing in the wilderness for citizens to move from the status of citizenship to patriotism and in this regard Professor Desoran is well qualified to be reappointed to the position.
His Excellency further stated that although the reappointment function may appear to be transient it is not. For far too long, public service in Trinidad and Tobago has not been celebrated and while Professor Deosaran may have been the recipient of many awards, in his capacity as President of the Republic, he must thank him for coming forward to give of his time, his family time and his professional life to this Republic of ours.
The President said to Professor Deosaran that public service is not easy and it has never been easy. It can indeed be a thankless job, but what propels us and what continues to motivate us, is at the end of the day, we can reflect and say “I am making a positive difference in the lives of my fellow citizens of this country.” Expect detractors, because whenever you engage in the business of doing good, there will be detractors.
His Excellency told Professor Deosaran that he sees him as a true patriot of the Republic and thanked him for his choice to serve his country instead of yielding to the numerous more lucrative offers available to him abroad.Share