Padma Bhushan Moosa Raza Sahib
He graduated from the Madras Presidency College, University of Madras with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English Language and Literature in 1958. He is the only triple gold medal winner from the University, In 1959 and was selected for the Indian Administrative Service for Gujarat (a state in India) in 1960, in the very first attempt. In 1964 he was posted as Collector and District Magistrate for the Banaskantha district in Gujarat.
He was picked up by the then Finance Minister of India, Morarji Desai, to head his home District of Bulsar for 4 years. He was given charge of the flood relief operations in 1968 as the Municipal Commissioner.
In 1975, he was appointed as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Madhavsinh Solanki. In 1998 he was appointed Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.. He was the youngest Indian Administrative Officer to head the National Textiles Corporation, Later as chairman and managing director of Gujarat State Fertilizers Company Ltd., the largest integrated Chemical & Fertilizer Complex of the country.
He retired from government service in 1995 after 35 years of service as Secretary to the Government of India having served in that position in both the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Steel.
Since 2000, he has also been functioning as the chairman of Southern India Education Trust, a minority promoted institution which is running a college for women, two high schools, a centre for women's studies, a centre for dyslexic children etc. More than 50% of the 9,000 students of these institutions belong to the majority community. Mr. Moosa Raza was conferred the prestigious award of Padma Bhushan in the Republic Day Honours in 2010. During the course of his services, he has been awarded the President’s Silver medal, the Shiromani Award, the Indira Priyadarshini Award, the Jewel of India Award, the Pride of India award and several other awards.
He has authored a book titled “of Nawabs and Nightingales” which is a collection of his early experiences in the Indian Administrative Service. He wrote another book titled In Search of Oneness in 2012, Moosa Raza has also published a collection of his Urdu poems under the title "Khwab-e-Natamaam" (Incomplete Dreams).