Dr Repalle Shiva Praveen Kumar was born in 1967 in the Nallamalla forest region of Alampur village, Mahabubnagar (Dist), Telangana. His parents are Smt. Premamma and Sri. B.R.Savaranna, both served as government teachers. Dr Kumar leads an extremely disciplined life and is a compulsive fitness freak. Dr Praveen Kumar is an officer of prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS) of 1995 batch. In a career spanning 24 years of unblemished service, Dr Praveen Kumar served in both international and national environments and showed commendable leadership and prudence in resolving conflicts and maintaining law and order in sensitive regions of Telangana and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and former Yugoslavia. He was honoured by both Government of India and Telangana for his exemplary police service. He received several awards including Police Medal for Gallantry, President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Internal Security Medal, United Nations Police Medal, Independence Day Medal, Joginger Singh award for transparency in administration among others.
In a career spanning 21 years of police service, he held several important assignments with utmost sensitivity, prudence, and exemplary courage. He is widely known as the Superintendent of Police of Karimnagar district, and won the hearts and minds of people through people friendly policing and mainstreaming of hundreds of armed insurgents in Karimnagar district, which is the cradle of Maoist revolution in the country. During his tenure, people of Karimnagar took oath under the infamous ‘Huzurabad Declaration” that they will not allow armed insurgents to enter into their villages. He designed ‘Stay in Our Villages Campaign’ to motivate the government employees to stay in rural areas to serve the people better. The campaign came to be known as ‘Karimnagar Model’ which made a major positive impact on the government employees across the state. He made serious efforts to distribute the land to landless families in Karimnagar district.
Important Positions Held
• District Superintendent of Police, Karim Nagar and Anantapur, AP 2001-2005
• War Crimes Investigator, United Nations Mission in Kosovo - 2005-2006
• Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Detective Department, Hyderabad City Police
• Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Branch, Hyderabad City Police - 2010- 2011
• Secretary, Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare Residential Schools, Telangana and Erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, from 2012- to date
But he wasn’t fully satisfied with what he has been able to achieve in his life, and in a way, he felt some kind of void in life and became restless. He is fully aware of the plight of poor people and felt the pain of these people. Dr Kumar categorically says, “the weak continue to have weaker will as they are not aware of their true strength. What he hopes is a quantum leap, from nowhere to everywhere no matter what your background is, you must not kill your dreams.
His insatiable desire to see light in the darkened lives of poor and less privileged made him to look beyond the police service. A product of the government’s welfare institution himself, Dr Kumar hung up boots in 2012 and volunteered to serve the needy children from the most deprived sections of the society. As an emancipated person, Dr Kumar is fully aware of the role of education in human progress. He took over the administration of social welfare residential educational institutions in the year 2012. Dr Kumar’s central idea is that when a child labourer (Dr Kumar’s mother) could become a teacher and a mother of an IPS officer, a professor and a doctor, then he thought this story must resonate in every poor household in this community. Dr Praveen often exhorts “If not us, Who? If not now, When?
As a Secretary of social and tribal welfare educational institutions, he has been instrumental in transforming and impacting the lives of 200,000 poor children and he strongly believes that gap between rich and poor is opportunity. He breathed new life into moribund welfare residential institutions by introducing various path-breaking student and teacher empowerment programmes and exposing poor students to a world of new opportunities hitherto unheard of in the annals of the government education sector in India. He could bring the much needed turnaround and could catapult these welfare institutions onto the global map. Today, under Dr Kumar’s leadership, sons and daughters of daily wage labourers, farmers, vegetable vendors, masons, rickshaw pullers, roadside tea sellers, peons and auto drivers coming out with flying colours in various national level entrance exams like IIT-JEE, NEET, Law CET, Indian Maritime University, Delhi University and Azim Premji University and in sports, mountaineering and extra-curricular activities. This year alone, more than 500 students got qualified in JEE (Mains) and it is historic that close to 150 students from social and tribal welfare institutions entered into medical colleges. Dr Praveen Kumar is widely known as the brain behind the success story of the Everest conquerors Malavath Poorna and Anand. Malavath Poorna, a 13-year-old tribal student created a spine-tingling history on 25th May, 2014 by becoming the youngest girl in the world to scale the Mount Everest, and Anand Kumar is the first boy from the most marginalized to scale the Mount Everest.
Dr Kumar was awarded the first ever Telangana State Excellence Award 2017 in recognition of his selfless efforts in liberating thousands of marginalized children from all forms of poverty and eventually placing them in the orbit of higher education, eternal prosperity and self respect.