Lakshmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has her M.Phil and a Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from Madras University.
Her post Doctoral Master’s in Hospital Administration (MHA) from University of New South Wales, Sydney. She earned a Graduate Diploma in Education specializing in Human Society and its Environment form University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Annamalai University, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from HBO-Sydney.
Lakshmi is Dean of Research and Management Studies and was twice acting Registrar & Secretary (I/c), She was also the Dean of Management Programmes. Lakshmi is Professor and Centre Director for Human Development, and is Area Chairperson of Health Studies. She joined ASCI in 2005 and served as Programme Director of AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management (PGDHM) from 2005 - 2009. Under her leadership, the PGDHM ranked among the Top Ten Programmes in Hospital Management in India with 100 percent record of placement of PGDHM graduates in leading hospitals in India and abroad.
Lakshmi has been drafted into the 6-Member Expert Sub-Group formed by the Government of India on Health Care Regulation under the Chairmanship of Mr. Navreet Singh Kang, Additional Secretary & DG (CGHS), Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India to formulate the new National Health Policy in December 2014.
Department of Personnel and Training has recognized her as a Master Trainer on “Ethics and Values in Administration”.
She did a two-year (2009 – 2011) stint as faculty member at the University of Technology and Trainer at The Bridge Business College in Sydney, Australia. Upon her return to ASCI in 2011, she has been focusing in Health Studies Area. She directed several Management Development Programs (MDP/SEC/AMP). In company Training Programs (ICTPs) in the areas of Leadership Development, Human Resource Development, Women Empowerment, programs related to Hospital Management, Performance Management, Ethics and Values in Public Governance.
She is a regular faculty / resource person in the Commonwealth and multinational sponsored MDPs of ASCI for South Pacific Islanders in Papua New Guinea. She has been invited by Initiatives of Change to represent as a core facilitator for the program on ‘Heart of Effective Leadership’ at Caux, Switzerland in July 2014.
She was Project Director and Team Leader for the Certification Program on Service Delivery Management in Modernizing Government Programmes for the Government of Kerala, and a team member on a research project “Restructuring Kerala State Planning Board”.
Lakshmi has publications in reputed National / International journals.