Born in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka, in a middle class family with no political background, C T Ravi had a simple, modest and righteous upbringing. At high school, he became involved in the Raitha Sangha Movement in Aldoor Hobli in Chikkamagaluru. This laid the foundation for his active participation in Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad during his college days. As College Representative, and leader of the Kannada Sangha and Vidyarthi Sangha, C T Ravi honed his organisational skills and leadership quality. It was during this phase of life that he dedicated himself fully to the mission of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS).
C T Ravi soon became part of the Rashtriya Vidyarthi Okkuta, espousing the causes of fees concession and placement support for financially challenged students. This involvement acquainted him with many BJP leaders and ministers.
In 1993, he became the State Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). During his tenure, BJP mobilised a mass movement against land encroachment and for awareness to ensure drinking water for all, soon after which he took part in the Datta Peeta Horata movement through which he gained national recognition by enabling an amicable settlement of the long-standing religious dispute.
2004 marked C T Ravi’s formal introduction to the Karnataka political arena, representing Chikkamagaluru Constituency, where he defeated Congress’ Sagir Ahmed in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, by an overwhelming margin of more than 25,000 votes. This marked his maiden entry into Karnataka Legislature. He went on to win the 2008 and 2013 elections from the same constituency with convincing margins.
In his third term, holding charge as the Higher Education Minister in the 2008-13 Assembly, C T Ravi has been instrumental in enabling the setting up of three Polytechnic Colleges and getting one Medical College in Chikkamagaluru sanctioned.
He has also brought visible development to his constituency by working to improve water, health and sanitation facilities. Additionally, he has also addressed issues pertaining to education, justice, women welfare and agriculture in Chikkamagaluru.
Gifted with keen observation and supported by a great memory, C T Ravi is now widely recognised across Karnataka as a leader of sincere intent and clean reputation.
C T Ravi aims to introduce the biometric system in various educational systems while expanding the scope of private schools and colleges by bringing about a 60% fee fixation to annual expenditure.
Driven by values of responsibility and honesty, he believes in building the economy for the younger generations, dedicating his time and effort “For One, For All” .