Board of Governors

The Governing Board manages the strategic intent of the institution. The membership of the Board is periodically reviewed to assure suitability and relevance. The Board is led by Shri. Manikam Ramaswami, the Correspondent of the Institution. The composition of the Board is both internal and external, with a majority from external, to assure independence of the Board. The budget is formulated annually and reviewed periodically to accommodate changing expenditure patterns based on external and internal forces.

The governing body is very active and effective in providing strategic direction to the institution. The body meets periodically and reviews the institutions performance in terms of enrollment, curriculum, infrastructure, placements, staffing, admission procedures, as well as any other pertinent aspect influencing the conduct of the institution.

Age : 60 years

Qualification :B Tech (Mechanical Engineering), IIT Madras, Awarded Banco Foundation Gold Medal for securing the first rank in Mechanical Engineering

Occupation : Chairman & Managing Director Loyal Textile Mills Ltd, Chennai

Others : Honorary Consul for Republic of Maldives, Chennai, Past Chairman, The Southern India Mills' Assoicaition, Vice Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu, Member - Committee of Administration (TEXPROCIL), Member, - Committee of Administration, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, Correspondent, Thiagarajar School of Management Secretary, Thiagarajar College of Preceptors, Correspondent, Thiagarajar Model Higher Secondary School

Smt. Valli Ramaswami manages Manickavasagam Charitable Foundation and ably supports the management of the Institution.

Shri R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at St Xavier’s Kolkata, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a corporate leader for 48 years: 31 years in Unilever and 17 years in Tata. He served in Jeddah as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, and as Executive Director of Tata Sons. Apart from serving as a Director on the TATA parent board, Tata Sons, and he also served several Tata group companies. Currently he serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

Mr. B.T. Bangera, an Electrical Engineering graduate from Bangalore and Post Graduate in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad .He possesses nearly 38 yrs of Industrial Experience mostly with Multinationals like ABB and Fenner India Ltd.,

Last 15 years he has been working as Managing Director of a Madurai based company M/S Hi-Tech Arai Limited which is in Joint Venture with M/S Mitsubishi Corporation –Japan and M/S ARAI Seisakusho Co.Ltd., Japan. The company manufactures Precision Polymer Engineered Automobile parts.

He is actively involved in Educational field being member of Board of Governors of many Management Institutions. He is an active member of All India Management Association and Confederation of Indian Industry. He is also on the Board of Trustees of various Non Governmental Organizations involved in Community Development. He is also one of the Directors of Quality Circle Forum of India.

Mr. Bharath Krishna Sankar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Aparajitha Corporate Services (P) Ltd, headquartered at Madurai: which is into HR and Compliances related KPO services.

Academic distinctions:

  • First in Chartered Accountancy Intermediate at the All India level
  • First in Chartered Accountancy Final at the All India level
  • First in Cost and Works Accountancy Intermediate at the All India level and
  • Fourth in Cost and Works Accountancy Final at the All India level

Mr. Bharath is an exceptional coach and mentor, with passion for developing and nourishing the entrepreneurial spirit in youngsters. Started about eight years back, Aparajitha group has grown from just 10 people and a turnover of about 20 lakhs to a group of 450 people with a turnover of over 120 crores for year ending March 2009. Aparajitha is the only organized company in India to take up ‘personnel related compliances management services’ and ‘contract labor regulation services’. The operations are spread all over India with operations covering about 1200 locations, resident representatives in all the 30 States and 18 branch offices across India. Nokia, APC, ITC group, Unilever, L&T, Reliance, Tata VSNL, Birla Sun life, HDFC, Bajaj Allianz, Oracle, NIIT, LMW, the TVS group, CUMI are among the prominent customers of Aparajitha.

Aparajitha Foundations, a trust promoted by the group, has started ‘thalir thiran thittam’ with a vision of creating a transformational change through awareness at the school level by giving school students an exposure to skills which are extremely important in life. The Tamil Nadu Government has issued an order for this project to be taken to 4239 schools across the state.

Bharath’s areas of specialization include human resource development, financial management and facilitation of change management through organizational development interventions. He teaches at the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. He was awarded the Great Lakes Oscar for Best HR faculty in the year 2006. He is the Former Chairman of the Madurai Zone of CII.


Earlier:Director :MBA Programme Fatima College, Madurai – 1999 to 2001.

General Manager: HRD and Materials Fenner (India) Ltd – 1992 to 1999

Prior to joining Fenner, he was with Madura Coats for 20 years as General Manager and 6 years with Binny Limited, Madras.

Joseph Zachariah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Economics from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Business Administration from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Also, he is a Certified Master Facilitator for Human Resource Development. He specialised in “Leader Effectiveness” Programme – learning through non-correctional experiential learning process.

He is also a visiting faculty for many institutions teaching MBA students.

Completed Programme for Young Managers (10 weeks) in Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) – Hyderabad, and General management Programme (8 weeks) in IIM-B

Born in Chennai on 11th August 1946. Did his school education in Madras Christian College High School, graduated in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai and later professionally qualified as a Charted Accountant. Joined the family business of THE HINDU in 1969. Became General Manager in 1977 and Joint Managing Director in 1995. Presently Co-Chairman of THE HINDU and M/s. Kasturi & Sons Limited (Publishers of THE HINDU and other allied publications).

Posts held in Newspaper and Media Industry bodies:

  • President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) – (1983-84)
  • Chairman, Council of Management, Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) (1996-97)
  • Chairman, National Readership Studies Council (NRSC) (1998-2000)
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) (2003-04)
  • Elected as first Board Member from South Asia of IFRA, Darmstadt, Germany (the world’s leading association for media publishing) (1998-2004).
  • Conferred “Distinguished Service Award” by the Advertising Club Chennai in 1995 for contribution to Advertising.


  • Chairman, Board of Trustees of Press Institute of India – RIND;
  • Member of the Board of World Association of Newspapers (WAN), Paris.
  • Involvement in other associations and institutions:
  • President, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, (1994-96);
  • Trustee, Media Development Foundation, Chennai;
  • Member of the Board of Governors of Thiagarajar School of Management (Affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University), Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Trustee of The Music Academy, Madras (up to November 6, 2005);
  • Currently, President of The Music Academy, Madras.

Lakshmi Narayanan is the vice chairman of Cognizant. He was the CEO and president of Cognizant until 2006.

Lakshmi has played a leading role in the global information technology industry for more than 25 years, managing divisions and business units in Europe, India and the United States. Since joining Cognizant Technologies in 1994, he has been instrumental in formulating the company’s strategy and building and managing the organization’s development centers in India, where he is based. A member of Cognizant’s Board of Directors, Lakshmi spends time traveling extensively in the U.S. and Europe to meet clients.

He recently served as Chairman on NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies).

Lakshmi began his career at Tata Consultancy Services, growing through the ranks from developer, to technologist, to program manager, to business leader. He was a regional head of Tata in India when he joined Cognizant as CTO. He holds a BS and MS in science and electronics from Bangalore University (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Lakshmi Narayanan was awarded the Dataquest IT Person of the Year 2008 by the CyberMedia group's IT publication, Dataquest.

Prof. J. Philip, is currently President of Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore, which is one of the fastest growing business schools in India. XIME is accredited by AICTE.

He was Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore during 1985-91. During his tenure at IIMB, the Institute had grown significantly in its activities and programmes. Harvard Business School and XLRI educated Prof. Philip, has a rich blend of experience in Management, both in public and private sectors, educational administration and in Human Resources Development.

Prof. Philip started his career at Xavier Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur in 1960, where he became Dean and Professor of Management in March 1970. He was one of the founders of the MBA Programme of XLRI. Prof. Philip left XLRI in 1971 to join Steel Authority of India Limited as the Principal of the Company’s Central Management College in Ranchi. In January 1980 he joined Oberoi Hotels Group as its Vice President (Human Resources). He was with the Oberoi Group of Companies for over five years managing its Human Resources function world-wide.

He was the President of Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) during 1979-80 and the recipient of the Society’s Best Member Award in 1978. Prof. Philip is the Founder President of the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) – the National Association of Management Schools/University Departments of Management in the Country (1988 – 92).

He is widely travelled both in the East and the West.

He was honoured by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) by bestowing upon him the Ravi J. Mathai National Fellow Award for life time contribution to the cause of management education in India.

He is also the recipient of Ambedkar National Award for distinguished contribution to Management Development presented during the second Convocation of AIMS, Visakhapatnam.

S. Sridhar, currently Chairman and Managing Director of Central Bank of India since March 2009, is a banker with more than 37 years experience in commercial and development banking. Earlier Mr. Sridhar was Chairman and Managing Director of National Housing Bank, the apex financial institution for housing and the regulator for housing finance companies. Central Bank of India is a leading public sector commercial bank with over 3600 branches across the country, about 35000 employees and total business of Rs.2.7 lakh crore.

Mr. Sridhar is widely acknowledged to be an innovative, market oriented banker having provided transformational leadership to the organisations he had worked in. A number of new development and financial initiatives were launched during his tenure in NHB including the country’s first residential property index, housing micro-finance, reverse mortgage for senior citizens, Electronic registry of mortgages. Mr. Sridhar was a pioneer in championing the concept of affordable housing in India and contributed significantly to public policy formulation in this regard. Within a year of his assuming charge as Chairman and Managing Director, Central Bank has recorded historic highs in total business, net profit, asset quality. In particular, he provided a major thrust to infrastructure financing in Central Bank and developed international linkage. Prior to joining National Housing Bank, Mr. Sridhar was Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Exim Bank of India, India’s apex export financing institution between 2001 and 2006. He was responsible for initiating and developing the corporate and project finance business of the bank as also expanding its resources mobilization nationally and internationally. In 2006, Mr. Sridhar led successfully the first Samurai bond issue by an Indian entity which marked the reentry of India into the Japanese bond market.

Mr. Sridhar also worked for about 12 years in State Bank of India, India’s largest commercial bank in various capacities.

Mr. Sridhar has served in various national level committees and task forces for framing financial sector policies. He is a member of the National Council on Infrastructure of the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s apex industry association. He is a member of the Managing Committee of the Indian Banks’ Association, member of the Governing Councils of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He is also a Member on the Board of LIC of India and on the Board of Indo-Zambia Bank. He has been an invited speaker / panelist at national and international Conferences convened by UNCTAD, UNHabitat, UNESCAP, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, ADFIAP.

Mr. Sridhar studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He was awarded the Lord Aldington Banking Research Fellowship for the year 1984 by the Indian Institute of Bankers

Professor N. Venkiteswaran is a graduate in Economics from Madurai Kamaraj University and a Chartered Accountant (CA), having passed the CA examinations with distinction. He was also the recipient of medals for outstanding scholastic performance in the Post-graduate Management Accountancy Course (Part I) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He brings with him rich and varied experience both in the academia and in industry. Prior to joining the Thiagarajar School of Management in July 2010, he was a Professor with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) for more than 22 years. Earlier he had held managerial positions in companies such as Rallis India Limited, Mumbai and Tube Investments of India Limited, Chennai.

At IIMA Professor Venkiteswaran has been teaching, besides core courses in Financial Management and Strategy, specialised and widely-acclaimed courses on Mergers, Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Company and Business Valuation and Corporate Governance in the post-graduate, doctoral as well as executive development programmes. He has also published cases and articles in these areas. He has also been Chairperson of the Business Policy as well Finance and Accounting areas at IIMA on various occasions.

He was a visiting scholar with Group Essec, Cergy, France under Euro-India Exchange Programme during 1991-92. He was also nominated by the National Foundation of Corporate Governance/Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India as a member of the Indian delegation to participate in a Trainers’ workshop on Corporate Governance conducted by the Global Corporate Governance Forum, a World-Bank affiliate in June 2005 in the Washington, DC.

A consultant and trainer to leading corporates in the areas of corporate and financial strategies, mergers, restructuring and corporate governance, he has also been an independent member of the boards of directors and board committees of companies in the public and private sectors. He is currently an independent director on the boards of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Virgo Engineers Limited, Dalton Capital Advisors India Private Limited and Asit C. Mehta Investment Intermediate Limited. He also currently chairs the Audit Committee of BPCL.

He was a member of the Takeover Regulations Advisory Committee constituted in 2009 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) under the chairmanship of Shri C. Achuthan to review India’s Takeover Regulations. Earlier he was a member of the Central Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Ministry of Finance, Government of India (2005-08) and a member the Study Group on Mutual Funds set up by the Government of India (1991) for evolving an appropriate regulatory framework for the mutual funds industry in India. He has also served as a member of several special committees/task forces constituted by/ at the instance of the Government of Gujarat.

His managerial experience spanned management accounting and reporting, financial planning and treasury management and corporate planning functions.

Dr. Purna Banerjee is presently associated with Presidency University, Kolkata as Associate Professor. She is also well-known for here regulatory affairs with UGC and other government education bodies. Presently she is in the board as a representative of UGC.

Dr. V. Chinnaiah, M.Com., M.B.A., M.Phil, B.L., Ph.D., is one of the acclaimed academician in South India. Presently, he is the registrar incharge in Madurai Kamaraj University, besides his professorship at Department of Management Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University. Dr. V. Chinnaiah serves the board as a MKU representative.

Prof M Selvalakshmi has done her Ph.D. in Retail Management from Madurai Kamaraj University. She has done her FDPM from IIM Ahmedabad in the year 2011 and also has cleared SLET Qualifying Examination.

She has over 14 years of experience in teaching subjects such as Marketing, Strategy and Business Communication. She specializes in the field of Marketing and Strategic Management. Her area of research interest includes Service Quality and Sales management. She has published over 20 research papers in national and international journals including a case which was published in The Case Centre, USA. She has been the Dean- MBA programme from 2009-2011 and has supported in the co-ordination of Admissions, Placements, Pre- Placement Preparation activities of the Institution.

Has been involved in the Government Initiatives such as:

Training programme for the Head masters of Government Schools under the “Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan” scheme and Training Programme for the Staff of India Post through PROJECT ARROW

Earlier she served in the Education services industry in the field of Sales and Marketing for a period of three years and has been recognized with the Award of Excellence by Laxvel Systems Pvt. Ltd. for the year 1999. She has trained the executives of Airtel India Ltd, Ramco Cements, ICICI Prudential Life, HDFC, Eveready Industries, Kodai Automobiles, TVS Tyres, Honeywell Technology Solutions in Marketing and Personal Effectiveness

Is currently a member of the Board of Studies in Lady Doak College and a University Nominee in the Board of Studies of Kodaikanal Christian College and V.H.N.S.NCollege

Dr. N. Manjula has more than 18 years of experience of academics , research and consultancy. Interested in the field of Marketing with special focus on Product and Brand Management & Rural marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Digital Marketing. Recently completed her FDP at IIM Ahmadabad. A soft skill trainer and had contributed to the training programmes for the Department of Posts and the Headmasters of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.

Consultancy offered in the area of Customer Relationship Management for JVS Exports, Madurai. Attended nearly 15 workshops and Faculty development programmes related to the management and marketing areas. Presented papers in 4 International and 14 National level conferences and Seminars. Had contributed 10 publications in journals and Contributed a chapter for the book authored by Prof.Sounderapandian “ Green Productivity practices in small and medium enterprises “ 2007.

Contributed a topic called “ Crowd Sourcing – no more vital few and trivial many “ International Marketing in Asia, pacific issues and Challenges, Book Published by Macmilan.. Nov 2009. Recently presented a paper in XLRI Jamshedpur on " Green Marketing". Nearly 45 lectures delivered on various topics in Marketing area among the industry and the institution participants.

A Member of Madurai Management Association, Advisory Board Member- MBA Department, S.Vellaichamy Nadar College, Nagamalai, Madurai, Member of Board of Studies – Lady Doak College, CII—Member (Learning and Development Cell), Madurai Zone. Secretary of VP Nagar Residents association, Madurai.