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A renowned humanitarian leader and spiritual teacher, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi is the guiding light of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Amma’s concept of education, stress on research and commitment to instilling universal values have come together to shape Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham into an institution where the latest advancements and discoveries combine with compassion and service-mindedness.
Swamiji Amritaswarupananda Puri is the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and President of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). He is the head disciple of renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). He has been living in Amritapuri Ashram since its inception in the late 1970s. He holds a Master's in Philosophy and is a renowned author and translator, has written: "The Irresistible Attraction of Divinity" (2019) and "The Colour of the Rainbow: Compassionate Leadership" (2014), as well as Amma's Biography. He has also translated into English more than 10 volumes of conversations between Amma and devotees, for which he also served as a compiler. He is a magnificent singer and composer of bhajans and has traveled around the world more than 30 times with Amma in her service.
In 2003, Amma appointed Dr. P. Venkat Rangan as the Vice Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Previously, Dr. Rangan founded and directed the Multimedia Laboratory and Internet & Wireless Networks (WiFi) Research at the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) where he served as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering for 16 years. He is an internationally recognized pioneer of research in Multimedia Systems and Internet E Commerce. In 1996, Dr. Rangan became one of the youngest faculty members to be awarded the Full Professor position at the University of California - just 7 years after his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Rangan has over 75 publications in International (mainly IEEE and ACM) Journals and Conferences, and also holds over 20 US Patents.
Prof. Sankaran received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and has had a long and distinguished career as a Professor, Chairperson, Principal, and an Academician. Since the founding of Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri campus, Dr. Sankaran has been a key academic leader in his role as the Principal, actively contributing to its development, and overseeing two NAAC accreditations of the campus with both of them yielding an A grade.
Swami Sankaraamritananda Puri (Dr. C. Nagarajan) is a senior disciple of Sadguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. He joined Mata Amritanandamayi Math in 1991. He is an ayurvedic physician by profession with a postgraduate qualification i.e, MD in Kayachikitsa. He has completed his BAMS in 1986 from the University of Madras and MD from the University of Kerala in 1991.
Dr. Prem Kumar Vasudevan Nair currently serves as the Medical Director at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He also serves as a Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Kochi. He is a skilled clinician par excellence and also serves as a Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Kochi.
Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan, Dean- Faculty of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, brings with him over 25 years of international research, management and leadership experience. Dr. Ramanathan’s focus and dedication is in preparing the next generation graduates for challenges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Management. He is a strong believer in an educational process that promotes creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship while providing the students with strong fundamentals.
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh pursued her Ph. D. in Computer Science from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and authored a research thesis titled Wireless Sensor Network to Detect Rainfall Induced Landslides. Her research work was instrumental in deploying the first ever Wireless Sensor Network system capable of issuing landslide warning. She has received U.S. Patent US 13/168,3572014. for this work, “Network based system for predicting landslides and providing early warnings”. She has an M. B. A. in Systems Management and Financial Management from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She completed her B. Tech. in Production Engineering from Kerala University.
Dr. Mahadevan S. currently serves as Deputy Dean of School of Engineering and Chairperson of the Department of Sciences at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus. His areas of research include Theoretical Nuclear Physics. He has attended several national conferences and international conferences and presented papers in the field of Theoretical Nuclear Physics.
Professor Kishore holds a Ph. D. from Florida State University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. Previously, he held academic positions in several leading British universities, including full professorial appointments at the Bradford University School of Management and the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. His research focus is on consumer knowledge, social networks and retailing. His papers have been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, etc. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Research & Industrial Marketing Management. His research has attracted funding from the British Academy. He has edited special issues of journals, chaired several conference tracks and given keynote/plenary speeches at international conferences. Prior to his academic career, Kishore served in the industry and has been a senior project manager with TNS India and the Market Analyst at Arvind Brands Limited.
Dr. N. Udaya Shankar currently serves as Campus Director, Amrita School of Agricultural Sciences, Coimbatore Campus.
Dr. (Col) Vishal Marwaha currently serves as Principal and Professor and Head, at Department of Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Kochi.
Prof. K. T. Moly currently serves as Principal at the College of Nursing, Health Sciences Campus, Kochi.
Dr. Jyothi S. N. currently serves as Principal at the School of Engineering, Amritapuri Campus. She holds a PhD degree from IIT Madras, and has served in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for over four years. Her areas of interest for research include process control, instrumentation, and environmental engineering.
Dr. Sriram Devanathan is the Principal of Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru Campus. He was fomerly the Head of Center for Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technologies and Professor & Chairperson in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus.
Dr. Balagopal Varma joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Amrita School of Dentistry in December 2004. He is currently serving as the Principal of Amrita School of Dentistry and Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He obtained his B. D. S. and M. D. S. degrees from the College of Dental Surgery, Manipal. He has worked as Assistant Professor in Pedodontics at College of Dental Surgery, Manipal & Mangalore. Before joining Amrita School of Dentistry, he was working as Professor & Head of Pedodontics at Ragas Dental College & Hospital, Chennai. He has also worked as a Senior Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
Dr. V. M. Nandakumaran received his Ph. D. from Indian Institute of Science in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics. Prior to that he did his M. Sc. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His current areas of research are Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos and Synchronization of Coupled Chaotic Systems. He has published 2 books and about 42 papers in top journals.
Dr. Sabitha M. joined Amrita School of Pharmacy in March 2000. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from St. John's Pharmacy college, Bangalore University and her Master's Degree in Pharmaceutics from the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctor Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, (Formerly known as Saugor University, SAGAR) of Madhya Pradesh which is a pioneer Pharmaceutical institution. She completed her Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation was titled "Chitin Nanogels as an Effective Nanocarrier for the Treatment of Melanoma via the Transdermal Route". She served as the Vice Principal of the School during the period February 2008 - September 2011. She has more than 17 years of teaching and research experience and has several publications in national and international journals.
He is the former Professor & Head at the College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala. He comes with a rich academic experience blended with an excellent track record in research and publications. His core area has been Soil Chemistry & Soil Fertility, followed by Radiotracer aided research in different disciplines, with extensive work on enhancing yield and quality of sugarcane. All these have resulted in excellent publications in top journals with over 35 publications including 15 international ones.
Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh currently serves as Medical Superintendent at Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi.
Dr. A. V. Shyam currently serves as Chairman and Associate Professor at School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Information Systems and Analytics area at ASB Coimbatore. He is also a member of the Post Graduate Programme Committee, Research and Publications Committee, Student Professional Development Committee and the Summer Internships Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Studies for MBA and MTech (Innovative Engineering and Entrepreneurship) at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
Dr. Manoj joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2007 after fifteen years of international work experience, where he headed the International Initiatives Office from Coimbatore. Dr. Manoj received PhD from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2019 for his research focusing on Disaster Management. He was educated in Singapore where he Majored in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. He completed his Masters in Information Studies, majoring in Information Systems from NTU and has an MBA in IT Management from University of Surrey, UK. He was a Naval Officer in the Singapore Navy for thirteen years where he specialized in Electronic Warfare and, in the rank of Captain, he took volunteer retirement in 2000 to pursue a career in IT and worked in an International law firm as an IT Manager. He then moved onto be the Singapore Country Manager for Softbridge Solutions, an IT service provider with offices in Japan, Singapore and India. Subsequently he left Singapore and moved to Australia where he worked as a IT Security Analyst in Sydney. Manoj has a keen interest in IT Security and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Sunanda Muralidharan is an Associate Professor in the area of Finance and the Chairperson of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham's MBA Program at its Kochi Campus, Kerala. She has over 24 years of experience in industry and academics and has been with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham since 2000. In the industry, she has been actively involved in project consultancy, including project monitoring, and rehabilitation of sick units. She was the financial consultant for some major projects including the Cochin International Airport project during her employment with Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation Ltd. (KITCO). She has a keen interest in capital markets and has headed the capital market operations of a financial services company as Assistant Vice President. With over 17 years of teaching experience, she has also developed study material in her areas of interest, which have been published by ICFAI and NCDEX.