Governing Council

Governing Council

KIA is governed by a governing council members and sets the strategic directions of the Institution and supports its growth and advancement. The GC members have rich and wide experience in the governance of academic Institutions and Industry.

S. No. Name Designation
Trust Nominees
1. Dr. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Kumaraguru Institutions, Coimbatore Chairman
2. Mr. M. Balasubramaniam, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Sakthi Finance Ltd. Coimbatore Member
3. Mr. Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru Institutions, Coimbatore Member
4. G. Muniasamy, Executive Director, Kumaraguru Institutions. Member
5. Dr. Vijila Kennedy, Principal, KCLAS, Coimbatore Member
TNAU Nominee
6. Dr. P. Irene Vethamoni Dean (Horticulture), HCRI, TNAU, Chairman of Board of studies in UG (Horticulture) TNAU. Member
External Experts
7. Dr.S.Babu, Dean (Agriculture), VIT, Vellore Member
8. Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, Chairman and Managing Director, Aries Agro limited, Mumbai Member
9. Dr. Shankar Venugopal, Vice President, Mahindra and Mahindra, Technology innovation and knowledge management, Chennai Member
10. Mr. Srikanth Suryanarayan, Managing Director, Ishka Farms, Tuticorin Member
11. Dr.E. Vadivel, Strategic Advisor (FPOs), Tamil Nadu Consortium of Farmer Producer Company Ltd. Member
Ex Officio
12. Dr.B.J.Pandian, Principal, Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture, Erode Member(Ex-officio)

Dr. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Kumaraguru Institutions, Coimbatore

Dr. B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, born in an aristocratic family from Pollachi qualified himself as a Barrister and later entered business. The high ideals of Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi had a profound impact on him. B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar has served in the Management Committees of many leading schools and colleges and worked for making values an integral part of the curriculum.

Mr. M. Balasubramaniam, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Sakthi Finance Ltd. Coimbatore

Mr. M. Balasubramaniam, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Company, holds Masters Degree in Commerce from Madras University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame University, USA. He was the Chairman of Coimbatore Zone of Confederation of Indian Industry as also a member of the Management Committee of Coimbatore Management Association. He is presently a senate member in Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore. Holding Directorship in most of the Sakthi Group of Companies he is also serving as the Correspondent of the Kumaraguru College of Technology and Secretary of Nachimuthu Gounder Mahalingam College.

Mr. Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru Institutions, Coimbatore

Mr. Shankar Vanavarayar is an accomplished business and organisation leader, a spirited patron of arts, history and heritage, a successful entrepreneur and an inspired educationist. In a highly dynamic and diversified professional career spread over 15 years, he has held leadership positions in businesses, educational institutions, social development organizations and programs within The Sakthi Group, and in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has a proven track record in building teams, strategic planning, managing programs and operations in multiple domains spanning business (textiles, automotive, financial services, agri-foods, retail), education (arts, science & technology), culture and heritage, community and social development, international youth affairs, cross national institutions and alliances etc.

G. Muniasamy, Executive Director, Kumaraguru Institutions

G Muniasamy is an Engineer and Management Professional with rich experience in Banking, Financial Services, IT and Academic Institutions. He is currently the Executive Director, Kumaraguru Institutions. He is part of the strategic team in Admission Management, Financial Planning, New initiatives etc. He had played a significant role in the development of Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture during its initial years. He also plays strategic roles in group institutions like Sakthi Polytechnic College, NGM College, Suddha Sanmarga Nilayam Institutions @ Vadalur.

Dr. Vijila Kennedy, Principal, KCLAS, Coimbatore

Dr. Vijila Edwin-Kennedy is a distinguished academician and an able administrator, who currently holds the position of the Principal of Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts & Science. Being the Founding Principal, she brings a blend of scholarship, professionalism, administrative competence and Integrity. She has a proven track record of being a visionary and an excellent administrator which has made her to excel in Institution building.

Dr. P. Irene Vethamoni

Presently Professor Irene Vethamoni is the Dean (Horticulture), HCRI, TNAU, Chairman of Board of studies in UG (Horticulture) TNAU, Coimbatore, Member of Board of studies in PG Education, TNAU, Coimbatore, Admission Committee Member UG / PG TNAU, Coimbatore and Academic Council Member, TNAU, Coimbatore. She also served as a Nominee Chairman of ASRB selection boards. She has published 3 books and 75 research papers in National and International reputed journals and guided many PG and PhD scholars..

Dr. S. Babu

Dr. S. Babu, Dean Agriculture, and Director School of Agricultural Innovations And Advanced Learning (VAIAL), at Vellore Institute of Technology. He is currently leading the Agriculture team in Vellore Institute of Technology with USP of precision farming and smart agriculture. Teaching genomics, proteomics, plant biotechnology, plant pathology and farming systems courses at VIT. He has handled many research projects and published more than 75 research papers.

Dr. Rahul Mirchandani

Dr. Rahul Mirchandani has 23 years of experience as Director of Aries Agro Limited Ranked amongst the 30 Most Innovative CEOs in India in 2014, he has pioneered several unique marketing processes and brand management tactics at Aries. He holds a Doctorate in Management Studies from NMIMS University, Mumbai and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MBA from the University of Canberra, Australia. A Past National Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Young Indians (CII-Yi), he is the architect of Yi’s Farmers Net program and has served on the CII Agriculture, Innovation, International Policy and India@75 National Councils.

Dr. Shankar Venugopal

Dr. Shankar Venugopal , Vice President, Mahindra & Mahindra leads technology innovation for the Automotive & Farm services business (AFS). He heads the intellectual property (Patents) and knowledge management functions. He is also the Dean of the Mahindra Technical Academy. Shankar is passionate about developing sustainable urban mobility solutions and his current interests span across electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and precision farming. He holds ten international patents and numerous new product innovation awards. He has developed a proprietary innovation methodology – Innovation FLOW – and trained 1000 + inventors and innovators. Shankar obtained a Ph.D in Materials Science and a gold medal for the best doctoral thesis from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Shankar completed his executive management program from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He teaches technology innovation management at premier engineering & management institutes in India & abroad.

Mr. Srikant Suryanarayan

On completing his Bachelor in Commerce from St. Alberts College Kochi, Kerala in 1993, Srikant proceeded to the University of Canberra for his Masters in Business Administration, specializing in International Business. In 2004, he joined the prestigious Wharton Fellows Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2016 the Aspen Institute, Italy. As Managing Director of the Tradelinks Group and a second-generation entrepreneur, his primary responsibility is to drive growth and explore new business opportunities. He has chalked out the group’s expansion strategy and vision: “film to farm to food to fork” this past decade. His entrepreneurship experiences, youth social engineering with Young Indian (Yi), and deep faith in the Indian growth story are passionate and unique strengths he brings to the company.

Dr. E. Vadivel

Dr. E. Vadivel, Former Dean (Horticulture) & Former Director (Extension Education), TNAU, Coimbatore. Currently, he is serving as a strategic Advisor of FPO’s incorporated 55 Farmers Producer companies with 1000 farmers in each. He was the state level consultant for collective farming project during 2017 – 20. He is the chairman and Managing trustee Agri systems Foundation. He served in various capacities and he is serving as an expert committee member for many organization and Institutes.

Dr. B. J.Pandian, Principal, KIA

Prof. B. J. Pandian is prominent among the students as an acclaimed Agronomy intellectual. He has tutored in Undergraduate Agronomy Courses for 14 years (full time) in AC & RI Madurai and Killikulam campuses. He also served as the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coordinator and Warden. He was the Head of the Department of Soil and Crops, AC&RI, Killikulam. He has guided thirteen Postgraduate and five Ph.D. students in the course of his tenure. He served as the Curriculum Development Member for syllabus revision. He introduced and formulated the syllabus for the course, Agricultural Heritage and was the resource person in framing curricula to both UG and PG students. He was in charge of preparing of e-learning materials and developing content for Distance Learning Course in Wasteland Development. He also prepared curricula and learning materials for the course, Advances in Irrigation Management. He has conducted a Certificate Course on Water Management with Central University, Tiruvarur. Besides, he has been external examiner for various state and national level exams.