Honorary Advisor Prof.Dr.D.Viswanathan

Prof.Dr.D.Viswanathan did his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Annamalai University, Master's Degree in Production Engineering at the College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras. He obtained his Ph.D. from I.I.T. Madras in the field of Metal forming (Mechanical Metallurgy).During his Ph.D. Programme he worked on Trissule Missile Project, which was sponsored by His Excellency Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then Director of DRDL in 1984.

The project was successfully completed under the guidance of Professor K.A. Padmanabhan, Former Director of IIT, Kanpur and these technologies namely Technology of Superplastically formed hemispheres of Titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V for potential application in the formation of Air bottles for flight vehicle applications- Trissule Missile of Indian Defence were transferred to HAL, DRDL and ISRO for the production of aircraft, rocket and missile components. Through his work for the development of missiles and rocket components he was awarded THREE INDIAN PATENTS.

D. Viswanathan has closely associated for his research and development with DRDO, HAL, Atomic Research Centers, ISRO, RRL, DMRL and many leading industries. The Superplastic Forming Technology developed by Dr. D.Viswanathan was an unique and the same was implemented for the production of missile, rocket and aircraft components which resulted in substantial savings of foreign exchange, as it was an import substitution. He has guided five Ph.D. scholars in the field of Mechanical Engineering and Media Technology. He has published more than 50 National and International research publications. He also worked as Director of Audio Visual Research Centre and Director of Centre for Educational Media Technologies and he has produced more than 100 educational television programmes for the countrywide classroom programme broadcasted by UGC in Dhoordharshan, New Delhi. His vast experience of teaching helped him to introduce several innovative courses in the field of Electronic Media, which have become useful and attractive from the career point of view of students. Dr. D.Viswanathan was instrumental to start the new department namely " Department of Media Sciences" in Anna University in the year 2001. He started the following Electronic Media programmes in Anna University for the FIRST TIME IN INDIA - i) B.Sc. Electronic Media ii) M.Sc. Electronic Media (5 Years Integrated).

He has teaching and research experience of spanning over 32 years in Anna University. Starting from a modest career as a lecturer in mechanical engineering, he rose to the highest position of Vice-Chancellor of Anna University. Dr. D. Viswanathan was appointed as the seventh Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai by the Chancellor and Governor of Tamil Nadu on 24.6.2005 for a period of three years. All Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu state were affiliated with Anna University.

As a Vice-Chancellor, Dr. D. Viswanathan started the following undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Engineering & Technology disciplines. 1. B.E. Materials Science and Engineering 2. B.E. Agriculture and Irrigation Engineering 3. B.E. Bio Medical Engineering 4. B.Tech. Apparel Technology 5. M.E. Manufacturing Systems Management. 6. M.E. Bio Medical Engineering, 7.M.E. Integrated Water Resource Management. 8. M.Tech. Coastal Management (Rs.4.80 crores frunded by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India. 9. M.Tech. Nano Science and Technology (Rs.4.50 crores funded by DST, Govt. of India. 10. M.Tech. Food Technology (Rs.7.50 crores funded by Dept. of Bio Technology, Govt. of India).

Prof. Viswanathan took keen interest in promoting research activities on par with International Universities. He signed memorandum of understanding with 50 International Universities across the globe namely USA, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norvey, Italy, Sweden, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Newzeland, etc. for research collaboration & students, faculty exchange programmes. He also signed MoU with leading 25 Multi-National Companies like Microsoft, USA, IBM, British Broad Casting Corporation, Flextronics, Helmholtz Association of Germany on Energy Research, Altera International Limited, Hong Kong, Renesas Technology, Singapore and many other industries.

Dr. Viswanathan, started new Advanced Research Centers like Centre for Technology Development and Transfer, Centre for Distance Education, Centre for Nano science and Technology, Information and Communication park in Collaboration with CDAC, Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation Research, Centre for Intellectual Property Rights, Centre for International Affairs, Centre for Catalysis and Petroleum Technology, Knowledge Data Centre, Digital Knowledge Centre, Centre with Potential for Excellence in Environmental Sciences, and AU-KNU Research Institute for Synergy Technology.

Anna University has established Tamilnadu's First Interactive Satellite terminal under Ku band of EDUSAT for the purpose of online teaching and learning by all the Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu. ANUSAT was developed by Anna University and successfully launched by ISRO.

During his tenure, Anna University has achieved the NUMBER ONE RANK among the Universities in the country. Anna University produced highest number of International Publications and Ph.Ds. compared to any Technical University and Institutions in the country. Anna University received more than Rs.100 crores as research grant from national and international agencies. Anna University is the First University in the country certified as " Tobacco Free Campus ".

  • Dress code & Prohibition of Mobile phones was implemented in all the Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu
  • University Finance position was increased from Rs.75 crores to Rs.400 crores during his tenure.
  • Dr. D. Viswanathan, served as Chairman of the Southern Regional Committee, AICTE for a period of three years and also Chairman of the TNEA, and TNPCEE.
  • Dr. D. Viswanathan, has served as Member of many committees nominated by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu and also served as
    • Deputy Chairman of the UICEE Academic Advisory Committee nominated by UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education
    • National Advisory Committee of DST-NSF Sponsored Advanced Study Institute on Nano scale Science and Engineering.

Dr. D. Viswanathan received the most distinguished award namely " OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF ACADEMIC PALMS" conferred by the Prime Minister of French Republic for his contribution in the field of Education Internationally. This honour is for his contributions to the University Education, intellectual development, created international research Collaborations and exchange programmes. He has visited more than 100 international Universities including 20 Universities in France and signed MOU with 50 International Universities. He interacted with French University Professors & Scientists and signed MOU with them. This is the highest Civil Distinction award of France.

He received the most prestigious " International Socrates Award " from the European Business Assembly, UK at the famous Oxford Hall and this award was conferred on him for his outstanding achievements in excellence in technical education and research, remarkable reputation and successful professional achievements. He is the first Indian to receive this award.

He was awarded as Colonel Commandant of NCC, by the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India.

He is a celebrated member of Professional Bodies such as Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India), Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Society for Technical Education, Indian Institute of Plant Engineers, Fellow of Institute of Non-destructive Testing etc.

He is an erudite and renowned academic scholar, a high profile scientist researcher, an able administrator, a pragmatic policy maker, a great visionary and a socially conscious innovator.

Executive Director Prof.S.kuppuswami

Prof. S. Kuppuswami is well known for his Academic Administrative ability. He was responsible for establishing the department of Computer Science at Pondicherry Engineering College and also at Pondicherry University as a first Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department. In recognition of his excellent service, he was appointed as a First Dean of Ramanujan School of Mathematics and Computer Science and then as a Director of Educational Innovations and Rural Reconstructions (Pro Vice Chancellor) of Pondicherry University. He also served as acting Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University and Former Principal of Kongu Engineering College,perundurai for more than a decade and also a syndicate member of Anna University.

At present he is the Executive director of Vivekanandha Educational Institutions for women, Tiruchengode. He has been awarded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan National Award for Best Engineering College Principal by ISTE, Life Time Achievement Award by Nehru Group of Institutions, CSI Chapter Patron Award, Best Thesis Award from CNRS (National Council for Scientific Research) France and Indo French Research Fellowship. As an academician, he was responsible for introducing many innovative courses and established international collaboration. He has also served as an IT expert for UNIDO and UNESCO. He has been an External Assessor of Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. He has also been an expert member of apex academic bodies like MHRD, UGC, NAAC, NBA and AICTE. He has played a vital role in the implementation of IT in Government of Pondicherry. He is an active researcher in the field of Computer Science, published more than 100 research papers and executed national research projects. He has produced more than 15 Ph.Ds Scholars. He pioneered for the research and the development on Tamil Computers.


Total number of years - 42 - Academic - Teaching, Research & Administration




Number of years



Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai,


2008 –2019.


Acting Vice Chancellor

Pondicherry University

Jan. – April



Director – Pro Vice


Pondicherry University




Pondicherry University



Professor & Head, CSE

Pondicherry University



Professor & Head, CSE

Pondicherry Engineering College



Honoured Research


University of Grenoble, France

Oct. – Dec.



Visiting Asst. Professor

IRISA, University of Rennes , France



Research Scholar

IRISA, University of Rennes , France




College of Engineering, Anna University



Areas of interests: Service Oriented Architecture, Software Architecture, Agent Technology, Multilingual Computing, Data Communication Networks.


  • Indo French Research Fellowship for the year 1983.
  • Best thesis award from CNRS (National Council for Scientific Research) France for the year 1986.
  • Computer Society of India's Chapter Patron Award for the Year 2004.
  • Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan National Award for the Best Engineering College Principal for the year 2013 by ISTE, New Delhi.
  • Life Time Achievement Award by Nehru Group of Institutions, Coimbatore for the year 2014.
  • International Achievers Award towards Excellence in Education received from Former Deputy Prime Minister Mr.Korn Dabbaransi, Thailand, in the International Achievers Summit on 8th February 2015 at Bangkok.
  • Best Academic Administrator Award from Venus International Foundation, Chennai on July 2015.
  • Achievement Award from IETE, Erode Centre in recognition of the contribution for the development of Technical Education, November 2015
  • Outstanding Engineer Award from The Institution of Engineers (India), Coimbatore Regional Centre for the year 2016.

Countries Visited

France, UK, Bangkok, Belgium, Monaco, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Dubai, Egypt, Australia and USA.

Special Mentions

  • Syndicate Member, Anna University, Chennai 2012-2015
  • Member of the Executive Council, Court, Academic Council, Pondicherry University, Puducherry.
  • Chairman, Core Committee to suggest reforms on examination system since Dec. 2014.
  • External Subject Expert for the Screening Committee to scrutinize the PhD admission process in Medical Informatics, 2014-15
  • Member in the Internal Monitory Committee, Anna University, Chennai since July 2014.
  • Member in the Standing Council, Anna University, Chennai since July 2014.
  • Executive Committee Member of the Anna University Sports Board (AUSB) since September 2013.
  • Project Review Committee Member for DST projects
  • Member Academic Council, MIT, Anna University, Chennai
  • Member Academic Council, Bharathidasan Govt. College for Women (Autonomous), Puducherry.
  • Was the Principal Investigator of the sponsored Project on Smart and Secure Environment at a cost of Rs. 1 Crore, funded by National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), Govt of India.
  • Was the member of the Indo-Australian research project on Cyber Security System.
  • Executed a research project to develop a specialized computer system with Tamil Braille language support for visually handicapped with funding from AICTE - Rs.15 lakhs.
  • Responsible for instituting and offering a 3 year "Masters degree in Management Engineering", at Pondicherry University in collaboration with University of Paris X, Nanterre and Alliance Francaise, Pondicherry and acted as the course director.
  • Developed and demonstrated a prototype model of Tamil Computer in 1996. Based on our work Tamil Nadu Govt. has taken up the research on Tamil Computer. Involved in standardizing the Tamil keyboard - tam99.
  • Associated in the establishment of CASIT Society, Pondicherry and planning for IIIT-P.
  • Involved as one of the member in preparing the IT policy of the Govt. of Pondicherry.

Other Distinctions

  • Expert Member of the UNESCO BANGKOK to account the employability of graduates in India, 2009.
  • External Assessor of Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK 2005-2009.
  • National Expert of UNIDO for setting up Information Technology Centre at Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Neyveli, 1996 – 1998.
  • Expert member of the UGC visiting team to access the proposal of JNTU for the grant of 12(b) status and to review the performance of JNTU during X plan period.
  • Expert member of NAAC for Accreditation of Universities and Colleges
  • Expert member of NBA of AICTE for Accreditation of Engineering Colleges.
  • Member, National Council for Computer Sc. & IT Education of AICTE.
  • Member, AICTE board of Studies for Computer Engg./Applications/IT
  • Expert member of AICTE for approval of new institutes and project funding.
  • Expert member of MHRD for project funding to REC‟s and IIT‟s.
  • Member of Faculty Selection Committee of Many Universities and Institutions.
  • Member, Tamil Computer research Committee of Tamil Nadu Govt.
  • Member, IT policy preparation committee of Govt. Pondicherry.
  • Member IT task force of Govt. of Pondicherry.
  • Member in academic bodies of many Universities and Institutions.
  • Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman of Computer Society of India Pondicherry Chapter from 1989 to 1994.
  • Chairman, Education and Research Division of Computer Society of India at National level for 2001 to 2003.