Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar-Vice Chancellor of Anna University Chennai-An insight into the VC’s Profile.


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Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar is currently the Vice Chancellor of Anna University Chennai, one among the top technological universities in the world and the top technological university in India . He assumed charge in June 2008. His vision is to develop Anna University Chennai into a World Class Institution, renowned for its teaching capability, research tenacity and business acumen. His mission is to disseminate high quality technical education among the youth and inculcate values and ethics.

He has devoted himself towards teaching and research, building and grooming young engineers to face the challenges of the modern world. He joined Anna University , as a faculty in 1978 and rose to the position of a Professor in 1998. He has put in 3 decades of service in the teaching profession in various capacities. Even at the very young age of 39, his leadership qualities were recognized and the University bestowed on him, the Headship of leading the Department of Automobile Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Automobile Engineering at M.I.T campus of Anna University for 3 tenures and was Head of the Department of Production Technology at M.I.T for a span. During his tenure as HOD, he was instrumental in creating SEVEN new laboratories worth Rs. 5 crore.

• Automotive Electronics Lab (1999)
• Embedded System Lab (1999)
• Automotive Electrical Testing Lab (2002)
• Automotive Engine Calibration Lab (2002)
• Modern Automotive Components Lab (2008)
• Modern Engine & Vehicle Testing Lab (2008)
• Modelling and Simulation Lab (2008)

As an academician, he exulted as an active researcher interested in inventing things valuable to the common man. He is actively involved in research and has produced six Ph.D.’s in Engineering. He is an examiner of Doctoral Thesis in various Universities and External Examiner for a number of Ph.D. examinations. He has about 16 papers to his credit in International Journals, 20 papers in National Journals and more than 70 papers in National and International Conferences. He has written two books in Engineering Discipline.

Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar is a pragmatist and a reformer. During his term as Director, Centre for University-Industry Collaboration he was responsible for the Placement & Training Activities at Anna University . He was also instrumental in starting the novel and innovative programme called Tamil Nadu State Level Placement Programme (TNSLPP) which is beneficial for the students studying in all the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges throughout Tamil Nadu. Due to this TNSLPP around 22000 students from the 222 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu and 9000 students from University Departments have been placed in various National and Multinational Software & Core Engineering Companies with a minimum salary of Rs. 20,000/- per month within a duration of 3 years (2005-2008). He promoted the concept of ‘Dream Job’ which has provided opportunities for nearly 600 students who have received highly paid job offers, with salaries ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 17 lakh per annum. He has been providing encouragement and support for all students, particularly the students from rural backgrounds, some of whom seem to have a marginal disadvantage over their urban counterparts, in terms of their communication ability. During his tenure he also organized ‘Employability Skill Development’ programme to the students of affiliated colleges. He has organized training for CTS recruits at Anna University two times in 2006 & 2007 benefiting the faculty and students to the tune of Rs. 1.1 crore.

As a trendsetter, he has conducted a number of Short-Term Training Programmes for the new recruits of various Automotive Industries such as Ashok Leyland (15 days – 4 times during 1994), Engine Valves India Ltd. (15 days – 2 times during 2000 & 2001), India Piston Ltd. (15 days during 2001), Renault – Nissan (15 days – 4 times during 2008). He has organized National Seminars on “Modern Trends in Automobile Engineering” and several Faculty Development programmes. He was instrumental in conducting AICTE sponsored summer and winter schools.

A humanitarian by nature, he was involved in several socially and community related issues. He has organized socially relevant trainings, to help and assist underprivileged youth in the locality. On several occasions he has given invited talks in “All India Radio and T.V.” on a variety of subjects, towards popularizing Engineering principles, especially on topics related to Automobile, Railways and Placement.

He has always been proactive in providing the best learning environment to the student community. The growing popularity of this University in providing quality education has created a great demand overseas. He has initiated a number of MoUs between Anna University and foreign Universities like Osaka City University , Maastricht University , University of Joseph Fourier , France .

Known for his initiative and drive for Industry-Institute interactions, he has spearheaded several MoUs between Anna University and Industries like Cognizant Technologies Solutions, AIEMA, NISSAN, Cypress Semi Conductor Corporation. He was instrumental in installing the Open Source Lab by Cognizant Technology Solutions Ltd. benefiting the University. He has visited several countries and has participated in a number of International Academic and Industrial Forums.

He is an institution builder and a leading light. He has held various administrative and academic posts at Anna University . He is the Chairman of various committees at Anna University . He is also a member of various professional bodies including SAE, ISTE, ISNDT, ISME. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers ( India ) and also a Chartered Engineer.

He has served as an Expert Member in Departmental Promotion Council for Vikram Sarahai Space Centre (VSSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in selection / promotion committee for DRDO, in inspection committee of AICTE, Examiner in State Public Service Commission of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. At present he is a selection committee member for national organizations like ISRO, DRDO etc. He is also Advisory Council Member of SISI, expert member of Tamil Nadu State Council of FICCI and expert member of Madras Chamber of Commerce.

Humaneness is his characteristic feature. A man of discipline, Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, with his sereneness and tranquil personality, accomplishes herculean tasks in an affable manner. He is benevolent and at the same time an excellent task master. He is a skilled administrator, adept in understanding people and their personalities.

Simplicity and integrity are the hall marks of his success. He is easily approachable and highly creative. He inspires confidence and trust among his peers and treats every individual with due respect.

Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar was born in a small village called PALAMEDU near Madurai . After his schooling and B.Sc course at Madurai , he joined the prestigious Madras Institute of Technology for his Undergraduate Engineering Course in Automobile Engineering. He did his M.E. (Mechanical Engineering) at P.S.G College of Technology, Coimbatore . He completed his Ph.D. at I.I.T. Delhi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in “Vehicle Dynamics” area. Subsequently he did his Post Doctoral Research work at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.

He is blessed with his wife JEWELCY and they are blessed with three sons NISHANT, NITIN PRASHANT and NIRMAL JOSHUA.

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