M.Ananda krishnan, an eminent educationist and former vice chancellor of Anna university died on Saturday morning. He was affected by covid-19 and underwent treatment in a private hospital in Chennai. He was 92.
He was an Indian Civil engineer, chair man of IIT kanpur and also former vice chancellor of Anna university. He headed the Tamilnadu curriculum revision committee in 2017 to revise the Tamilnadu state board syllabus from classes 1 to X11.He served as vice chancellor of Anna university from 1990 to 1996. He was the one who introduced semester exams in colleges. He was also the vice chairman of Tamilnadu State Council for Higher Education. After his retirement, he actively involved himself with many organizations and colleges. He was also served as former chairman of university grants commission and headed AICTE. He also appointed as the advisor to the chief Minister of Tamilnadu on the matters related to IT and e-commerce. He was the one who adopted single window admission system which means counseling method for the admissions of engineering course across the state. He played major role in educational reforms for the past 3 decades. Though he retired from his work , he actively involved with the government to improve the standards of state education.
He boldly raised his voice against the state government for the corruption in the appointment of vice-chancellor chancellor. Because of the request from a committee headed by him,the government scrapped the entrance exams to the professional courses in 2006.
Former vice-chancellor of Anna University said that ” It is the great loss for technical education in Tamilnadu and the country. We have lost an academician with highest calibre and integrity. He was fighting against corruption in higher education and criticised the corrupt practices in the appointment of vice-chancellors. As a vice chancellor of Anna university, he introduced single window admission system for engineering courses in Tamilnadu “.
Munirathna Ananda krishnan was born at vamiyambadi on July 12,1928. He completed his UG degree Civil engineering in the college of engineering in Guindy. He did his PG Master Degree (MS) and PhD (civil engineering)in University of Minnesota. He started his career as Grade 1 senior scientific officer at Central Road Research Institute in Delhi for a year and appointed as one of the member of faculty of civil engineering at IIT kanpur. He joined as the chief of New technologies at the office of science and technology in United Nations commission on science and Technology for Development till his retirement from UN service in 1989.
He had written a book and also an editor on educational and technical aspects of engineering. He was also credited with over 100 articles, in peer reviewed national and international journals.
He received several awards including, padma shri in 2002 ,the fourth highest Indian civilian award and winner of the National order of scientific Merit from the president of Brazil in 1996.He was honored by the International Institute of Tamil studies in 1999.
The guiding head for education and academician in this world is no more.