Profile of Prof. E. BALAGURUSAMY
E. Balagurusamy is currently working as Member, State Planning Commission and formerly worked as a Member, Union Public Service Commission of India a Constitutional body established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India for rendering advice to Government of India on matters related to recruitment, promotion and disciplinary cases related to various civil services.
He was earlier Chairman of Consortium for Educational Communications (a Government of India Society for implementing Multimedia Educational Systems in Higher Education) and Vice-Chancellor of Anna University Chennai (arguably the largest Technical University of India with about
300 engineering institutions under its academic guidance and control).
He holds ME (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering, Ph.D in Systems Engineering both from IIT, Roorkee and a Diploma in Education from U.K. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India).
He has devoted himself to promoting technical education, particularly computer education and training, in the country for the last three decades in all his various endeavors. His earlier assignments include distinguished stint in BHEL, HCL, Technical Teachers' Training Institute, Bhopal, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore and Mahaveer Academy of Technology and Sciences, Bangalore.
EBG, as he is fondly referred to, was the IT Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government for ten years. He regarded IT as a tool for massive social and economic transformation. As an Advisor, during 1980s and early 1990s he took computer education to rural masses by setting up IT training and education centers in major towns of Andhra Pradesh. He also initiated many steps to implement IT applications in Government administration and public undertakings. His initiatives became the foundation stones for E-Governance projects in Andhra Pradesh.
He also served as a consultant to Punjab and Rajasthan Governments on Science and Technology development during 1986 and 1987.
EBG is regarded as a creator and institution builder. He has established a large number of institutions and computer centers and serves on the boards of a number of Universities and Organizations, both in India and abroad. He was one of the founding members of NIIT Limited and founder director of Andhra Pradesh Technological Services Ltd. He served as a Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on 'Expert Systems' from 1991 to 2005, prepared project documents for establishing Rajiv Gandhi National University of Computer Science at Delhi (1994) and Punjab Institute of Information Technology at Chandigarh (1987).
A prolific writer, he has authored more than 35 books on IT and Computers, many of them are being prescribe as texts in Universities and Colleges through-out India. His books are very popular among students and teachers alike for their unique and distinctive learning methodology and simple writing style. Some of his books have been translated in to Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian languages. He is considered as the Asia's leading author of programming books.
Innovation is his way life. He believes in doing things differently rather than doing different things. In all his work he has introduced new approaches, new systems and a new philosophy in imparting technical and management education. He obtained a Ph.D degree for the innovative and pioneering work on Reliability Engineering (when the subject was at its infancy) in a record time of 14 months (from IIT, Roorkee).
Dr. Balagurusamy is known for his philosophy that "skill-based teaching begins with those skilled in teaching". A strong patriot, he says that our IT talent should be retained within the country to help develop the Indian Industry and economy. He has always been keen on including ethics and a value based approach to technical education and has been inculcating these into the next generation by leading an exemplary life (practices what he preaches).
Prof. Balagursamy has widely traveled India and abroad to attend meetings, seminars and conferences. He has visited UK, USA, Europe, Singapore, China, Thailand, Mexico and UAE.
His main areas of professional interest include Object -Oriented Technology, Expert Systems, Total Quality Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Technology Management, E-Business, Reliability Engineering, Management of Change and Strategic Management.
A philanthropist, he has established EBG Foundation, a Charitable Trust, to serve the socially and economically deprived sections of the society. Recognizing and rewarding talents among the young students is one of the main objectives of the Foundation.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
He is a proud
recipient of many awards and honours, and to cite a few:
Best PG Student Award (1974)
Leadership Award (1988)
Man of the year
PSG Alumni Award (1994)
Achievement Award (1996)
Fellow Award of Institution of Engineers (1996)
Author of the
Year Award (1998)
Excellence Award (2000)
Excellence Award (2000)
For the Sake of
Honour Award (2002)
Seva Ratna Award
and Development Award (2004)
World Technology Award (2004)
Padma Bhushan Award (2004) and (2005) by the Govt. of
Dr. Meghnad Saha
In recognition of
his accomplishments, he has been listed in the Directory of
International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (UK) and the
Directory of Distinguished Leaders (USA).